Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is EARTH University?

EARTH is a private, non-profit, global university located in Costa Rica founded in 1986 with the support of the Costa Rican government, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. EARTH’s mission is to prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development and to build a prosperous and just society.

The University offers a rigorous four-year undergraduate program in Agricultural Sciences that provides an education with a solid scientific and technical foundation and emphasizes ethical values, entrepreneurship, and environmental and social commitment.

Go to the Admissions page and fill out the online form. You will then receive an email with more details about the admissions process. An Admissions Officer will contact you to guide you through the steps to apply.

EARTH University has two campuses in Costa Rica. Our main campus is located in Guácimo in the Caribbean province of Limón (Guácimo Campus). Our other campus is located in Liberia in the Northern Pacific province of Guanacaste (Daniel Oduber Quirós Campus).

Yes. You must take an Academic Aptitude Test (or Admissions exam) as part of your admission process. After sending your application request with the requirements, and if you are pre-selected, your Admissions Officer will let you know the place and date to take the Test.

We typically admit about 120 students per year.

To apply for a scholarship, you must first go through the University’s admissions process. Visit our Admissions page and fill out the online form to receive more details about the process.

EARTH University subsidizes a large part of the education costs for its students. The monthly tuition cost as well as student services, housing, meals, and medical insurance represents only a portion of the total annual cost. To see the current cost, click here.

There is no cost to apply to EARTH University.

Due to the uniqueness of our educational model and curriculum, EARTH University does not recognize or validate courses from other institutions.

To make a gift to EARTH, you can do so online through our EARTH University Foundation’s secure website or contact us at

The contributions the University receives go to the EARTH Scholarship Fund, which we use to support the education of approximately 80% of the student population from countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. 

If you would like your contribution to be directed to other purposes or projects besides scholarships, please contact us at


You can check the University’s available openings here, or you can also write to, or call +506 2713-0000, extension 4201.


If you would like to work in our Commercial Operations, please contact Elizabeth Quesada at

  • Plants: Contact David Guido Barahona at +506 2713-0000 ext. 3475 or +506 8639-9928.
  • Bananas, plantains, Red Macabu bananas, baby bananas, or papayas: Contact Ericka Pereira Hidalgo at +506 2713-0000 ext. 7109.
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