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Costa Rica

Summer 2020 Costa Rica – Special Topics in Sustainability

Term To Study: Summer 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 05, 2020
Program Starts: Apr 27, 2020
Program Ends: May 13, 2020
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $4,256
Program Locations: San Jose
Contact Phone: 412-365-1893
Contact Name: Dr. Linda Johnson
Contact Email:
What is Included: Roundtrip airfare, in country transportation, housing in hotels with double occupancy or larger groups, cultural immersion activities as part of the field experience itinerary, travel insurance, daily breakfasts and some lunches and dinners are included.

Please note that the program cost is subject to change without notice, depending on the exchange rate at the time of payment.

Chatham undergraduate students may be eligible for a $1200 study abroad voucher. Study abroad voucher is a one-time subsidy from Chatham of $1200 toward a credit-bearing experience abroad. Full-time undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits, of which 15 credits must have been completed at Chatham prior to departure, are eligible for the $1200 study abroad voucher.
What is not Included: Chatham tuition and college fees for 3 credits summer 2020: $897.

Students are responsible for the cost of obtaining a valid passport, any visas (as necessary), all meals that are not included as part of the program fee and any entry fees, excursions or other costs incurred by the student during free time on the program.
Estimated Costs: US Passport book - $145 plus photo (expedited processing is an additional fee)
Program Description

The Location: Costa Rica is a rugged Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Costa Rica is known for its rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds. Like the US, Costa Rica struggles to balance protection of its natural resources and landscapes with sustainable development of economic opportunities and industries. Additionally, Costa Rica’s history includes influences from different cultures with distinct perspectives on these issues.
Course Work and Highlights: This course focuses on sustainability policies in Costa Rica, combining lectures by local experts on history and tourism, visits to natural resources including volcanoes and national parks and industry visits including coffee, banana and pineapple plantations. Students will visit the Boruca people and the Longo Mai indigenous community to see different approaches to use of natural resources. The program will visit the Atlantic coast to view differences in habitat, weather and cultural history of the two coasts.

Housing: Students will stay in double, triple or quad rooms in local lodges and hotels. Students will also stay with local families.

Prerequisite: Students will enroll in a pre-field experience one credit, seven-week course in Spring 2020.

Students must meet eligibility requirements. See application at for details. Application deadline: 2/5/2020

Minimum Enrollment: 16 students. Each field experience is self-supporting and must meet its minimum enrollment number or it will be cancelled.

Quick Facts

Population: 4636348
Capital: San Jose
Per-capita GDP: $ 12100
Size: 51100 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 06:00 hours) Central Time (US & Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: YES
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