Study Abroad at EARTH
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So you want to go abroad…

● Looking for a destination that’s safe but never boring?

● Think it’d be cool to live in a tropical paradise?

● Hoping to learn or improve your Spanish?

Passionate about sustainability and ethical entrepreneurship?

If you responded YES! (or ¡SÍ!) to any/some/all of these questions, keep reading!
We believe EARTH University in Costa Rica is the place for you.

We offer a wide variety of one-of-a-kind study programs, special courses and internships within the Costa Rican rainforest.

Overview

Choosing the right place to study (and explore) is crucial.

We think you’d really enjoy our safe, sustainable, 8,340-acre University in the heart of the tropical Costa Rican rainforest.

Here you can aprovechar (take advantage of) free time in our integrated organic farm, butterfly garden, experimental peri-urban farm, and medicinal garden. Enjoy a dash of adventure on the weekends? You’re always a short bus ride away from the zesty flavors of Caribbean beach life, the protected sea turtles of Tortuguero National Park, the natural majesty of the Arenal and Poas volcanoes, the vast wisdom of local indigenous peoples, the colorful arts culture of San José, and the comforting aromas of your caffeine fix at thriving coffee plantations.

At EARTH University, you can learn or improve your Spanish while also figuring out how to advance the sostenibilidad (sustainability) of our world. We’re not talking about sitting in a stuffy classroom all day, either. Here, we focus on active, hands-on, experiential learning to strengthen your education and propel social change. We offer a variety of programs, from language studies to internships – it’s easy to find the right one for you.

Academic Programs

 

Semester in English

Duration: 16 weeks

Available start dates: January 19, August 2

Love sustainability but not fluent in Spanish? We’ve got you covered! This active study abroad program gets students analyzing Costa Rica’s sustainable development efforts in both urban and rural contexts. In English! The program combines enriching fieldwork and site visits with engaging classroom time, allowing students to critically examine and understand several models of responsible economic development, biodiversity promotion and resources management. The program’s first two months are spent in urban San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, at the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS). The final two are spent in the Caribbean lowland rural rainforest area at EARTH University.

The four-month program includes five credit-bearing courses. Spanish skills are built through complementary Spanish language courses, local culture immersion and homestays. (Best for on-the-go students with a passion for protecting biodiversity and strengthening socio-economic wellbeing!)

For the first two months, students will take the following courses at ICDS, located in San José, the urban capital of Costa Rica:

 

During the second half of the course, students will attend EARTH University in the rural lowland rainforest region of the Caribbean Limón province and will participate in the following two courses:

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Integrated Study in Spanish

Duration: 15 weeks

Available start dates: January 15, May 7, September 3

Become fully integrated into the EARTH way of life for a semester, alongside our full-time undergraduate students from more than 40 countries across Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. You’ll take courses in environmental science, organic agriculture, sustainability, community development and Latin American studies, among others. 12 different course-load options are available.
Choose one of the following to start your rainforest adventure:

First Trimester

January 8-April 23, 2018 / January 7-April 22, 2019

Option 1

COURSE CODE COURSE
CIE101 Introduction to Natural Sciences
COM106 Communication and Cultures
CUL101 Tropical Crops
EMP104 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Immersion
EXP100 Work Experience**
HUM101 Orientation to Student Life
IGA101 Operation of Agricultural Equipment
INF101 Computer Workshop
MAT105 Basic Skills in Mathematics I
COM104 Spanish as Second Language


Option 2

COURSE CODE COURSE
CUL203 Pest Control: Weeds
EMP205 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Experience
EXP200 Work Experience**
HUM203 Rural Development and Sustainable Communities
ING201 English
EMP208 Accounting and Information Systems
PRA201 Animal Reproduction and Lactation
COM203 Applied Academic Writing

Option 3

COURSE CODE COURSE
COM 106 Communication and Cultures
CUL101 Tropical Crops
EMP104 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Immersion
EXP100 Work Experience**
HUM101 Orientation to Student Life
IGA101 Operation of Agricultural Equipment
INF101 Computer Workshop
MAT105 Basic Skills in Mathematics I
RCN101 Fundamentals of Ecological Management
of the Resources of the Humid Tropics
COM104 Spanish as Second Language

Option 4

COURSE CODE COURSE
CIE 201 Applied Genetics
EMP205 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Experience
MAT201 General Statistics
MAT202 Calculus for Agriculture I
EXP200 Work Experience**
HUM203 Rural Development and Sustainable Communities
ING201 English
EMP208 Accounting and Information Systems
COM203 Applied Academic Writing

Second Trimester

May 1-August 13, 2018

Option 1

COURSE CODE COURSE
COM 107 Written Communication
CUL102 Tropical Crop Production
EMP107 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ERS101 Health Promotion
EXP100 Work Experience**
HUM102 Student Life Workshop
IGA102 Mechanical Skills
ING101 English
MAT106 Basic Skills in Mathematics II
EMP105 Entrepreneurial Project: Laboratory Formulation of Business Plan I
RCN101 Fundamentals of Ecological Management of the Resources of the Humid Tropics

Option 2

COURSE CODE COURSE
CIE201 Applied Genetics
CIE202 Inorganic Chemical Processes
EMP206 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Experience
EXP200 Work Experience**
ING202 English
MAT201 General Statistics
MAT202 Calculus for Agriculture I


Option 3

COURSE CODE COURSE
COM107 Written Communication
CIE101 Introduction to Natural Sciences
CUL102 Tropical Crop Production
EMP107 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ERS101 Health Promotion
EXP100 Work Experience**
HUM102 Student Life Workshop
ING101 English
MAT106 Basic Skills in Mathematics II
EMP105 Entrepreneurial Project: Laboratory Formulation of Business Plan I
PRA101 Tropical Animal production

Option 4

COURSE CODE COURSE
CIE202 Written Communication
CUL202 Pest Control: Diseases
EMP206 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Experience
EXP200 Work Experience**
ING202 English
CUL201 Pest Control: Entomology

Third Trimester

August 27-December 3, 2018

Option 1

COURSE CODE COURSE
COM103 Oral Communication Workshop**
CUL103 Tropical Crop Management
EMP108 Business Planning and Organization
EXP100 Work Experience**
HUM103 Campus Life
HUM105 Opportunities for Development and Equity
ING102 English
MAT107 Quantitative Skills for Agriculture Sciences
PRA101 Tropical Animal production
EMP106 Entrepreneurial Project: Laboratory Formulation of Business Plan II
COM107 Written Communication

Option 2

COURSE CODE COURSE
CIE203 Organic Chemical and Biochemical Processes
CUL201 Pest Control: Entomology
CUL202 Pest Control: Diseases
EMP207 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Experience
EXP200 Work Experience**
ING203 English
ERS201 Health and Wellbeing
EMP209 Finance

Option 3

COURSE CODE COURSE
COM103 Oral Communication Workshop *
CUL103 Tropical Crop Management
EMP108 Business Planning and Organization
EXP100 Work Experience**
HUM103 Campus Life
HUM105 Opportunities for Development and Equity
IGA102 Mechanical Skills
ING102 English
MAT107 Quantitative Skills for Agriculture Sciences
EMP106 Entrepreneurial Project: Laboratory Formulation of Business Plan II

Option 4

COURSE CODE COURSE
CIE203 Organic Chemical and Biochemical Processes
CUL203 Pest Control: Weeds
EMP207 Entrepreneurial Project: Entrepreneurial Experience
EXP200 Work Experience**
ING203 English
PRA201 Animal Reproduction and Lactation
ERS201 Health and Wellbeing
EMP209 Finance

(Best for students with an intermediate-to-advanced command of the Spanish language and a love of sustainability!)

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The costs of this program per 15-week period
Tuition $5,770
Room and Board $2,219
Administrative and services $887
Total $8,876


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Sustainable Summer Sessions

Duration: 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks or 8 weeks

Available start dates (course-specific): May 12, May 27, June 17, July 1

This program offers four intensive courses, each exploring a unique approach to sustainability. You will gain access to projects and practices employed on EARTH University’s campus, as well as numerous notable sites throughout Costa Rica. During these 14-day courses, you have the opportunity to join international peers, research partners and renowned professors to learn about critical global sustainability issues. Courses involve lectures, participatory activities and field visits.

Interested students are encouraged to register for multiple course sessions.

Making Agriculture Sustainable (May 12-26)

Understanding Challenges and Finding Solutions

Key questions: How do different agricultural systems impact the local environment, society and economy? How can we recognize, measure and assess a sustainable agricultural system? How can we alter a current agricultural system to become sustainable?
Course description: Through visits to a multiple farms on the EARTH campuses in Guácimo and La Flor, as well as local banana, rice, mango, vegetable and organic farms in nearby communities, you will learn first-hand how several different agricultural systems impact the environment, society and economy – both negatively and positively. You will be exposed to and become familiar with a variety of tropical agricultural ecosystems within Costa Rican rural community contexts.
Field visits: Conventional pineapple plantation, USDA-organic pineapple plantation, banana plantation, biologic control center for citrus fruits, carbon-neutral dairy farm, industrial composting site, hot springs and more
Making Agriculture Sustainable: Challenges and Alternatives (two-week long).
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The cost for each course (two-week session) is U.S. $2,425 and includes tuition, room and board, access to campus facilities, student services, excursions throughout the region and administrative fees. Airplane ticket, international health and travel insurance, personal expenses and any additional study abroad fees from your home institution are not included.

Engaging Rural Communities (May 27-June 10)

Tools and Methodologies for Sustainable Development

Key questions: How can we identify and apply different paradigms of sustainable developments? How can different paradigms of sustainable development support us in identifying and resolving community issues? What are some of today’s most innovative experiments in local sustainable development, and how are they helping to resolve some of the most pressing community problems?
Course description: Through visits to local agricultural producers employing a range of approaches to sustainability, indigenous communities regenerating their long-standing approach to cacao production, and massive recent dam construction as a renewable energy source, you will learn how to interpret and critically assess diverse approaches to rural sustainable development through direct engagement and participation with local communities.
Field visits: small farmers in rural La Lucha and Santa Rosa, Ditsöwö u and Amubri Talamanca Bribri Indigenous communities, the Cacao Association in Puerto Viejo, La Argentina Women Association, Agro-ecotourism Association, “Reventazón” Hydroelectric Project and more

Engaging Rural Communities: Tools and Methodologies for Sustainable Development(two-week long).
FeesApply

The cost for each course (two-week session) is U.S. $2,425 and includes tuition, room and board, access to campus facilities, student services, excursions throughout the region and administrative fees. Airplane ticket, international health and travel insurance, personal expenses and any additional study abroad fees from your home institution are not included.

Tackling Environmental Issues (June 17-30)

How to Measure, Manage and Mitigate Our Impact

Key questions: How can we critically evaluate the social and ecological impacts of environmental issues such as eco-tourism and treatments of solids and wastewater? How can we calculate CO2 emissions and relate this to different economic externalities? How can we measure, manage and mitigate the footprints that each of us has on Earth?
Course description: Through visits to local community farms, banana plantations, wastewater treatment plants, and eco-tourism sites along the Caribbean and Pacific oceans, you will explore different methodologies for evaluating sustainability and assessing the social and environmental impact of our actions as individuals and companies. You will have the opportunity to identify and directly assist in the development of decisions to control, mitigate, and compensate for the environmental and social impacts of businesses and individuals.
Field visits: banana packing plant, Tarcoles Crocodile River, Playa Azul, Isla Tortuga, wastewater plants, San José and more

Tackling Environmental Issues: how to measure, manage, and mitigate our impact (two-week long).
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The cost for each course (two-week session) is U.S. $2,425 and includes tuition, room and board, access to campus facilities, student services, excursions throughout the region and administrative fees. Airplane ticket, international health and travel insurance, personal expenses and any additional study abroad fees from your home institution are not included.

Tropical Forest Carbon Management (July 1-15)

Tools for Protecting Rainforests and Mitigating Climate Change

Key questions: How can climate change science and carbon cycle science be used for sustainable forest management in tropical rainforests? How can carbon conservation and sequestration be used as sustainable development strategies in agroforestry? What are sustainable forest management practices, carbon markets and payments for eco-system services, and how are they uniquely operational in Costa Rica?
Course description: Through visits to three important rainforest ecosystems – coastal, upland and cloud forest – and a range of local agroforestry farms, you will explore the application of climate change and carbon cycle science to sustainable forest management in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. This course also introduces you to the concept of livelihoods from tree management systems, as well as poverty alleviation and sustainable development through agroforestry carbon management methods.
Field visits: FUNDECOR (Foundation for the Development of the Central Volcanic Range), jungle canopy, forest reserve, plantation, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tortuguero, lagoon and more.

Tropical Forest Carbon Management: Tools for Protecting Rain Forests and Mitigating Climate Change (two-week long). FeesApply

The cost for each course (two-week session) is U.S. $2,425 and includes tuition, room and board, access to campus facilities, student services, excursions throughout the region and administrative fees. Airplane ticket, international health and travel insurance, personal expenses and any additional study abroad fees from your home institution are not included.


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Intern Abroad

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks per focus area

Available start dates: You name it!

The internship program at EARTH University offers the opportunity to learn through hands-on, career-focused work experiences in four distinct focus areas:

Tropical Crops

Want to concentrate on sustainable agriculture in the humid tropics? You’ll learn about specific stages of production and available technologies, the correct methodology for responsibly using agricultural inputs, and other best practices of production and harvest.

Fees

The monthly fee* for this program varies by the type of housing selected:

Housing Options Room Meals Tuition (mentorship, supervision and student services) Total U.S. $
Lodging at student dorms $244 $576 $879 $1,699
Lodging at intern apartment $731 $576 $879 $2,186

Not included in stated fees: Airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, U.S. $29 airport exit tax, personal expenses, and international medical insurance (mandatory). Additional costs for transportation and materials can be provided upon request.

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Organic Agriculture

Here you’ll learn efficiency-promoting strategies while employing the techniques of the eco-friendly production gold standards – organic, biodynamic, bio-intensive and permaculture-style agroforestry. This biodiverse farm focuses on how these methods support health and wellbeing throughout the entire production chain. You’ll have the chance to work with crops such as cacao, bananas and plantains, while also learning about the many challenges organic producers face in Latin America and the tropics.

Fees

The monthly fee* for this program varies by the type of housing selected:

Housing Options Room Meals Tuition (mentorship, supervision and student services) Total U.S. $
Lodging at student dorms $244 $576 $879 $1,699
Lodging at intern apartment $731 $576 $879 $2,186

Not included in stated fees: Airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, U.S. $29 airport exit tax, personal expenses, and international medical insurance (mandatory). Additional costs for transportation and materials can be provided upon request.

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Integrated Livestock Management
Our animal husbandry operations are dedicated to tropics-adapted swine and cattle production. Spend time in our dairy operation, which supplies the ingredients for EARTH’s yogurt, milk and cheese production, while also learning about managing an operation that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. This internship includes study of careful animal waste treatment methods. At EARTH, most animal waste is set to local biodigesters, in turn producing gas to power generators.
Fees

The monthly fee* for this program varies by the type of housing selected:

Housing Options Room Meals Tuition (mentorship, supervision and student services) Total U.S. $
Lodging at student dorms $244 $576 $879 $1,699
Lodging at intern apartment $731 $576 $879 $2,186

Not included in stated fees: Airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, U.S. $29 airport exit tax, personal expenses, and international medical insurance (mandatory). Additional costs for transportation and materials can be provided upon request.

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Peri-Urban Agriculture
As the global population continues to concentrate in major metropolises, learning how to move food production to these areas has become key. This internship teaches you how to do a lot with a little – in other words, how to manage a thriving agricultural operation with limited access to water, nutrients and space. That means you will work on projects of vertical agriculture, floating-root systems, raised-bed production, recycling agriculture, aquacultures and more.
Fees

The monthly fee* for this program varies by the type of housing selected:

Housing Options Room Meals Tuition (mentorship, supervision and student services) Total U.S. $
Lodging at student dorms $244 $576 $879 $1,699
Lodging at intern apartment $731 $576 $879 $2,186

Not included in stated fees: Airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, U.S. $29 airport exit tax, personal expenses, and international medical insurance (mandatory). Additional costs for transportation and materials can be provided upon request.

Apply


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Spanish Learning Courses

Duration: You name it!

Available start dates: You name it!

EARTH University’s Spanish Language Institute offers intensive language-learning courses as either a standalone study or as a supplement to any of our existing programs – they pair especially well with the internship abroad program, for example. These courses are small-group or one-on-one and thus can be tailored specifically to your needs. That means classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced language learners are all available. During your time on campus, you also will have many opportunities to get involved in University life and activities with our full-time students, along with visiting local communities and traveling to impressive destinations across Costa Rica!

Option A: On-campus student dorm

Cost per person for 4 weeks // private classes
80 hours 64 hours 24 hours
Room and board $820 $820 $820
Spanish lessons $3,600 $2,880 $1,080
Total in U.S. $ $4,420 $3,700 $1,900
Cost per person for 4 weeks // group classes
Room and board $820 $820 $820
Spanish lessons $2,000 $1,600 $600
Total in U.S. $ $2,820 $2,420 $1,420

Not included in stated fees: Airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, U.S. $29 airport exit tax, personal expenses, and international medical insurance (mandatory). Additional costs for transportation and materials can be provided upon request.


Option B: Homestay with a local family

Cost per person for 4 weeks // private classes
80 hours 64 hours 24 hours
Room and board $950 $950 $950
Spanish lessons $3,600 $2,880 $1,080
Total in U.S. $ $4,550 $3,830 $2,030
Cost per person for 4 weeks // group classes
Room and board $950 $950 $950
Spanish lessons $2,000 $1,600 $600
Total in U.S. $ $2,950 $2,550 $1,550

Not included in stated fees: Airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, U.S. $29 airport exit tax, personal expenses, and international medical insurance (mandatory). Additional costs for transportation and materials can be provided upon request.

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