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  • Locations: Santa Ana, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 03/07/2021 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Biology in Santa Anna, Costa Rica
Date: May 11 - May 24, 2020


Costa Rica
Program Description:

Studying Biology in Costa Rica helps students make connections to the concept of biodiversity and our role in the ecosystem. Students will observe diverse plants and animals in their native environment by going on multiple excursions to various national parks, reserves, and refuges. Alongside nature excursions, students will also interact with locals during their visits to farms and plantations. Costa Rica, with its tropical setting and sustainable practices in farming and plantation, provides a unique opportunity for students to appreciate biology.
  Course Information:

BIOL 1020: Biology of Organisms will expose and improve students' understanding of biodiversity, its significance and sustainability through direct observation of plants, animals during nature excursions, visits to national parks, plantations and farms. Students will participate in the course through eCourseware and must attend two or more mandatory meetings.
Complete your application by February 15, 2020 and receive a $500 program discount!
Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(subject to change)
  • $350 Application Fee
  • Accommodations 
  • Most Meals
  • Excursions & Cultural activities
  • In-country Transportation
  • Round Trip Airfare 
  • Laundry service twice a week
  • Tuition for 4 credit hours (Spring Term)
  • International Health Insurance ($45 - $75)
  • Personal Spending & Incidentals 
*We reserve the right to cancel or make changes to the itinerary.
Program Payments: This program travels in the summer, but students enroll in a spring term course. Thus, the program fee and tuition will be charged to students' TigerExpress accounts in the Spring term. 

If you are an undergraduate, full-time student, then your tuition fee for the Spring will not increase due to your study abroad course. Undergraduate students who are taking a full-time course load are charged $4,956 for Spring tuition, no matter how many credits you register for.

If you are an out-of-state student, then your tuition for 3 credit hours in the Spring is $1,719. If you are a part-time student, then your tuition for 3 credit hours in the Spring is $1,239.

Accommodations: The program includes shared lodge-style accommodations at the tranquil mountain campus of the Conversa Language School in Santa Anna (20 minutes from San Jose).

Excursions: Participants will experience: the Monteverde cloud forest, Daytime and Nocturnal tour, Praia Dona Ana Beach,  La Paz Waterfall & Gardens, Poas Volcano, Early morning bird watching in the campus of Conversa, visit a coffee plantation, visit La Esperanza sustainable farm, San Jose city tour, Santa Ana Farmers market.

Faculty Leader: The program will be led by Dr. Alka Sharma ( of the University of Memphis Department of Biology. 
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