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Costa Rica

Tropical Biology in Costa Rica

Term To Study: Fall 2019
Application Deadline: May 15, 2019
Program Starts: Dec 27, 2019
Program Ends: Jan 11, 2020
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $1,975
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Program Locations: La Selva, San Jose
Contact Phone: 14052085160
Contact Name: Regan Shorter
Contact Email: rashorter@okcu.edu
What is Included: Accommodations in Costa Rica
Ground transportation in Costa Rica
All planned excursions
All planned cultural activities
Most meals
What is not Included: Airfare from the US
some meals
international phone plan
personal expenses
Tuition (included in fall semester enrollment)
Estimated Costs: $900 airfare (varies widely depending on departure city)
$125 meals not included (varies by student)
$0 to $100 International Phone plan
$50 personal expenses (varies by student)
Tuition is included in fall block as the on-campus portion of the program is taught during the fall semester.
Passport or visa (if required)
Documents: 
tropical_biology_of_costa_rica_w
inter_2019-2020.pdf
Program Description

This program is open to ALL Majors.

Costa Rica makes up 0.03% of the world's landmass yet holds 6% of the world's biodiversity. In this course led by Dr. Laurie Kauffman, you will learn the basics of theories and methods in tropical biology throughout the fall semester, then get to put this knowledge into practice over a 16-day study tour to Costa Rica. After arriving in the capital of San Jose and having a quick city tour, we will travel to La Selva Biological Station. There you will live in the forest and observe interactions between tropical plants and animals up close. At La Selva we will meet other researchers, complete research projects, see a chocolate plantation, go on an ethnobotany tour, and complete a service project. At the end of the course we will head to Cahuita, on the Caribbean ocean, for some relaxation before heading home. The class is open to both biology majors and non-majors. Biology majors will gain deeper understanding of issues in tropical biology, while non-majors can meet their general education science requirement with this hands-on experience.

You will come away from this course with an appreciation and understanding of the diversity of the natural world, as well as practical experience in planning and carrying out an independent research project. These experiences and skills are helpful for science majors and also for anyone interested in the study of behavior and evolution. This opportunity can be a truly unique and life- changing experience.

Quick Facts

Population: 4636348
Capital: San Jose
Per-capita GDP: $ 12100
Size: 51100 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 06:00 hours) Central Time (US & Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: YES
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