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* EARTH University Sustainable Development (Semester) - Costa Rica
Guacimo de Limon, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 11/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/26/2018 05/27/2018
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, International Studies, Sociology
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Coordinator:
Sarah Vowels
Program Type: CSU Study Abroad Program
Areas of Study:
Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources
Program Description:

EARTH University Sustainable Development

in Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica

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This ground-breaking new study abroad program provides students with the unique opportunity to link theory and practice in the pursuit of sustainable development in both urban and rural contexts. The program combines intense fieldwork with classroom engagement and closely examines different sustainable development and resource management models that Costa Rica uses to protect its biodiversity while promoting socioeconomic benefits.

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:  Students may participate in the program for one semester, fall or spring.

  • Spring 2018:  January 26 - May 27
  • Fall 2018:  August 2nd - November 24

COURSES: Students will participate in five courses at two institutions:  International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) and EARTH University.  For the first two months, students will take the following courses at ICDS, located in San José, Costa Rica.  Click here for EARTH/ICDS Semester Program Description and Syllabi.  The courses include:
  • Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service Learning Course. (3cr)
  • Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Development: The Costa Rican Experience. (3cr)
During the second half of the course, students will attend EARTH University in the rural lowland rain forest region of the Caribbean Limón province and will participate in the following two courses:
  • Sustainable Livelihoods:  Integrating Community, Entrepreneurship, and Natural Resources (3cr)
  • Environmental and Social Assessment:  How to Measure, Manage and Mitigate our Impact (3cr)
Furthermore, this academic and experiential opportunity in Costa Rica is complemented by the chance to develop and perfect valuable language skills through Spanish language courses and by immersing yourself in the local culture through living in homestays and interacting with other students from over 25 countries.

ESTIMATED COST: The program budget sheet is linked above under fall and spring.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum 2.75 GPA.  Basic Spanish knowledge. Good disciplinary standing.
Housing and Meals
The program will be split between 2 locations.  The first half is based in San Jose, which is the capital of Costa Rica.  Students will be housed in homestays in San Jose, which are arranged by ICDS. The second half of the program will be at EARTH University in Guacimo de Limon, and students will stay in University residence housing.  Most meals will be provided by the homestays or in the residence halls, respectively. 


EARTH University Study Abroad Handbook - 2016
EARTH Semester Program in English - Webpage
International Center for Development Studies (ICDS)