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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Travel Study
  • Budget Sheets: Travel Study
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Courses in English, Travel Study Language Prerequisites: None
Special Options: Research Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:
Environmental Science Travel Study

Expected Dates of Travel - Summer:  May 17-24, 2018

San Jose
Program Description
Travel to the beautiful country of Costa Rica this May!  Led by Dr. Jerry Kavouras, Director of the Environmental Science Program and Chair of the Biology department, this Travel Study program provides you the exciting opportunity to learn about Environmental Science in this biologically diverse country while earning Lewis credit.  You have the chance to see and do a variety of things in connection with your coursework, including visits to a volcano, a sea turtle rescue center, biological research stations, different types of rainforests, and the Pacific coast.

The group will first travel from the capital, San Jose, to the Poás volcano, with the world's largest active crater, and a biological station.  Next, it is off to Pacuare along the Caribbean coast to visit a sea turtle rescue center and assist the staff there.  The program then travels across to Monteverde to visit a cloud forest preserve and concludes with a visit to the Pacific coast in Tamarindo.

You will be registered for BIOL10600 “Introduction to Environmental Science” during the Spring 2017 semester, which satisfies one of the Mathematics/Science General Education requirements. You should consult with your major advisor to ascertain how this course will best fit in your academic plan. In addition to the travel, you will also have course meetings on campus before the trip. These meetings will provide an opportunity to better prepare for all of the things that you will experience during your travel component.
Required Course:
BIOL10600  Introduction to Environmental Science
Public concern for the environment is always in the news.  Policies, which value and conserve our natural resources, need to be created by informed citizens and elected officials. The course reviews major environmental issues and the science behind them.  Ecosystem structure and function, conservation and restoration, and globalization are key concepts in environmental science that will be reinforced through activities on the trip.

You will stay in shared rooms in lodges and hotels during your stay in Costa Rica.

The cost of the 2017 Arts & Sciences Costa Rica Travel Study program is expected to be approximately $3,300.  You will be registered for the course, which will count as part of your normal tuition package rate for 12-18 credits,  and the program fee will be placed onto your student account during the Spring 2018 semester.

The program fee includes:
  • airfare
  • accommodation
  • three meals per day
  • local transportation
  • local guides
  • medical insurance
  • administrative fees
  • program-sponsored excursions
The program fee does not include supplies, personal expenses, and any passport and visa fees.

Program fees are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.

To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 2.75 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.  There are no language prerequisites for this program..

Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required.  If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.

This program is currently not accepting applications.