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! In response to COVID-19, all in-person activities have been suspended indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you would like to receive updates regarding this policy, please contact Sofia Montero, International Programs Advisor: somontero@earth.ac.cr


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

PROGRAMS Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Integrated Study in Spanish
Sustainable Summer Sessions
Intern Abroad
Spanish Learning Courses
Integrated Study in Spanish

Duration: 15 weeks.

 

Sustainable Summer Sessions

Duration: 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks or 10 weeks

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 cost to participate for one month in the intern abroad program is $2607. This fee includes accommodation in a Student Residence, meals, internship placement, supervision and student services.

This cost does not includes airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, 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 cost to participate for one month in the intern abroad program is $2607. This fee includes accommodation in a Student Residence, meals, internship placement, supervision and student services.

This cost does not includes airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, 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 cost to participate for one month in the intern abroad program is $2607. This fee includes accommodation in a Student Residence, meals, internship placement, supervision and student services.

This cost does not includes airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, 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 cost to participate for one month in the intern abroad program is $2607. This fee includes accommodation in a Student Residence, meals, internship placement, supervision and student services.

This cost does not includes airline tickets, airport pick-up, airport drop-off, personal expenses, and international medical insurance (mandatory). Additional costs for transportation and materials can be provided upon request.

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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!


Please check with us for cost information as this depends on the number of hours you wish-require to enroll in.

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We are a proud member of:

We are a proud member of: ISEPWe are a proud member of: The Forum on Education ABROADWe are a proud member of: OASWe are a proud member of: Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Additional Information

For all our programs, we offer:

  • Pre-departure information
  • On-site orientation
  • Courses on campus
  • Campus facilities
  • Housing in student dorms or campus hotel
  • Three meals a day in our student restaurant on campus
  • Airport transfer for groups
  • Cultural and social activities (sports, arts, music, etc.)
  • 24/7 medical- and campus security support
  • Apartment and workspace for faculty
  • Transcripts for EARTH taught courses
Scholarship Opportunity Study abroad with federal student aid

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