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

Coffee and Chocolate: A Taste of Sustainability: Get a taste of Costa Rica as you explore the connections between these iconic crops and issues of conservation, social justice, and sustainable development. (SFS 3141, 4 credits)

Session II

Fundamentals of Sustainability Research: Investigate issues of biodiversity conservation and sustainability in Costa Rica’s vast network of national parks and protected areas – the perfect natural laboratory.  (SFS 4930, 4 credits)

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