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  • Locations: Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** 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.
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Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Culture, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography & Land Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, International Studies Housing Options: Student Residence/ On Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
 

CONNECT WITH SFS



APPLIED RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
& STRATEGIES TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY,
COSTA RICA


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
  • 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 learn about the ecological, natural resource management, and socioeconomic factors impacting protected areas and surrounding communities and farms in Costa Rica. Field exercises, research projects, and lectures introduce students to models of conservation, biodiversity protection, and development of Costa Rica's national parks, within the context of the Costa Rican cultural application of conservation ecology.

In this research-intensive program, students develop relevant research questions that address local issues related to sustainability.
  • 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
  • Evaluate tourism services and park management practices in Poás Volcano National park
  • Learn to implement the scientific research process while contributing to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions


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