Class taught in English. No Spanish required.
- Summer: WINTER: November 1
About January in Costa Rica
You'll bask in near 80-degree days as you explore Heredia, ecological sites, national parks, beautiful beaches, and nearby hiking trails. Your three-week Ecology and Sustainable Development class, perfect to fulfill an elective or science requirement, will build your understanding of the recovery, preservation, and protection of the environment. With activities included, your stay in Costa Rica will be even more valuable and memorable.
January in Costa Rica Benefits
- Great location to immerse yourself in the local culture, and if you have a background in Spanish, practice your language skills.
- The three-week Ecology and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica class is a perfect elective or can be used to fulfill a major requirement, and you will earn 3 U.S. semester credit hours.
- Take your learning into the field and explore the tropics first-hand, engaging with scientists, park rangers, small business owners, and community activists passionate about sustainability.
- All activities, including meals and transportation, are included in the program fee.
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Academics at January in Costa Rica
(3 U.S. Semester Credit Hours)
Exploring environmental conditions in Costa Rica through practical field experiences, this course addresses the importance and challenges of ecological recovery, preservation, and protection. Using interdisciplinary approaches, students will confront the task of society to raise awareness for conserving natural resources long-term in Costa Rica and globally. Students will also expand theoretical concepts of ecology and its history in Costa Rica by examining the socio-economic and political relationships that promote—or sometimes prevent—sustainable goods and services such as ecotourism, development, and conservation research.
- A day trip to the Irazú volcano and a nearby coffee plantation.
- Hiking in national parks and discussion of Costa Rica’s national park system and management.
- A day trip to Sarapiqui to participate in a native tree reforestation project.
- A visit to a sustainable chocolate farm and processing plant.
- A meeting with owners of environmentally friendly hotels to discuss eco-tourism.
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The IFSA Team
IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!