Find more information on the itinerary, cost,
and application process at Learning Abroad Center.
Visit this exemplar for the conservation of natural resources and economic sustainability. Tourism and high-tech exports have supplanted Costa Rica’s traditional agricultural export economy which includes coffee and bananas. Now, Costa Rica’s 12 distinct ecological zones draw eco-tourists who discover rain forests, rugged mountains, active volcanoes, and beaches along two oceans—all within a country the size of West Virginia.
Earn 6 upper-division credits from the University of Utah.
Both courses can be applied towards the Environmental and Sustainability Studies major.
GEOG 5963: Paleoecology of Costa Rica: Climate, Plants and Fire (3)
Satisfies Group B: Electives Biology and Natural Science of ENVST Major
ANTH 4962: Two Thousand Years of Tropical Forest Use in Central America (3)
Satisfies Group F: Humanities Behavior, Policy, and Decision Making Elective of ENVST Major
Take a closer look at policy, decision making, economics, and management issues related to infrastructure projects. Delve deeper to look at the interconnections of policy making, social equity, and environmental justice related to sustainable infrastructure.
Honors credit is available for those enrolled in the Honors College. The Honors College also offers a $1,000 scholarship to students participating in the Honors Study Abroad Program. Contact the Honors College for more information: 801-581-7383.
Excursions and Activities
Getting to Costa Rica
Air travel should be arranged by program participants. Pre-departure meetings serve as a great resource for arranging air travel with other students. All students will receive detailed instructions about when and where to meet the group in Costa Rica.
- Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Minimum age of 18
- No Spanish language requirement
2014 estimate $4,300.
- Room (double occupancy)
- welcome and farewell social events
- Scheduled excursions
- International health insurance
Does Not Include:
- Passport and visa fees
- Airport tax
- Personal expenses
- Local transportation
- Independent travel
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Visit the Learning Abroad Center for more information on the scholarship application process. Other forms of financial aid (student loans, grants, etc.) can be applied to the program cost. Visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information in SSB 105 or call 801-581-6211.
A mandatory pre-departure seminar will be held in April to introduce students to the course materials and provide program and cultural information. Participants will be contacted when this is arranged. At this meeting you will receive travel details as well as meet others in the group.
Application deadline: February 6, 2015
Note: Late applications will be accepted with an additional non-refundable $50 fee for 30 days after the initial deadline or until the program is full.
- Visit http://www.learningabroad.utah.edu/.
- Click “Search and Apply.”
- If you are a current U of U student, click “U of U Students” to log-in using your uNID and CIS password. If you are not a current U of U student, click “Non-U of U Students” to create a user account.
- Use “Search Programs” to find your program of choice. You can search by Destination or use Type to search under “Faculty-Led.
- Once you find the program, click “Apply.”
- Application Steps:
- $500 program deposit paid at the Cashier’s Window in SSB 105. You will download a payment form from the online application to take to the Cashier and then submit that form to the Study Abroad Office once it has been stamped “Paid.”
- A one-page personal statement describing how the program meets your academic and personal goals for the study abroad program. You will be able to upload your statement into your online application.
- One letter of recommendation from a university-level instructor.
- In the online application, you will submit the name and e-mail of the person you wish to be your recommender.
- Once you enter that information, an e-mail will automatically be sent to that person requesting a recommendation.
- The recommender will then complete an online recommendation form.
Please note: It is essential that you contact the recommender before you enter that individual’s e-mail address so s/he is aware of your interest in having the recommendation completed.
7. All applications will be reviewed by the program director(s) and Study Abroad advisor to determine eligibility. Notification of acceptance will be sent to your Umail address.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all the components of your application are completed prior to the application deadline.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
$300 plus any unrecoverable costs to the Learning Abroad Center at the time of withdrawal are non-refundable. To withdraw, the applicant must formally file a Withdrawal Form with the Learning Abroad Center.
If an applicant is determined ineligible to participate, the $500 deposit will be refunded in full.
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