Fall 2020 Monteverde Program Modifications

Modifications have been made to fall 2020 programs to accommodate current travel restrictions while providing the best study abroad experience. Please review the program details paying close attention to new start and end dates, online pre-arrival courses, course notes, housing, and excursions. CIEE accepted students should log into My Account to access your post acceptance tasks and materials. New students interested in fall should create a CIEE My Account to begin the application process.

FALL 2020 UPDATED PROGRAMS

  • Sustainability + The Environment
  • Tropical Ecology + Conservation

FALL 2020 UPDATED PROGRAM DATES

Application Deadline: June 1
Required Pre-Departure Online Courses: September 3-24 
On-site Program Dates: September 27 – December 19

Online orientation will take place during the three-week pre-predeparture program. Onsite orientation will take place during the first week on campus.

EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Sustainability + The Environment

  • Explore Monteverde protected areas in day trips, hikes, and tours.
  • Protected areas include: The Children's Eternal Rainforest, Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and others.
  • Meet local people and business owners to get a firsthand look at a range of environmental protection projects.
  • Discover local foods, legends, and customs when you spend time with life-long residents of this rural, mountain-top community.
  • Be mentored by a resident expert and help solve a local sustainability challenge.

Tropical Ecology + Conservation

  • Explore Monteverde’s biodiversity by day and by night, on hikes and tours, with deep forays into natural habitats of the region.
  • See how local coffee farms, livestock, and butterfly gardens add to Monteverde’s vibrant landscape.
  • Explore field techniques while in the heart of the cloud forest including sampling in treetops, using camera traps, and mist netting for bats and birds.
  • Practice your Spanish while volunteering at the tree nursery and fast-forward your language skills as you learn about native culture.
  • Spend a month conducting original field research under the mentorship of professional ecologists.
  • Put new technological and field skills into practice as you complete an independent research project.
  • Explore questions about altitudinal shifts in species distributions due to climate change or investigate how small-scale agricultural practices affect local biodiversity.
  • Previous students have executed research in areas such as animal behavior, species interactions, forest fragmentation, forest recovery, orchid diversity, and much more! Several recent research projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

HOUSING

  • No homestays will be offered.
  • Campus accommodations: students stay on campus in individual bungalows (en suite bathrooms), with wide porches and hammocks for comfy study (and snoozing!). Three simple, but hearty, meals a day are served in the dining hall, with vegan and veggie options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Campus amenities include recreational areas for sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, dancing, and yoga. There are miles of forest and garden trails for birdwatching, hiking, and “forest bathing”.
  • A cozy library doubles as a music room (piano and stringed instruments available). The Reception area and Rec Room are hang-out spots for a sunset or our weekly Latin dance classes.
  • This isolated enclave is an oasis of peace and serenity, allowing immersion in studies and nature.

Academic Information

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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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 online and, in the field, under the mentorship of US-trained, Costa Rican instructors. Students visit local farms, protected areas, businesses and other attractions for an insider’s view into the Costa Rica 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.

A three-week predeparture program will lay down the foundational framework and materials as well as establish the academic culture and expectations that will continue once students arrive on site.

COURSE INFORMATION

Program Credit
Total credit: 14 semester hours / 21 quarter hours

Course Credit

  • CIEE Biology/Environmental Studies courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits, 60 contact hours
  • CIEE Spanish language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits, 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 25 seminar hours, 110 placement hours

Requirements
Students must take 4 required courses including Spanish language and an Internship.

  • 2 CIEE Biology/Environmental Studies courses
  • 1 Spanish language course
  • 1 Internship

Language of Instruction
English and Spanish

FALL 2020 COURSES

Required Pre-Arrival Online Courses
Students in the Sustainability and the Environment Program are required to take four (4) courses, including Conservation and Sustainability Internship; Tropical Ecology and Conservation; Sustainability: Environment, Economy, and Society; and one Spanish Language class (level determined during a pre-course evaluation). For each of these courses, there is a required, three-week online portion delivered at the beginning of the semester prior to arrival on site.

On-site Courses
Students in the Sustainability and the Environment Program are required to take four (4) courses, listed below, which begin online prior to arrival and continue after arrival on-site.

  • INSH 3003 MTVE: Conservation and Sustainability Internship
  • BIOL 3001 MTVE: Tropical Conservation Biology and Policy 
  • ENVI 3001 MTVE: Sustainability: Environment, Economy, and Society 

Select one of the following:

  • SPAN 1001 MVCR: Spanish Language, Beginning I 
  • SPAN 2001 MVCR: Spanish Language, Intermediate I 
  • SPAN 3001 MVCR: Spanish Language, Advanced I 

TROPICAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

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This demanding program is designed for energetic, outdoorsy students who are committed to fully immersing in academics, nature, and local Monteverde culture. Tropical Ecology and Conservation is for students who are studying biology and related fields. Students learn about tropical ecology and conservation through rigorous work, including activities, day trips and an independent research project. Work is complemented with Spanish language study.

Courses are taught by biology professors from universities in Costa Rica and the United States who hold degrees in ecology and have extensive tropical experience. Guest lectures include resident and visiting biologists.

A three-week predeparture program will lay down the foundational framework and materials as well as establish the academic culture and expectations that will continue once students arrive on site.

COURSE INFORMATION

Program Credit
Total credit: 13 U.S. semester / 19.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE Biology and Ecology courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits and 60 contact hours per course, unless otherwise noted
  • CIEE Spanish language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Requirements
Students must take 4 required courses including Spanish language and an Independent Research Course.

  • 3 CIEE Biology/Ecology/Research courses
  • 1 Spanish language course

Language of Instruction
English and Spanish

FALL 2020 COURSES

Required Pre-Arrival Online Courses
Students in the Tropical Ecology and Conservation Program are required to begin four (4) online courses prior to arrival and continuing once on-site. These are Tropical Community Ecology; Independent Research in Biology/Ecology; Humans in the Tropics; and one Spanish Language class (level determined during a pre-course evaluation). For each of these courses, there is a required, three-week online portion delivered at the beginning of the semester prior to arrival on site.

On-site Courses
Students in the Tropical Ecology and Conservation Program are required to take four (4) courses, which begin online prior to arrival and continue after arrival on-site.

  • BIOL 3002 MVCR: Independent Research in Biology/Ecology
  • ECOL 3001 MVCR: Tropical Community Ecology
  • ECOL 3003 MVCR: Humans in the Tropics

Select one of the following:

  • SPAN 1001 MVCR: Spanish Language, Beginning I
  • SPAN 2001 MVCR: Spanish Language, Intermediate I
  • SPAN 3001 MVCR: Spanish Language, Advanced I

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