Monteverde, Costa Rica

January in Monteverde

Study Sustainable Development for the Tropics or Nature, Photography, Social Media, and Environmental Engagement
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Information for term January in Monteverde

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Dec 27, 2022 – Jan 16, 2023
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Grab your hiking boots and get ready to spend January in the progressive mountain community of San Luis de Monteverde, where the region's breathtaking natural scenery will surround and astound you! Designed for students from all fields of study, this program is an ideal fit for those eager to develop healthy and sustainable lifestyle habits to protect the environment.

When class is in session, your coursework will be delivered in English at CIEE Monteverde.

Outside the classroom, you'll participate in immersive activities that complement classroom learning and increase intercultural understanding, including visiting sustainable and carbon-neutral farms, sustainable hotels, Monteverde's Cloud forest, and more. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

Unique Experiences

  • Learn how eco-tourism

    can bring more than new people to a community. As a student, you’ll explore the environmental, economic, and social impacts of this powerful force, and come away a more enlightened traveler in the process!

  • LIVE IN A RURAL MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY

    surrounded by friendly Costa Ricans who will teach you how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, while you gain new professional skills

  • Visit the cloud forest

    where mosses and orchids dripping with mist decorate the boughs of gnarly trees and brightly colored birds dart through the fog for fruits. This resource is critical not only for the economy of Monteverde but also for the hundreds of plants and animals that call this wet world home.

  • FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL, ON THE TOP OF THE TILARAN MOUNTAINS

    4,600
  • species of birds

    400
  • annual tourists

    250K

Location & Culture

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Located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica, Monteverde lies along the continental divide at the crest of the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain chain, which is blanketed by a cool, wet cloud forest extending down into the Atlantic lowlands. The cloud forest provides a striking contrast to the deciduous forest on the Pacific side.   

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was founded in 1972 to protect the entire ridge above Monteverde and down into the Peñas Blancas Valley. As a result of its unique history and geography, Monteverde is home to exotic flora, fauna, wildlife, and sustainability projects, including agriculture, energy production, water conservation, forest management, and biodiversity conservation. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Monteverde.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Excursions and activities may include:  

  • Hiking under the dripping boughs of the cloud forest to observe colorful plants and animals. Insiders will tell you how these protected areas both conserve biodiversity and contribute to the economy. 
  • Visiting local businesses involved with tourism to learn from residents about their opinions on the pros and cons of tourism development. 
  • Taking a day trip to a local, sustainable farm to enjoy a meal of 100% organically grown food direct from the fields.  
  • Exploring and experiencing the power of renewable energies – including solar, wind, and hydropower – operating at large and small scales to gain insight into how and why Costa Rica is an international leader in the carbon-neutral movement. 
  • Exploring indoor and outdoor areas that access forest trails and gardens for recreation, self-exploration, and co-curricular activities. 

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Dorms: Whether on or off-campus, students live in dormitories surrounded by the Monteverde Cloud Forest in double, triple, or quad rooms shared with other CIEE students. Rooms feature shared or en-suite bathrooms, shared desks, and shared closets. 

  • MEALS

    All students receive three meals per day. Accommodation for vegan and vegetarian diets is possible. 

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Monteverde

    where some classes and laboratories are held and where some students are housed

  • B

    Monteverde

    Located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, Monteverde is home to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which contains over 26,000 acres of tropical plants and animals.

What People are Saying

  • "I've studied abroad many times and the support and personal care CIEE has provided me ranks it as my best experience abroad."

    Emily F., Western Kentucky University
  • "I thought the program was a great experience. I learned a lot from the teachers and TA's and had a great cultural experience!"

    Madison M., Dickinson College
  • "The process of applying to arriving on campus was simple. CIEE provided aid through the entire process making the transition more enjoyable!"

    Caela F., Ursinus College
  • "It gives you a different perspective which is a critical experience for a human being."

    Eloisa Noreen J., Gustavus Adolphus College

Academics

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Academics

The January in Monteverde program is an intensive introduction to environmental sustainability issues facing many tropical, developing nations.  Emphasis is on the economic sustainability of renewable energy, ecotourism, and agriculture.  Courses are taught by qualified instructors of CIEE– Monteverde.

CIEE Monteverde is located in an area that includes forest and farms against a backdrop of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.  Facilities include classrooms, residence halls, and recreational areas in a natural setting.  There are a wet and dry laboratory, an herbarium, plus organic gardens to support a wide array of STEM studies and research opportunities.  An extensive trail system through forest and fields, links classrooms to a botanical garden, animal stables, and coffee and vegetable production areas.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Two college-level courses in the natural sciences, environmental studies, sustainability, or agriculture

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

All students take the required CIEE course.

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three weeks of classes, designed to follow U.S. academic culture.  Class attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions that are scheduled  on Saturdays.   There is no time for weekend travel and students are strongly encouraged to spend evenings and Sundays taking part in extra-curricular activities to practice the language and learn about the local culture.

Class Format

Courses taught at CIEE Monteverde are for CIEE students only.  Courses are taught Monday - Saturday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

Grading

Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including quizzes, exams, essays, oral presentations, deliverables, plus participation in classes, including outings.  Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates.  Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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Course Information

  

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2023 Deadline Passed Dec 27, 2022 Jan 16, 2023
$3,650
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,603 **

Housing = $700 ***

Insurance = $47

Total Fees = $3,650

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $50

International Airfare = $700

Local Transportation = $40

Books & Supplies = $20

Personal expenses = $100

Total Estimated Costs = $910

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

r?ound-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500. January 2020 programs in Latin America are not eligible for CIEE Scholarships and Grants.

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Meals
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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