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EARTH University’s Office of International Academic Relations offers a wide variety of educational programs to satisfy student tastes and your institution’s credit requirements. Programs for graduate-level researchers and professors are also available.

Summary of our programs

Sustainable Summer Sessions (Summer in English)


EARTH University, in partnership with highly respected universities worldwide, offers a unique summer study abroad opportunity in Costa Rica. All four two-week courses are taught in English.

Integrated Study in Spanish


Your students can become a fully integrated EARTH student for an entire semester (15 weeks), learning about agriculture and sustainability in a richly multicultural environment. Intermediate-to-advanced Spanish is required.

Semester in English


This study abroad program pairs classes in Spanish language acquisition with English-taught theory and practice-based courses exploring sustainable development. In addition to multiple field visits, this course takes place in San José, Costa Rica, and on EARTH’s campus in Guácimo.

Intern Abroad /Pasantias


Students learn by doing in career-focused field projects under the supervision of EARTH faculty. Dates are flexible. Intermediate Spanish is required.

Spanish Learning Courses


Students can enhance their Spanish as a supplement to any of the above or as a standalone Spanish as a Second Language program.

Faculty Development Program


These custom programs for faculty members are designed to expound on EARTH’s academic model of student-centered and experiential learning. English and Spanish instruction are available.

Sabbatical, Guest Lecture or Joint Research Project


EARTH offers ample facilities to accommodate foreign professors interested in teaching or conducting research at EARTH for a fixed time.

Customizable Programs


For academic institutions in need of courses covering particular topics – in Spanish, English or both – or meeting specific needs, we offer tailor-made programs, which can be led by visiting faculty, EARTH professors or a combination of the two.

We’ve provided experiential educational opportunities for students and/or professors of the following universities:
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About EARTH University


Since 1990, EARTH University’s innovative educational approach has been preparing young people from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and other regions to contribute to the sustainable development of their home communities while constructing a prosperous and just global society.

Students, staff, professors and their families both live and work on our tropical campus in the Costa Rican rainforest, creating a strong community and support network that is invested in student success.

During our rigorous four-year undergraduate program in agricultural science, EARTH’s international faculty provides a world-class techno-scientific education with heart – one that emphasizes collective values, ethical entrepreneurship and social-environmental commitment. In short, EARTH provides the education necessary to positively impact our planet.

200+ study abroad students per year
400+ full-time students from 40+ countries around the world
Languaje of instruction: Spanish & English
25+ years of experience in international education and sustainability
International faculty from
19 contries


About Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a global leader in green economics and sustainable development. Unique ecological and social conditions make Costa Rica a wonderful open-air laboratory for the study of urban and rural sustainability. With an extraordinary wealth of natural resources, highly educated population, long commitment to peace and human rights and innovative environmental policies, Costa Rica has fervently pursued an egalitarian and sustainable development – and even aims to become the world’s first carbon-neutral country by 2021.

#1 destination in Latin America for U.S. students studying abroad (Open Doors)
#1 education system in Latin America (World Economic Forum)
Safest country in Latin America (Latin Business Chronicles)
Happiest country in the world (Happy Planet Index)
Boasts 5% of the planet biodiversity
Produced 98% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2016
Abolished its military in 1948
Home to astonishing dormant and active volcanoes


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