BIOS 3025-001 Natural History of Costa Rica (BIOS 5025 Nature History of Costa Rica for graduate students) is designed to introduce students to different ecosystems within Costa Rica. Students will participate in field trips and excursions to study first hand the biological complexities of the tropics. You will visit economically important crop plantations like coffee, chocolate, and bananas. Students will learn about the native populations in Costa Rica, experience cultural aspects of Costa Rica, and discuss Costa Rica’s conservation ethic and the impact of humans on the environment. In addition, students will widen their world view through travel to a new country, culture and tropical environment.
Students will be assigned readings to complete and comment on before leaving for Costa Rica and students will keep a daily journal about their experiences. Students must be able to walk 3-4 miles a day over hilly terrain.
June 15-28, 2011.
Dr. Debby Hanmer, Biology Department, has developed an amazing study abroad in Costa Rica during Summer I. This 14-day study abroad includes:
Day 1: Arrival in San Jose.
Day 2: Poas Volcano National Park. Tirimbina field station.
Day 3: Guided rainforest hike, chocolate tour and Indigenous cultural museum.
Day 4: White water rafting and bats program.
Day 5: Visit banana and coffee plantations.
Day 6: Visit local elementary school and frogs program.
Day 7: Travel to La Fortuna. Ecothermales hot springs
Day 8: Hiking in Arenal National Park. Travel to Monterverde
Day 9: Explore the Cloud Forest. Visit Santa Elena ice cream factory.
Day 10: Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park. Free time at beach.
Day 11: Hiking in the park and beach.
Day 12: Return to San Jose. Relax at hotel gardens and pool.
Day 13: Gold Museum, National Theater and shopping. Farewell dinner.
Day 14: Depart San Jose to North Carolina.
Program Fee includes:
■ Roundtrip airport transportation.
■ Roundtrip airfare.
■ All meals
■ All ground transportation within Costa Rica.
■Visits to Poas Volcano, Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Parks, Educational programs, Coffee and banana tour, Indigenous Museum, White water rafting, Hot springs, and Gold Museum.
■ International Health Insurance (Required).
You must have approval from the Study Abroad Coordinator. You must be registered for BIOS 3025-001 Natural History of Costa Rica (3 credits). The cost of either 3 credits plus fees is NOT included in the cost of the Study Abroad in Costa Rica.
This is an approved study abroad program through the Center for International Programs and the Biology Department, and may qualify for financial aid.
In order to qualify for financial aid a student must be registered for full-time studies (6-credits) in the summer. Most grants, loans, or scholarships should apply to this approved program. Please direct all questions about student financial aid eligibility to the Financial Aid Office.
You will need to have a valid US Passport to participate in this study abroad. Please visit the Department of State website for a US Passport application: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
All students at UNC Pembroke are eligible to participate in the Costa Rica Study Abroad, provided that they meet the following minimum requirements:
Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
© The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
PO Box 1510 Pembroke, NC 28372-1510 • 910.521.6000