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Environment & Sustainable Development in San José

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  • City: San José 
  • Term: Fall, Winter
  • Instruction in: English and Spanish
  • Requirements: Minimum 2 semesters college-level Spanish
  • Students interested in: Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences; EEB, Environment, Spanish Language, Sustainability

During this semester-long field program students study environmental issues and sustainable development in a highly interactive, experiential setting. After coursework in San José and Central Valley, students conduct fieldwork throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Students will also complete a directed-research project on a topic of their choice. Students can earn 15 credits on this program and take such courses as Spanish, Ecology of Managed and Natural Ecosystems; Latin American Perspectives on Justice and Sustainable Development; and Independent Fieldwork Research. A unique highlight of this program is the opportunity to live with two host families, one in San José and the other in Nicaragua for a week. Students will see firsthand the economic and political conditions in Nicaragua and will compare these realities with those in Costa Rica. Cultural activities and optional excursions are offered during the semester to help deepen understanding of Costa Rica and the region.