Costa Rica

Online and Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.


Next Program Date: 2019 (tbc)

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
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?  For more information, contact the program leader 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.

Academic Emphasis: 
Ag. Business Mgt
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
Natural Resources
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 

Cost Estimates: to be confirmed at a later date

  • Tuition:
  • Participant Fee:

(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)

  • International Airfare:
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Books & Supplies:
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee)
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous:

Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC

Spring term