Program details: Delight in the beautiful, diverse flora and fauna of tropical rain forests, the awesome power and impact of plate tectonics, and the warm and friendly culture of Costa Rica as two UVU professors (biology and geology), working with a fun and knowledgeable Costa Rican guide and naturalist, lead you on an educational experience of a lifetime. Learn about the natural history of Costa Rica while you visit the various ecological zones and the geological features of this active volcanic arc system.
Some of our exciting activities include: hiking around volcanoes and lava flows in the famous Arenal region; whitewater rafting on the world-renowned Pacuare River; trekking to gorgeous secluded waterfalls, exhilarating zip lines through the rain forest canopy, and water slides under howler monkeys at Rincon de la Vieja; swimming in the Pacific Ocean and snorkeling over coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea; studying the incredible night insects and reptiles of the forest; observing huge crocodiles in the Tarcoles River; glimpsing the lovely and secretive Quetzal in its native high mountain habitat; and having the rare opportunity to witness sea turtles nesting on the beach. All this, and more! Spectacular flora and fauna will amaze you as you traverse Costa Rica from coast to coast. This trip is intellectually rigorous and physically demanding — and very likely the most fun you will ever have in a college course. Information Sheet
Tentative dates: June 24 - August 9, 2013 (second summer term); tentative travel dates: July 1 - 16, 2013.
Anticipated curriculum: (One of the following, 3 credits): Natural History Excursion (BIOL 204R or GEO 204R), Neotropical Biology and Geology (BIOL 490R), Independent Study (GEO 495R).
Estimated participation fee: $1,795. Apply by February 1, 2013, for this price.
Participation fee covers: Classroom and field instruction, lodging and meals, in-country transportation, activity and park entry fees.
Participation fee does not cover: UVU tuition (approx. $160 per credit hour), passport, roundtrip airfare to San Jose, discretionary spending.
Application deadline: February 1, 2013. Submit application, two letters of reference, $195 non-refundable application fee, and $300 participation fee deposit. If you miss the deadline, you are still welcome to apply until the program is full, but please note that the participation fee will be higher and program space is limited. Applications are available at the International Study Programs in WB147 or here: Application, Letter of Reference, Program Payment Card, Application Payment Card.
Tuition Waivers: UVU Employee & Employee Dependent Tuition Waivers may be applied for up to six credits of ISP tuition.
Financial aid: Pell grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to this program, based on eligibility.
Applicants must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.
Scholarships: UVU provides scholarships to qualified participants. For an application, click here.