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  • Locations: Arenal, Costa Rica; Carate, Costa Rica; Jaco, Costa Rica; Osa, Costa Rica; San José, Costa Rica; San Marcos de Dota, Costa Rica; Turrialba, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Program Fees: J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: All UWRF students, Non-UWRF students Internship Credits Available: Not available with this program
Credit Bearing: Credit bearing
Program Description:
Costa Rica Sustainability

Program Overview:

Tentative Program Dates: January 3-17, 2018

The Costa Rica J Term program is built around the theme of Sustainability and Eco-Tourism. Costa Rica is the premier international model of a country focused on the preservation of natural resources for the sake of environmentally-based tourism, both for the study and intimate experience of tropical biodiversity, but also adventure recreation.

This study program is a broad mix of activities and travels. Students experience everything from snorkeling and diving (scuba certification necessary) on the Caribbean and/or Pacific, as well as zipping along cables in the canopy of tropical forests, white water rafting, hiking in preserves and national parks and horseback riding. Also included are tours to coffee and banana plantation, visits to world-class birding, butterfly, and hummingbird sites, shopping in traditional arts and crafts markets, visits with traditional families and indigenous representatives and one-day excursions.

The program is designed to provide as broad of diversity of activity and experience as can be had. There is limited enrollment in order to keep the experience as personal as possible yet provide a fairly lengthy trip for a relatively low price.
Cost Rica sight


Costa Rica: Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Cano Island Biological Reserve, Pacvare River


BIOL 278 Costa Rica Education Abroad (g)  3 credits 

Costa Rica is considered the world leader in sustainable ecotourism. It preserves approximately 25% of its land mass, possesses the greatest density of species in the world and recently protected 2.5 million acres of ocean. Students will experience first hand the ecosystems and cultural diversity offered by Costa Rica.

This course counts as a General Elective course and as a University Requirement Global Perspectives (GP) course. 

Dr. Fred Bonilla ( is the program leader. 


 A breakdown of the costs related to this program can be viewed by clicking on the “Program Fees” link (in the table at the top of this brochure) for the desired term.
student group in Costa Rica

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Housing & Meals:

Lodging and most meals are included. Students will need to purchase only a few meals or snacks on major travel days.

Travel Arrangements:

The program fee includes round-trip airfare and fees from Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP), ground transportation and transportation throughout the country.

Additional Information:

Program entry fees and gratuities for drivers/tour guides are included in the program fee.

Students do not need to speak Spanish but learning as much Spanish as possible is encouraged. Students can get by with “please,” “thank you,” and “Where’s the restroom?” Costa Rica is very “English friendly”.

How to Apply:

Check out the information on How to Apply, then come back to this program’s brochure and click on the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.