Costa Rica

San Jose, Guapiles, Monteverde and Playa Grande

Application Deadlines: 
  • 2.5 Minimum GPA
  • Recommendation (1)
  • Essay questions (2)

Application deadline EXTENDED: Apr. 15, 2017

Program Details: 

Program Dates: Jun. 19- Jul. 1, 2017

Costa Rica is a biologically diverse country with a rich agricultural history. A a former banana republic, Costa Rica counts agriculture as one of its top export commodities, along with technology and medical tourism. Major agricultural exports include bananas, pineapple, and coffee. Costa Rica has developed into a leader in environmental thinking, including net-zero carbon planning and 100% renewable energy sources. And probably to most people outside the country, Costa Rica is seen as a gem for ecotourism.

We will explore all these aspects of Costa Rica. We will visit Earth University, where the campus provides almost 100% of the food consumed at the university, from meat to sugar, and energy capture occurs in forms such as methane capture from composting manure. Our travels will cover export agriculture, of which the US and Europe are the primary recipients, both conventional and certified organic. Along the way we will see how agriculture fits, or doesn’t, into the biodiversity of this tropical nation. In the high montane cloud forests we will explore the Monteverde community, which is a mix of agrarians, conservationists, tourists and tour operators. And on the Guanacaste Coast we will cover issues over mangroves, sea turtles, and the impact of droughts and climate change on the “dry side” of Costa Rica.

We will have casada tipica (typical meal), coffee, and fresh tropical fruits. Our accommodations range from quaint, locally owned hotels to more rustic field station accommodations on the edge of the cloud forest. Windows are always open, the weather warm and damp, the people friendly and curious of the gringos. Adventure awaits, join us.

For more information, contact Program Leader, Ron Reuter.  If you are interested in participating on this educational tour, please contact Paul Dorres to be placed on the prospective student list.

Academic Emphasis: 
Ag. Business Mgt
Agricultural Sciences
Animal Sciences
Bioresource Res.
Crop & Soil Science
Fisheries & Wildlife
Food Sci. & Tech.
Natural Resources
Rangeland Sciences
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 
  • Tuition: $386
  • Participant Fee: $2,857
  • Insurance: $30

(includes: lodging, most meals, ground transportation, program excursions, etc.)

  • International Airfare: $900
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Exit Visa: $38
  • Books & Supplies: $0
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee): $50
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous: $75

Total Program Cost Estimate: $4,489