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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: WFU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
SUSTAINING TROPICAL ECOSYSTEMS:

BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION, & DEVELOPMENT,

COSTA RICA

PROGRAM DETAILS
 

Term: Summer Session I

Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session II)

Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged

Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW
Students explore and address key features of sustainable development strategies including the most pressing challenges occurring at the intersection of conservation and economic progress. Through coursework, students gain an understanding of the complex interrelations between economic development, land-use, the provision of ecosystem services, and global climate change from socioeconomic, ecological and natural resources management perspectives

Explore the biological diversity of the rainforests of Braulio Carrillo National Park in the Volcanic Cordillera Conservation Area

Compare and contrast biodiversity protection in examples of conventional and organic agriculture

Study water and waste management approaches on the Tárcoles River

Evaluate tourism services and park management practices in Poás Volcano National Park

Learn about climate change mitigation and adaptation in Central America, as well as strategies in the context of international policy frameworks