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  • Locations: Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter/Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 04/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter/Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: SFS (School for Field Studies) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Earth Sciences, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Geography & Geospatial Science, Spanish, Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership, Zoology Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field study / research, Study abroad program Click here for a definition of this term Housing Option: Dormitory
Program Description:

SFS COSTA RICA: ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE STUDIES (SEMESTER)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science, 2.7 GPA, 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Fall: May 1st. Spring: November 1st. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW


Go off the beaten path and experience resilience in action. Spend a semester in Costa Rica, home to rainforests, volcanoes, rushing waterfalls, and a laid-back culture that reflects the national motto: “Pura Vida.” Immerse yourself in the country’s many national parks, farms, and tropical ecosystems full of incredible biodiversity. Design and conduct a rigorous field research project and learn how Costa Ricans are creatively addressing conservation and development issues. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Explore the cloud forests of Monteverde, home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, to study tropical ecology, resilient land management, and community development efforts. 
  • Take an expedition to Panama’s Chiriquí Highlands, a lush, forested region of volcanic peaks, coffee and vegetable farms, and perpetual spring-like weather. 
  • Go behind the scenes at local farms to learn how Costa Ricans have successfully combined agriculture and conservation.  
  • Engage in the Center’s sustainable food efforts – gather fresh mangoes from campus trees, visit the chicken coop to gather eggs, harvest kale from the garden, master composting, and more. 
  • Conduct a comprehensive field research project: Develop a research question, collect and analyze data, write a paper, and present your findings.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Ecological Resilience Studies. The Center is an active farm overlooking the vibrant Central Valley, where green is the predominant color as far as the eye can see. Dorms and classrooms intermingle with orchards and gardens, while Center dog Hera keeps watch over it all. The friendly town of Atenas is a 10-minute cab ride away, offering restaurants, shops, parks, and cultural events.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change and tropical ecosystems
  • Agroforestry and conservation
  • Permaculture
  • Bird communication
  • Urban ecology
  • Sustainable ecotourism
  • Carbon sequestration
  • National park management
 

CORE SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Species identification
  • Habitat and biodiversity assessment
  • Tourism impact assessment methods
  • Basic Spanish language
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
 

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As an OSU student, you will receive an automatic $3,000 scholarship from SFS upon acceptance into this program. This scholarship will be in addition to other need-based aid opportunities also offered by SFS.