Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Semester Abroad in Costa Rica

Sustainable Development & Environmental Studies

At a glance

Travel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest on your Semester Abroad! During this Field Semester, engage in hands-on conservation projects while exploring diverse ecosystems, majestic volcanoes, serene beaches, and Costa Rican culture.

Study hard, play hard - your semester, your way!

  • Live in the Cloud Forest among sloths, monkeys, and tropical birds
  • Travel from the Caribbean to Pacific Coasts alongside like-minded students
  • Get out of the classroom and into the field through our unique blended learning model
  • Earn 15 credits over 15 weeks
  • Open to all majors
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Start Dates: 

Fall & Spring Terms

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Minimum Duration: 

Fifteen Weeks


College student or recent graduate

Applications & Dates

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the admissions deadlines listed below. You’re encouraged to Apply as early as possible to secure your place – it’s completely free!

  • Travel Dates:
    • Fall 2024: September 2, 2024 - December 15, 2024
    • Spring 2025: January 27, 2025 - May 11, 2025
  • Admissions Deadlines:
    • Fall 2024: June 2, 2024
    • Spring 2025: November 2, 2024 

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You’ll live in shared cabins nestled on a 45-acre family-owned organic farm near restaurants, nightlife, coffee shops, and shopping. Cabins are double and triple rooms shared with other Projects Abroad students of the same gender. Housing is a five-minute taxi to town and 20 minutes by public transport to campus.

Live and learn in nature!


All students receive three meals per day during programming. We can accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. Just let us know!

What’s Included

Tuition for this program earning 15 credits is $23,550. This program fee includes the following:

  • Shared student cabins and a short-term homestay with a local family
  • Daily meals and snacks during programming
  • Hosted excursions, cultural activities, and social events throughout your program
  • Transportation during programming, unless otherwise noted
  • Official Transcript with 15 credits
  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Insurance
  • 24/7 On-site support
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Pre-departure admissions, travel, and visa support


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  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Currently enrolled in university or recently graduated
  • ***No Spanish language experience or prerequisites required***

The Projects Abroad Model

For over three decades, Projects Abroad has been the world's trailblazer in meaningful and impactful international projects. Leveraging our rich legacy in real-world impact, we are pioneering a new chapter in global education, blending our extensive experience with a transformative educational approach.

Hands-on Impact through Fieldwork

We prioritize creating tangible change from the moment you arrive. Distinct from traditional academic programs limited to classroom settings, our approach is deeply rooted in fieldwork and hands-on impact. Here, you're not merely an observer - you're a contributor to meaningful community projects right from the start. Whether you’re collecting data, engaging community stakeholders, or getting your hands dirty in reforestation initiatives, you’ll not only develop a multifaceted approach to sustainability but positively contribute in the process.  

Travel and Adventure as a Learning Tool

On your Field Semester, travel is not merely an additional feature - it's an integral component of your educational journey. Our courses are thoughtfully designed to include touring and exploration, enabling you to experience diverse ecosystems and cultures firsthand. This immersive travel experience is seamlessly integrated into your curriculum, providing a holistic understanding of each subject area. We also strongly encourage you to travel independently to experience all that Costa Rica and studying abroad has to offer!

Holistic Education for All Majors

We’re revolutionizing learning by employing assessments as tools for real-world impact, catering to all academic majors. The era when such programs were solely for Natural Science Majors is over. Whether your focus is sciences, humanities, or business (or anything else!), our programs are specifically designed to develop you into a globally conscious citizen, fully aware of your role in an interconnected world, regardless of your major.

Submit your application today. It takes less than 10 minutes and there’s no application fee!

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After you have applied — you can secure your place for just $295!

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