Learning Abroad in Costa Rica

May 11 - June 4, 2015

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.  

Course Offerings

Classroom: May 11, 12, 2015
Costa Rica: May 14 - June 4, 2015

Earn 6 upper-division credits from the University of Utah.

Both courses can be applied towards the Environmental and Sustainability Studies major.

ENVST 4XXX:  (3)

Satisfies Group B: TBA

POLS 5XXX: The Politics of Sustainability Development in Costa Rica (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

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum age of 18
  • No Spanish language requirement

Program Cost

2015 estimate $4,300.

Cost Includes:

  • Tuition
  • Room (double occupancy)
  • welcome and farewell social events
  • Scheduled excursions
  • International health insurance

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Airport tax
  • Books
  • Meals
  • 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.

Pre-departure Orientation

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.

Application Process

  1. Visit http://www.learningabroad.utah.edu/.
  2. Click “Search and Apply.”
  3. 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.
  4. Use “Search Programs” to find your program of choice. You can search by Destination or use Type to search under “Faculty-Led.
  5. Once you find the program, click “Apply.”
  6. Application Steps:
    1. $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.”
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

Learning Abroad Center Contact Information

Phone: 801.581.5849
Fax: 801.581.5914

Upcoming Events

Spring 2015 Student Internship Deadline
January 5, 2015
5:00 PM

2015-2016 Scholarship Deadline 
January 23, 2015
5:00pm, Jennifer Watt's Office 

SWC Spring Seminar Series
"Water, climate, and carbon: Drivers of change in greenhouse gas emissions from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems"
January 23, 2015
175 OSH (Orson Spencer Hall)

GCSC Spring Seminar Series
"Earth & Environment and International Relations, Boston University"
January 27, 2015
4:00 PM
210 ASB (Aline Skaggs Biology)

Costa Rica Learning Abroad
Application Deadline
February 6, 2015



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