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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Wintermester
  • Budget Sheets: Wintermester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 3
Minimum VT Class Status required for admission:
2 Sophomore Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
2.5 Areas of Study: Environmental Studies
College Sponsor: *Open to All Majors, CNRE
Program Description:

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Costa Rica Map

Field(s) of Study

Sustainability, Natural Resources,
Ecology, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Biology

Program FlyerGIS brochure Costa Rica 2018.pdf

Itinerary Information

Day 1. Departure to SJO.
Day 2. EARTH campus Guacimo tour and lectures

Day 3. Pinneapple tour and Sustainable Communities 

Day 4. Sustainable Communities

Day 5. Travel to EARTH La Flor Campus in Guanacaste

Day 6. Lectures at EARTH La Flor Campus and Industry tour

Day 7. Geo-thermal energy tour and travel to the beach

Day 8. Wildlife refugee tour. Afternoon free.

Day 9. Wood products industry tour

Day 10. Free day in the beach

Day 11. Return to USA through LIB 


Costa Rica

San Jose
Wintermester 2017- 2018 

Global Issues in Sustainability

Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies in the continent. Within only a 4 hour direct flight from Charlotte, NC the country is home to 5% of the world’s total floral and fauna species. Even though the country has managed to create a large national park system to protect its natural resources (25% of the country's territory is protected) there are still many critical challenges that remain unresolved.

With just over 51,000 km2 in territory, Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries. With beautiful beaches, volcanoes, biodiversity, and a unique culture and political system devoted to the protection of natural resources, the country offers a perfect setting for studying social, economic, and cultural aspects interactions with natural resources . This course will take you to a large variety of rural, and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials issues. The course balances different teaching methods to increase the learning process to reflect on past, present, and future of natural resources in a developing country and their relationship to other geographies such as United States.

For more information about the program, please visit the college website.


No prerequisites; open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.


Participants will earn 3 semester hours of Virginia Tech academic credit.


Program Fee

Estimated program fee is $2,700. Including airfare, local transportation, housing, daily meals, and exit taxes. Tuition and fees not included.

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. 3 credit hours of tuition + fees will be billed along with spring semester. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:

Contact Information

Dr. Henry Quesada
Brooks Center, mail code 0503
1650 Research Tech Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-0978 | E-mail:

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Wintermester 2017-2018 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/06/2018 01/13/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.