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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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FLP Costa Rica3
Venture into the humid tropics of Costa Rica to learn about tropical ecology and conservation, develop backcountry adventure skills and experience the culture of Costa Rica while backpacking between working family farms, traveling by raft down the Rio Savegre and exploring the surf breaks of Marino Ballena National Park. The online course in fall term will introduce you to the history and culture of Costa Rica, tropical ecology, natural resources and adventure tourism. The class will then convene in Costa Rica for ten days of hands-on exploration of the course topics.

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in either NR 499: Costa Rica: An Immersion in Culture and Nature or TRAL 499: An Immersion in Culture and Nature for a total of 3 credits. Learning objectives include:
  • Explore the relationships between human cultures and the natural resource.
  • Develop an appreciation of cultural differences with respect to natural resource use.
  • Gain an understanding of ecotourism/green tourism/nature-based tourism/adventure tourism– its ideologies, practices, and pitfalls.
  • Develop an understanding of the natural history and ecology of Costa Rica, especially tropical rainforests.
  • Increase knowledge of leadership models as they relate to adventure-based expeditionary learning.


This program is designed for students with an interest in a Costa Rican cultural experience, ecology of a humid tropical region and developing backcountry and expedition skills.

Spanish language skills are welcome but not required.

Physical requirements include: extensive hiking (up to 10 miles per day with a light pack). Activities include: Swimming and Rafting

Cost Estimates

Program Cost Estimates

Program Fee $2,100 (undergraduate), $1,500 (graduate)
Ecampus Tuition [3 credits] $900 (undergraduate), $1,647 (graduate)
Housing Included in Program Fee
Meals $150 (estimate only)
Accident & Sickness Insurance $30 (approximate)
International Airfare $1,400
Passport $135
Visa or Entry/Exit Tax $29
Books & Supplies $0
Local Transportation & Misc. Expenses $150
Total Estimated Expenses $4,514 (undergraduate), $4,661 (graduate)

Additional Info

The Program Leaders are Ron Reuter, and Andrew Hawley. For more information, visit the College of Forestry's Faculty-led Programs site.

This program is currently not accepting applications.