Monteverde, Costa Rica

STEM + Society

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Information for term STEM + Society

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 12 – Sep 21, 2019 (6 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 23 – Nov 2, 2019 (6 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

June 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Nov 4 – Dec 14, 2019 (6 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

December 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 12 – Nov 2, 2019 (12 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 23 – Dec 14, 2019 (12 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 12 – Dec 14, 2019 (18 weeks)*
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Monteverde has been at the forefront of field study in environmental protection since the 1960s, when it began attracting scientists to marvel at its biodiversity. As a result, Monteverde is the ideal place to study ecology, conservation, sustainability, and agriculture, and explore ways to protect its future, live more sustainably, and educate others to do the same. 

Unique Experiences

  • Learn from Costa Rican farmers

    who maintain crops, improve their soils, and have high productivity with natural and climate-smart practices

  • Live in a rural mountain community

    surrounded by a tropical cloud forest and friendly Costa Ricans

  • See close up

    how alternative energy makes Costa Rica largely independent of fossil fuels

  • The historic moment when Costa Rica abolished its army, and became known as the “Switzerland of Central America”.

    1948
  • Literacy for Costa Rica is highest in Latin America

    98%
  • The year Costa Rica has vowed to become carbon neutral by.

    2025

Location & Culture

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Located in northwestern 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 top above Monteverde and down into the Peñas Blancas Valley. As a result of its unique history and geography, Monteverde is a stunning home to exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife and sustainability projects including agriculture, energy production, water conservation, forest management, and biodiversity conservation.  

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

  • Get to know biodiversity firsthand, and learn why it is so valuable for human societies
  • Learn about renewable energy, alternative agriculture, ecotourism, and other sustainable economic activities
  • Visit reserves, farms, urban centers, or remote communities to explore the biological and cultural diversity of Costa Rica

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay: Students stay with Costa Rican families or at the Monteverde Biological Station. Students studying ecology or related field science will stay at a local field station with its own private cloud forest reserve. The station has rooms with two bunks and a bathroom, internet, library, study spaces, classrooms, and labs. Students staying with local families will have private rooms and home-cooked meals, and will experience the daily rhythm of a rural Costa Rican community.

     

  • Meals

    All students receive three meals per day.

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Where You'll Study

  • A

    Barrio Orquideas

    a typical Costa Rican neighborhood where many homestay families are located.

  • B

    CIEE Sustainability Center

    where some classes are held

  • C

    Monteverde Biological Station

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

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What you need to know

The program details

Since 1989, CIEE Monteverde has been shaping the way field science, conservation, and sustainability is taught. Working closely with the local community, we maintain strong partnerships with Costa Rica’s biologists, conservationists, farmers, educators, engineers, and local families. In turn, student’s gain deep insight to the drivers and shareholders of this sustainable and engaged community and their commitment to biodiversity protection. 

The Monteverde STEM + Society program offers courses in biology, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental engineering, sustainable agriculture, and environmental education, in English. Spanish language classes are also offered. There are no required courses and no prerequisites to participate, although upper level courses will require previous coursework in related topics. Classes are held on a 6-week block-based schedule, aligning with CIEE Open Campus programs and CIEE Merida STEM + Society, so students can take advantage of comparative learning across countries.

Students have access to a range of complementary co-curricular, personal, and professional development activities. Throughout the program, students will explore connections between culture, conservation, and a more sustainable future. The goals of the curriculum are to promote cultural self-awareness, scientific and cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through interactive activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop discipline-specific competencies so they can effectively incorporate new experiences into their general understanding of the natural environment, as well as local human culture. 

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take classes with other CIEE students only.

  • Grading

    Grades are based on a combination of classroom participation, attendance, projects, and written and oral reports. Final grade will be composed of exams, papers, homework assignments, projects, attendance, and a final exam.

  • Academic Culture

    Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday with possible weekend work and excursions. Regular class attendance and participation is expected and required. Students play an active role in their own education. Group projects and interaction with fellow students and professors is expected.

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA

    Students need to have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Students can earn up to 7 credits per 6-week block. Students staying for three blocks earn 15-18 credits.
  • Non-lab course: 3 credits/45 contact hours
  • Lab course: 4 credits/60 contact hours (45 classroom hours and 30-45 contact hours of lab/field depending upon discipline)
  • Language course: 3 credits/60 contact hours

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.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Meet-and-greet activity upon arrival
  • Orientation – an introduction to Costa Rican culture, your academic program, and Monteverde, plus practical information about living in Monteverde and Costa Rica
  • Full-time program leadership and support in Monteverde and Costa Rica
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

 

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall Block I 2019 6 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* Sep 21, 2019*
$4,950
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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 = $2,853 **

Housing = $1,630 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,950

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $1,250

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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 three meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Blocks I, II 2019 12 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* Nov 2, 2019*
$9,900
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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 = $6,173 **

Housing = $3,260 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $9,900

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $195

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $800

Total Estimated Costs = $1,845

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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 three meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Blocks I, II, III 2019 18 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
$14,850
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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 = $9,493 **

Housing = $4,890 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $14,850

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $295

Books & Supplies = $300

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $2,445

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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 three meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Block II 2019 6 weeks May 1, 2019 Sep 23, 2019* Nov 2, 2019*
$4,950
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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 = $2,853 **

Housing = $1,630 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,950

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $1,250

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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 three meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Blocks II, III 2019 12 weeks May 1, 2019 Sep 23, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
$9,900
Click to Close

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 = $6,173 **

Housing = $3,260 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $9,900

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $800

Total Estimated Costs = $1,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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 three meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Block III 2019 6 weeks Jun 1, 2019 Nov 4, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
$4,950
Click to Close

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 = $2,853 **

Housing = $1,630 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,950

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $1,250

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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 three meals per day

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring Block I 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Blocks I, II 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Blocks I, II, III 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Block II 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Blocks II, III 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Spring Block III 2020 6 weeks Dec 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
OC Academic Year 2019-2020 6 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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