School for Field Studies Costa Rica

School for Field Studies Costa Rica — Academics

Program Structure

SFS is an affiliated program. You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades count toward your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

SFS offers field-based, environmentally-focused study abroad programs that are academically rigorous and include a directed research component.

Visit the School for Field Studies' website for specific program features and eligibility requirements.


Semester Coursework

Sustainable Development Studies: Examine different development and resource management models that Costa Rica uses to protect the biodiversity of its ecosystems while promoting socioeconomic benefits for its people.

You will enroll in five courses for a total of 18 credits:

Summer Coursework

Session I

Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Development: Examine the impacts of development on the environment and on society by understanding key historical and current aspects of sustainable development strategies in Costa Rica, coupled with knowledge of tropical ecosystem function and connectivity. (SFS 3520, 4 credits)

Session II

Applied Research Techniques and Strategies Toward Sustainability in Costa Rica: Design and conduct field research on a topic of immediate relevance to local clients and proposing alternative approaches toward sustainable development in an effort to help address challenges to conservation goals. (SFS 4930, 4 credits)

Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.