Monteverde, Costa Rica

Summer Sustainability + The Environment

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Information for term Summer Sustainability + The Environment

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jun 18 – Jul 16, 2018 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jul 16 – Aug 12, 2018 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2018
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jun 18 – Aug 12, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Live on the edge — the edge of the world famous Monteverde cloud forest, that is — while exploring sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, and ecological engineering. There’s no better setting to study these topics than in Costa Rica, a little country with the big reputation for protecting natural capital, harnessing renewable energies, and creating secure food systems.

Unique Experiences

  • Take excursions

    to volcanoes, farms, island communities, power plants and more.

  • Attend classes in

    Sustainable Development (Session I), Conservation Biology (Session II), or Environmental Engineering (Session III)

  • Live with a local family

    advance your Spanish skills, and integrate into Costa Rican culture.

  • visitors every year

    200K
  • inches of rain annually

    118
  • of roads in Monteverde are dirt roads

    90%

Location & Culture

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Perhaps best known for the famed Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, this small, international community nestled along the edge of the cloud forest in the Tilarán Mountains is a portal to a lush haven of biodiversity. Today, tourists contribute the principal revenues to the zone, though coffee plantations and dairy farms still dot the landscape. The region, comprising numerous small towns, is home to about 5,000 people of diverse backgrounds.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Visit indigenous communities, such as the Boruca of the Talamanca foothills.
  • Meet with residents of island communities and professionals from diverse sectors.
  • Get inside access to local decision-makers, business owners, leaders, and activists for interviews, conversations, panel discussions, and hands-on training in sustainability practices.
  • Taste the salty sea spray of coastal fishing villages on Chira Island in the Gulf of Nicoya.
  • Climb a volcano and dip into a crater on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua.
  • Try indigenous foods in the mountain community of Boruca.
  • Learn directly from visits to working organic farms and wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower producers.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Help design, manage, or teach about nature reserves, waste management, water conservation, integrated conservation, and economic development projects.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. While at our base in Monteverde, students live with Costa Rican families, usually located in Santa Elena or Cerro Plano. Families are of variable composition: sometimes the family is extended, while others are nuclear families. There are usually children present, but the number and ages vary. Students have a private room, access to a shared (family) bathroom, a key for the house, and laundry service.

  • MEALS

    Students are provided with breakfast, a sack lunch, and dinner. Host families can generally accommodate diet requirements and restrictions, such as vegetarianism or veganism. More specialized or restricted diets might be possible as well.

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    .Monteverde

  • B

    CENTRO PANAMERICANO DE IDIOMAS.

    Monteverde

  • C

    Getting Around

    Students get around by foot and take buses, taxis, and ATVs.

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What you need to know

The program details

See what it feels like to live sustainably at the CIEE Study Center, where low-impact practices are a way of life and learning. Compost your organic trash to help cultivate native plants that support local wildlife on the center grounds. Grow and eat organic crops from the CIEE Heritage Garden. Even bask in the natural light of the sun or flick a switch for solar powered energy.

Centro Panamericano de Idiomas. CPA is our partner language school where you’ll take Communicative Spanish Language..

Courses are taught in English. The language course is taught in Spanish.

STEM courses are taught by CIEE faculty in English; language courses are taught by CPI faculty.

 

Academics

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Academics

  • GRADING

    Grades are based on quizzes, exams, essays, oral presentations, deliverables, plus attendance and participation in classes, including outings.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students should expect their schedules to be very structured and full. Classes are typically scheduled for Monday through Saturday, with daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. Students are expected to attend all classes, all daylong activities and outings, and one overnight excursion within the country per session. There is no time for weekend travel and you will be strongly encouraged to spend evenings and Sundays with host families and in community activities, practicing the language and learning about the local culture.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

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

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

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

Curriculum

Recommended Credit

  • Course credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session
  • Optional Communicative Spanish Language course credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter credits
  • Optional Communicative Spanish Language contact hours: 15

Three STEM courses are offered in successive sessions: Sustainable Development for the Tropics (Session I); Conservation Biology and Policy for the Tropics (Session II); and Environmental Engineering for the Tropics (Session III). Students may also enroll in the optional Communicative Spanish Language class.

Summer 2018 Courses

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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.

Session II

Session III

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • 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
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day orientation – an introduction to Costa Rica culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

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.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Summer Session II 2018 4 weeks Summer Session II and III 2018 8 weeks Summer Session III 2018 4 weeks

Application Due

Apr 1, 2018 Apr 1, 2018 May 1, 2018

Start Date

Jun 18, 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Jul 16, 2018

End Date

Jul 16, 2018 Aug 12, 2018 Aug 12, 2018

Fees & Housing

$3,850
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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 = $2,743 **

Housing = $640 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $3,850

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 = $100

International Airfare = $600

Local Transportation = $50

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 lunch and dinner daily, plus brunch on Sundays

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

$6,930
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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 = $5,183 **

Housing = $1,280 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $6,930

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 = $200

International Airfare = $600

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $800

Total Estimated Costs = $1,900

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 lunch and dinner daily, plus brunch on Sundays

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

$3,850
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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 = $2,743 **

Housing = $640 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $3,850

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 = $100

International Airfare = $600

Local Transportation = $50

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 lunch and dinner daily, plus brunch on Sundays

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

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