Monteverde, Costa Rica

Sustainability + the Environment

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Information for term Sustainability + the Environment

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 22 – Nov 30, 2018 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 22 – Nov 30, 2019 (14 weeks)*
  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

December 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Dates: Feb 7 – May 18, 2019 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Whether you’re enchanted by its forests full of orchids, or inspired by its leaders of the global sustainability movement, Monteverde is the community for you. Dig into today’s pressing environmental issues and watch your Spanish skills bloom with daily practice. See what it’s like to live in this warm, peace-loving community in the clouds. Come back ready, refueled, and re-tooled with new skills, knowledge, and energy to make the world a better place.

Unique Experiences

  • EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES

    and learn about how they impact communities and biodiversity

  • GET TO KNOW AN ISLAND FISHING VILLAGE

    that is a model for sustainable fishing practices

  • INTERN WITH A LOCAL LEADER

    and apply the principles of conservation and sustainability to real-life situations

  • species of plants and trees

    3,021
  • life zones in the Monteverde Cloud Forest

    4
  • inhabitants

    6,700

Location & Culture

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Travel Costa Rica and Nicaragua for four weeks, visiting remote communities and protected areas.
  • Meet local people and business owners to get a firsthand look at a range of environmental protection projects.
  • Discover local foods, legends, and customs as you visit unique villages.
  • Be mentored by a resident expert and help solve a local sustainability challenge.

INTERNSHIPS

  • Put your skills to work when you labor to deliver valuable products and services to the Monteverde community.
  • Join a local organization, business, or farm and get a firsthand look at their approach to sustainability, while you gain valuable work experience.
  • Projects have included growing crops without agrochemicals, optimizing wildlife passage locations, calculating carbon emissions, using sustainable building materials for construction projects, creating educational materials, and more. 

Daily Life

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  • Homestays

    Live with a Spanish-speaking family in Monteverde, Cerro Plano, Santa Elena, or another nearby town, and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. Students have their own rooms and are provided with three meals a day and laundry service. Students can walk to and from CIEE Monteverde, or pay for transport by taxi.

  • MEALS

    All meals are provided by your host family.

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Where You'll Study

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    Getting Around

    Students either walk or pay for transport by taxi

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What you need to know

The program details

This demanding program is designed for energetic, outdoorsy students who are committed to fully immersing in academics, local culture, and nature. Successful students are those committed to working hard, playing hard, and expanding their comfort zone. Students learn in the classroom and field, and travel to remote parts of Costa Rica and Panama that most visitors never see. They are rewarded with unique and life-changing experiences, new knowledge and skills, and inspiration to carry the sustainability movement forward.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students learn with other CIEE participants in small, dynamic groups, taking five classes that are designed specifically for this program. Learning happens through lectures, fieldwork, excursions, interviews, small group work, discussions, and labs. Because of the focus on critical thinking, assignments and exams are writing-intensive.

  • GRADING

    Students are assessed with traditional evaluation tools – tests, reports, essays, participation, and oral presentations – and given a standard letter grade of A-F.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    With a full schedule every day, plus time allotted to be with host families, students have little or no opportunity for independent travel or activities. The program is demanding – and highly rewarding. Fall Schedule: Late August to mid-December. Spring Schedule: Early February to mid-May.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Major in environmental studies/science. Have completed three college-level courses in natural sciences, environmental studies, or agriculture. Some college-level Spanish recommended.

Curriculum

·PROGRAM CREDIT

  • Total credit, semester: 17 semester/25.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: biology course: 60 hours; credit – 4 semester/6 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise noted
  • Spanish language course: 45 hours; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

Students take the following courses:

  • Sustainability: Environment, Economy, and Society
  • Tropical Conservation Biology and Policy
  • Costa Rican Natural History
  • A Spanish language course at one of nine levels
  • Conservation and Sustainability Internship

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

All courses outlined below, including Spanish, are required. The final syllabi for courses are given to students upon arrival in Monteverde. Because requirements vary between schools, contact your study abroad office for course equivalents and credits awarded toward your degree

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

The curriculum is specifically geared to CIEE students, with vocabulary focusing on ecology and conservation. Students are also involved in experiences under the guidance of the course instructor, researching and reporting on particular topics. Classroom instruction is in Spanish. There are multiple individualized levels offered with no more than four students per instructor. Students are tested during orientation to ensure appropriate placement in language classes.

Fall 2018 Courses

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CIEE Sites Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our site, visit our syllabi site.

REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

All courses outlined below, including Spanish, are required. The final syllabi for courses are given to students upon arrival in Monteverde. Because requirements vary between schools, contact your study abroad office for course equivalents and credits awarded toward your degree.

The curriculum is specifically geared to CIEE students, with vocabulary focusing on ecology and conservation. Students are also involved in experiences under the guidance of the course instructor, researching and reporting on particular topics. Classroom instruction is in Spanish. There are multiple individualized levels offered with no more than four students per instructor. Students are tested during orientation to ensure appropriate placement in language classes.

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

Scholarships

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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
  • 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
  • On-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day orientation in Alajuela introduces 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

Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 14 weeks Aug 22, 2018 Nov 30, 2018
$15,850
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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 = $12,963 **

Housing = $2,420 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $600

Books & Supplies = $250

Personal expenses = $500

Total Estimated Costs = $1,350

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 all meals

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

Spring 2019 14 weeks Dec 1, 2018 Feb 7, 2019 May 18, 2019
$17,450
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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 = $14,563 **

Housing = $2,420 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $600

Books & Supplies = $250

Personal expenses = $500

Total Estimated Costs = $1,350

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 all meals

Fall 2019 14 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 22, 2019* Nov 30, 2019*

*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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