Information for term Summer Tropical Ecology + Conservation
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineApril 1, 2019
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 9, 2019 (8 weeks)*
- Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA
OverviewClick to Open
Wake up to the sound of howler monkeys at our unique biological station, on the doorstep of the 57,000-acre Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Your classroom? Cloud forest treetops, sandy beaches, lush rain forests – all ideal for rigorous study of the incredibly diverse ecosystems of Costa Rica. Your summer adventure includes travel throughout the country, a strong boost for your Spanish language skills, a chance to carry out your own independent research project, and a satisfying taste of life in rural Costa Rica.
Camp and hike
through rain forests, dry forests, mangroves, beaches and more, as you explore protected natural areas.
Put new skills into practice
as you complete an independent research project that gives you an in-depth look at a favorite creature or plant, on a topic that fascinates you.
Live like a local
during a three-week homestay.
species of plants and trees in Monteverde Preserve3,021
species of amphibians161
Location & CultureClick to Open
The small community of Monteverde sits atop the Continental Divide in the Tilarán mountains in northwestern Costa Rica. Here, the treasure is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve – home to a staggering number of species that includes pumas, monkeys, quetzal, and the endangered three-wattled bird. From this amazing home base, you’ll also travel to the coast and other parts of the country.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Explore a lush lowland rain forest in Corcovado National Park, where inhabitants include white-crowned parrots, two-toed sloths, coatimundi, white-faced monkeys, and more.
- Explore a dry forest recognized for its study of regeneration in Santa Rose National Park.
- Visit Carara National Park, near the Pacific coast, home of the country’s largest groups of scarlet macaws.
- See towering Arenal volcano. Dormant for some time, the surrounding park is home to some 850 species of birds and more.
Put your skills to work on an independent research project in tropic ecology or conservation, from observation to a presentation of your findings. At every step, you’ll be guided by an expert faculty advisor. Past projects have explored beetle habitats, hummingbird habits, and the prey of cane toads.
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Daily LifeClick to Open
For two months, students live next door to the Monteverde Cloud Forest at a biological station where they attend classes and sleep four to a room. Rooms have bunks, a private bath, and hot showers. All meals are provided – family-style. Two teaching assistants are stationed here for guidance and academics, and other staff members plan activities and keep students informed of community events. Field lodging - Students camp or stay in cabins during the field trips with instructors.
All meals are provided.
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Where You'll Study
Students either walk or pay for transport by taxi.
What People are Saying
It was an amazing experience, with everything I was hoping to experience - hiking, camping, learning about animals and plants, culture, language, and independent research. I really could not have imagined a study abroad program I would have wanted to go on more.Tamera, Temple University, Summer 16
Everything I expected, and I got more out of it than I had expected!Patrick, University of Wisconsin, Summer 16
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What you need to knowThe program details
This intensive program gives students an incredible introduction to tropical biology and ecology, and allows them to learn more about a specific interest with independent research. Throughout, students also build their Spanish language skills and learn local customs.
Courses are taught by the resident director and local faculty, with guest lectures include resident and visiting biologists.
AcademicsClick to Open
Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.
One semester of college-level biology. One semester of college-level ecology, environmental science, or a second biology course is recommended. Some college-level Spanish is recommended.
- Total credit, summer: 10 semester/15 quarter hours
- Contact hours: Tropical biology: contact hours 60; credit – 4 semester credits/6 quarter hours
- Other classes: contact hours 30; credit – 2 semester credits / 1.5 quarter hours
Taught in English, with an academic focus on biology, and includes classwork, field study, lab work, and observation.
Various levels of conversational Spanish allow students to improve their language skills at the right pace.
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.
Summer 2019 CoursesClick to Open
- BIOL 3001 MVSU: Tropical Biology
- BIOL 3003 MVSU / BIOL 3004 MVSU: Independent Research in Biology/Ecology
- ECOL 3003 MVSU: Humans in the Tropics
Plus one Spanish course:
- SPAN 1005 MVSU: Spanish Language, Beginning I
- SPAN 2005 MVSU: Spanish Language, Intermediate I
- SPAN 3005 MVSU: Spanish Language, Advanced I
Summer 2018 CoursesClick to Open
CIEE Monteverde CENTER SYLLABI
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Monteverde Center, visit our syllabi site.
REQUIRED CIEE COURSES
- BIOL 3001 MVSU: Tropical Biology
- BIOL 3003 MVSU: Independent Study in Biology and Ecology
- ECOL 3003 MVSU: Humans in the Tropics
Spanish Conversation class at the appropriate level
ScholarshipsClick to Open
Scholarships & Grants
Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.
Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Ritzmann Tropical and Marine Ecology Scholarships
- 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.See more scholarship info
Dates, Deadlines & FeesClick to Open
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:
- Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
- Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
- A two-day orientation in San José to introduce students to Spanish culture, the academic program, and surroundings, plus practical information about living in Costa Rica
- Full-time program leadership and support in your host country
- Field trips and cultural activities
- Overnight excursions
- Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
No Hidden Fees
Fees & Housing
|Summer 2019 8 weeks||Apr 1, 2019||Jun 14, 2019*||Aug 9, 2019*||
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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 = $6,503 **
Housing = $1,280 ***
Insurance = $167Total Fees = $8,250
Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.
International Airfare = $600 †
Local Transportation = $50
Books & Supplies = $200
Personal expenses = $800Total Estimated Costs = $1,650
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.
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all meals
† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
*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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