Overview of the Agro-Ecology in Tropical America study abroad course

Travel to Costa Rica, and enjoy spectacular landscapes. Visit its amazing ecosystems. Study the crops that grow in environments that range from sea level to soaring volcanic peaks, and accommodate everything from hi-tech agriculture to traditional home gardens near a cloud forest.

Costa Rica boasts one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Agricultural production is taking place adjacent to wilderness areas, and gradually encroaching upon these. Wilderness areas are further affected by a large influx of tourists. Within this context, sustainability and sustainable development serves as the course theme.

You will travel from the Caribbean to the Pacific, exploring many of the major ecosystems and major agricultural areas of Costa Rica. Through a combination of site visits, hands-on activities, hikes, and research projects, you will develop your own sense of sustainability from first-hand experiences and contact with Costa Rican citizens.

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About the Program

During this three-week field course, you’ll experience Costa Rica’s rainforest, cloud forest, dry forest, coastal and volcanic ecosystems. You’ll visit small- and large-scale, homegrown and hightech agricultural operations to gain an appreciation for the diverse agricultural products that come from this tropical country and see the effects of climate and geography on ecology and agriculture.

Interact with local producers on an array of agricultural operations to learn about the challenges they face, the practices and systems they use on their farms and the role of sustainability. You’ll explore coffee, pineapple and banana operations and get an overview of sugarcane, cassava, papaya, corn and rice grown in this picturesque country. The course also covers germplasm and biodiversity conservation; integration of animals into cropping systems, specifically rotational grazing and beef; and ecotourism and sustainable development — marine resource conservation and community involvement.

Tuition & Trip Costs

Estimated Program Fee:
$2900 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

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