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  • Locations: Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: SRU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led SRU Study Abroad Application Fee: 100
ISIC Card Fee: 25
Program Description:
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Program Overview | Faculty Leader Information | Program TimelineCosts | Health and Safety

Program Overview

While in Costa Rica we will visit San Jose, one of the larger cities in Costa Rica. While there we will have a city tour where we will get to immerse ourselves in the local culture and try the foods and customs of the area. We will also visit the natural history museum which will lend us a close-up introduction of animals we can expect to see once we are in the field. Starting out early on our 2nd day we will begin our journey into the Monteverde cloud forest where we will hike in the clouds of the forest and observe over 400 birds including parrots in their natural habitat. In order to observe the birds, we will be using cloud bridges (walking bridges in the canopy) and zip-lining between these bridges. We will continue our trip by hiking into the cloud forest on the following days where we will get to observe other species, like the monkey and sloth as well as birds from the ground. Our bird observations will contribute to the Cornell eBird initiative which contributes to our understanding of bird migrations. This has become especially important in this area as the fires of the amazon (far away in Brazil) have forced many species to migrate to new areas. If you have never taken field observations - you will learn these skills before and during the trip. We will have two pre-flight lessons at the Macoskey Center to practice these skills and will continue to work on our field journals and observations in Costa Rica. On our way back to San Jose we will spend a day at the beach in the beautiful clear waters of Costa Rica. On our last day, we will visit an animal sanctuary that houses injured and/or displaced animals of the area, including sloths, monkeys and birds. You will get to see firsthand the vast biodiversity and extensive conservation efforts of both the Cloud forest and its inhabitants while contributing to this initiative with our observations of bird species we will record while there.  Further information is available from the faculty leader, Dr. Beth Ann Rice, as well as the Office for Global Engagement which is located in Spotts World Culture Building-Room 002C. 

Design of experience 
This trip is intentionally designed to support animal observation techniques, field journal skills and research skills. It is designed specifically for Psychology and Biology students in mind but is not restricted to any majors. Preference for the 15 available seats will be given to students who have taken or will take in the spring, PSYC 303 Learning, Zoology or Behavioral Neuroscience. Students taking PSYC 303 in Spring of 2020 semester can explore their financial aid eligibility to help fund this trip. Please visit the Financial Aid Office in Maltby 108 to learn more.

Faculty Leader Information

Dr. Beth Ann Rice
309G Vincent Science Center

Program Timeline

Timeline Important Dates
Fall publicity for Spring Break-Faculty Led Programs begins September, October, November 
Apply for your passport Immediately upon application (a passport copy will be due in December 2019)
Student applications & application fee due Last day of Spring registration (November 15, 2019)
Official acceptances announced Last week of November/First week of December
Students billed for program fees Mid December
Airline reservations confirmed Mid January (airline fees are non-refundable once the airline reservations are confirmed in January 2020)
Pre-Departure meetings with Directors Mid January/February/March
Group departs Wednesday/Thursday/Friday before Spring Break (exact dates TBD)
Group returns Friday/Saturday/Sunday of Spring Break (exact dates TBD)


A non-refundable application fee of $125.00 will be paid at the time of application. The application fee covers the cost of an international student identity card ($25.00) and $100.00 administrative fee. Those students taking enrolled in Learning 303, Zoology or Behavioral Neuroscience in the Spring 2020 semester can explore their financial aid eligibility to help fund this trip. Please visit the Financial Aid Office in Maltby 108 to learn more.

Estimated Costs: $2571.00
Cost includes:
  • International airfare
  • Most program activities/site visits and excursions
  • Shared accommodations (2-4 students per room)
  • Most breakfasts
  • In-country transportation
  • International Travel Insurance (via the ISIC card noted above)

** We recommend an estimated $500.00-$600.00 in personal spending money to cover meals beyond breakfasts and incidentals including personal shopping. This estimate is determined by previous student reports of personal spending and may vary by participant.**

Health and Safety

For general safety and security information for students abroad visit U.S. Students Abroad. 
For information regarding vaccines and medicines visit the CDC. **Vaccines are the financial responsibility of the program participants and not covered in the above costs.
To learn more about international travel in this country, click here.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.