Costa Rica

Online and Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.


To be considered for acceptance into this special section of FES365, students must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least sophomore class standing as of Spring Term 2016
  • maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • have a clear conduct record at OSU
  • submit all application materials by the due dates
  • participate in an interview by the program coordinator, if requested
  • communicate with a positive attitude

*Applications are being accepted through Feb. 15, 2016.*

Program Details: 

Do you have a desire to explore an international locale? What to see where your bananas, coffee, and almonds come from?  And at the same time, meet your Contemporary Global Issues Bacc Core course out of the way?  Then the hybrid course FES365 – Costa Rica may be your ticket to learning and adventure.

FES365, Issues in Natural Resources Conservation, explores current and historical human uses of resources and how we can develop sustainable solutions to resource consumption. This Hybrid Course (part online, part face-to-face) will be online for the first nine weeks of the term.  Then, grab your passport, pack your warm weather wear, and head to the airport.  The class will meet face-to-face in Costa Rica, arriving in the Central Valley, traveling to the Caribbean Coastal Plain, up and around the volcanic spine of Central America to the Pacific Coast.  Along the way we will explore fruit and coffee plantations, explore the mysteries of the Cloud Forests (Bosques Nubosos), and learn about sea turtle conservation.  En route we will also dive into the global perspectives of the environmental, economic, and social issues that worked on during the online class portion.

This course will be an affordable way to knock out some of your required credits, have a meaningful international experience (not a resort vacation) and a good bit of fun, and maybe ignite your inner passion for Natural Resource Conservation.  Most of the costs of the class and the trip are allowable educational expenses and covered by financial aid.  Intrigued?  Contact the instructor Ron Reuter (

The course is planned expecting students to arrive at San Jose International Airport in the central valley and depart from Liberia International Airport on the Pacific Coast.  Students that are planning to arrive prior to the in-country component or depart later than the end of class are responsible for being in San Jose for the first night of the group program and/or must arrange their on transportation for after the last day of the program.

We will be staying at a combination of hotels and ecological study areas.  The hotels will likely be doubles and triples and the study areas will have bunk-style lodging.  Depending on enrollment, there may be an option to pay extra for a single room for a few of the nights of lodging.

This 2-week study abroad program at the culmination of a term length e-campus course will next take place Spring Term 2016 with travel to Costa Rica during the last two weeks of June. 

For students who have already completed FES365 or equivalent, one may opt for the 2-week capstone study abroad program in Costa Rica only with persmission by the instructor/leader.  Students will enroll in NR499 (1 credit) instead of FES365.

The Faculty-led Study Abroad in Costa Rica portion of this program will take place Jun. 13 - 23, 2016.

Program Costs: 

The course has a built-in course fee that is paid to OSU to cover the costs of the on-the-ground program which includes lodging, most food, and transportation during the 11 day program.  For 2016, this is projected to be $1800.  You are responsible for paying airfare (depending on when purchased and where you are flying from between $600 and $1000).  You have to have a passport (first-time costs ~$135).  There is an exit fee that you need to pay Costa Rica (typically at the airport) that is currently $28.  The course is run through Ecampus, so you pay for three credits with Ecampus which is in-state tuition plus a per-credit charge of $80. 

Summary of estimated costs:

E campus tuition for three credits + e-campus fee: $840
Program Fee (lodging, in-country transportation, field excursions, most meals) - charged to the student account: $1800
Airfare to Costa Rica - paid by student: $600-$1,200
Passport - paid by student: $135
OSU required safety and risk insurance - charge placed on student account: $40
Costa Rica exit fee - paid by the student: $28
Personal expenses - paid by the student: $50

Once OSU GO has confirmation of your enrollment, they alert the Financial Aid office of the costs of the program, airfare, and passport.  Financial Aid will reassess your FAFSA and provide you access to more funding if you are eligible.  You will then be able to use those funds to cover course costs.

For GI Bill coverage of program fees, you need to check in with you GI Bill Certifying Official to see what is allowed to be covered by your GI Bill funds.

Academic Emphasis: 
Ag. Business Mgt
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
Natural Resources
Program Administrator: 
Spring term