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  • Locations: Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer, Summer Session 1, Summer Session 2
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  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer Session 1 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer Session 2 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Cristina Sosa Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Biology, Earth Systems, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation Click here for a definition of this term Program Options: Undergrad Research
Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: Center for Marine Resource Management Studies Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Additional Requirements: One college level biology or ecology course
Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: SFS Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Experiential Learning, US/Int'l Student Center, Volunteer Component
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly US Students Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: For Summer, 1st semester Sophomore; For Semester, 2nd Semester Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:

SFS COSTA RICA: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (SEMESTER)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Costa Rica is home to lush rainforests, towering volcanoes, rushing waterfalls, and a laid-back culture embodied by the national motto: “Pura Vida.” Spend a semester in the country’s many national parks, farms, and tropical ecosystems studying conservation, development, and innovative strategies for sustainability. Design and conduct an extensive field research project, collecting data and presenting your results to your peers and key community stakeholders.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Explore the cloud forests of Monteverde, home to 2.5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, to study tropical ecology and sustainable land management.
  • Take a weeklong expedition to Panama’s Chiriquí Highlands, a lush, forested region of volcanic peaks, coffee farms, rich Ngäbe-Buglé culture, and perpetual spring-like weather.
  • Go behind the scenes at a local coffee farm and sustainable permaculture homestead to learn how Costa Ricans have successfully combined agriculture and conservation.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Sustainable Development Studies. The Center is an active organic farm overlooking the vibrant Central Valley, where green is the predominant color as far as the eye can see. Dorms and classrooms intermingle with orchards and gardens, while Center dog Hera keeps watch over it all. The friendly town of Atenas is a 10-minute cab ride away, offering restaurants, shops, parks, and cultural events.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change and tropical ecosystems
  • Agroforestry and conservation
  • Permaculture
  • Avian behavior
  • Urban ecology
  • Sustainable ecotourism
  • Carbon sequestration
 

CORE SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Biodiversity assessment
  • Songbird mist-netting
  • Forest soundscape survey
  • Basic Spanish language
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
 

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
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Program Content

SFS semester and summer programs offer high-quality interdisciplinary academics at the undergraduate-level, accredited by Boston University. While the majority of our students are college undergraduates, motivated high school students may also participate in our summer programs. We also offer a new graduate-level public health and environment field practicum in Kenya for graduate and qualified undergraduates in public health, nursing, pre-med, and the medical and health sciences.

SFS classrooms include coral reefs, rainforests, and African savannas; the focus of our research ranges from sea turtle conservation to rainforest restoration.

Programs are designed to teach students about critical, local environmental problems and train them to do field research that will help address these problems. Our faculty provide core lectures needed to understand the content areas pertinent to case study and research questions. Field exercises compliment classroom lectures and help students to develop skills needed for Directed Research projects.

The academic and research agenda at each center is driven by a Five Year Research Plan, established by SFS staff and local community leaders.