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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.
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 Flyer

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Itinerary Information

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

Day 3. Maquenque project and Communities 

Day 4. Stance at Communities

Day 5. Travel to EARTH Campus in the Pacific

Day 6. Irrigation project and ADASTRA Rockets

Day 7. Free day at the beach

Day 8. Forestry Reserve lecture and tour

Day 9. Renewable Energy tour

Day 10. Hot Springs

Day 11. Return to USA  


Costa Rica

San Jose
Winter Session 2018-19 (January 2 - 11) 

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 $2,850. 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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2018-2019 11/01/2018
Rolling Admission 01/02/2019 01/11/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program within a few weeks of submission. Please allow time for review.

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This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.