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Program Overview

Program Overview

The CIEE short-term program in Sustainability and the Environment offers students a unique opportunity to live on the edge of the world famous Monteverde cloud forest and explore sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, and ecological engineering in Costa Rica. There is no better setting to study these topics than in the little country with the big reputation for protecting natural capital, harnessing renewable energies, and creating secure food systems in ways that grow the economy. Costa Rica has so much to teach the world! As a student in one or more of the three summer sessions, you will:

  • 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
  • Take excursions to national parks, volcanoes, farms, island communities, power plants and more
  • Apply principles of sustainability to real-life systems
  • Learn by getting your hands dirty
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

During your time in Costa Rica, you’ll explore the vibrant biodiversity of Monteverde cloud forests by day and by night. 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. And learn directly from visits to working organic farms and wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower producers.

Homestay

Live with a carefully selected local family on the edge of the world-famous cloud forests of Monteverde. Adapt to life in simple rural home without a lot of material goods but full of Latin warmth. You’ll broaden your language skills, cultural literacy, and comfort zone.

CIEE Study Center

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.

Community Engagement

Get inside access to local decision-makers, business owners, leaders, and activists for interviews, conversations, panel discussions, and hands-on training in sustainability practices. You’ll help design, manage, or teach about nature reserves, waste management, water conservation, integrated conservation, and economic development projects.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, national park entry fees, scientific equipment, local transportation, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,543
Housing ***
$640
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$100
International Airfare *
$600
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, national park entry fees, scientific equipment, local transportation, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,603
Housing ***
$1,280
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$200
International Airfare *
$600
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Sessions I, II and III 2017 (12 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017
$12,050

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, national park entry fees, scientific equipment, local transportation, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,663
Housing ***
$1,920
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$300
International Airfare *
$600
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$1,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, national park entry fees, scientific equipment, local transportation, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,543
Housing ***
$640
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$100
International Airfare *
$600
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session II and III 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, national park entry fees, scientific equipment, local transportation, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,603
Housing ***
$1,280
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$200
International Airfare *
$600
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$200
Personal expenses
$800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
05/01/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, national park entry fees, scientific equipment, local transportation, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,543
Housing ***
$640
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$100
International Airfare *
$600
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 2 college-level courses in the natural sciences, environmental studies, sustainability, or agriculture
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session. Students may also enroll in the optional Communicative Spanish Language class during any one session for an additional 15 contact hours and 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students enroll in one STEM course (45 contact hours / 3 semester credits) per session, which is taught by CIEE faculty, and can also enroll in the optional Communicative Spanish Language course, which is taught by faculty at the Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI) language institute.

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). For each session, students are expected to attend all classes, all daylong activities and outings, and one overnight excursion within the country per session.

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About the City

About The City

Monteverde is a small, international community, nestled along the edge of the cloud forest in the Tilarán Mountains, perhaps best known for the famed Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. This portal to a lush haven of biodiversity attracts some 200,000+ visitors to the region each year. Drawn to the area’s spectacular beauty and opportunities to see Quetzals and monkeys, tourists now contribute the principal revenues to the zone, although 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. Recent opportunities for economic development, possibly at the expense of nature and peacefulness, have ignited heated debates among a highly engaged, informed, and active community.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Hector Castaneda

Instructor

Hector Castaneda has a degree in Tropical Forestry from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. He earned an MS in Tropical Conservation and Development as well as his PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. His experience includes ethnoecology, remote sensing for forest cover monitoring, GIS analysis of land cover change, environmental entrepeneurship and forest restoration. Hector has worked as Adjunct Faculty for Duke University, Technical adviser for the REDD-CCAD/GIZ program for Central America, and as Environmental GIS consultant for IUCN and other international organizations. He is an instructor for the Sustainability and Environment Program.

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Juliana Coghi

Bookkeeper and Office Manager

Juliana is from San Jose, Costa Rica. She has lived in Monteverde for over 15 years. Juliana has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Costa Rica and currently is finishing a graduate degree in Business Management. Besides being a native Spanish speaker, she also speaks English and Portuguese. She started working with the administrative team at CIEE-Monteverde in 2014.

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Hazel Guindon

Administrative Assistant

Hazel Guindon was born and raised in Monteverde. She has a B.A. in Art and Visual Communication from the National University of Costa Rica (UNA) and also has studied elementary school education in The National Distance University (UNED). She started working with CIEE-Monteverde in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant.

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Karen Masters

Resident Director

Karen Masters has a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She has been directing and teaching for the Sustainability and Environment Program since its inception in 2009. Her research is on the effects of climate change for cloud forest ecology. More recently, she has been involved with climate-smart conservation and agriculture.

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Priscilla Palavicini

Instructor and Coordinator

Priscilla Palavicini is from Costa Rica’s capital city, San José. She earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Costa Rica and a M.S. in Environmental Leadership & Management from the UNESCO Costa Rican University for International Cooperation. She has worked with CIEE-Monteverde in different capacities since 2010, but is currently the High School Coordinator and Instructor.

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Adam Stein

Ecology Instructor

Adam C. Stein earned his PhD from Syracuse University. Hi is a tropical conservation biologist whose research interests focus on bird behavior and ecology in avian communities found in rain forests of Costa Rica and Panama. He is an instructor for the Sustainability and Environment Semester Program as well as for the Tropical Ecology and Conservation Summer Program. In his role as instructor, Adam teaches Tropical Conservation Biology and Policy, Tropical Diversity, and he advises independent research and internships.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center in Cerro Plano de Monteverde is located within easy walking distance of the center of Monteverde and Santa Elena, where students reside with host families and can shop and dine out. You can also walk easily to Centro Panamericano de Idiomas where you’ll take Communicative Spanish Language. The CIEE Study Center provides classrooms, computer and library facilities, and indoor and outdoor common areas. The center is solar powered and sustainable, featuring composting, native landscaping, an organic Heritage garden, and up-cycled treasures from our recycling center.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing, all meals, and transportation are included in the program fees. During excursions, orientation, and departure, students and staff stay in simple hotels and lodges. While at our base in Monteverde, students live with Costa Rican families. Host families have been carefully selected, are experienced with CIEE students, and are generally 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 are provided with breakfast, a sack lunch, and dinner and have a private room, access to a shared (family) bathroom, a key for the house, and laundry service. Host families can generally accommodate diet requirements and restrictions, such as vegetarianism or veganism. More specialized or restricted diets might be possible as well.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Monteverde even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Resident Director Karen Masters and Student Services and Logistics Coordinator Priscilla Palavicini will meet with you online and share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni feel are important, and giving you time for questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn others’ goals. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A two-day, mandatory orientation session, conducted in the Central Valley at the beginning of the session, introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program. It provides critical practical information about living in Costa Rica (particularly Monteverde), and provides guidelines about living with Costa Rican homestay families. It includes both structured activities and independent sightseeing. You'll learn about the program, the trips planned, the calendar, and expectations. You'll also receive readers and other course materials at this time.

Upon arrival in Monteverde, you'll take walking tours with teaching staff to see the town and natural areas. You’ll also get an in-depth orientation to the CIEE Study Center and the Centro Panamericano de Idiomas. Before overnight excursions, you’ll prepare with lectures and readings and be provided with a detailed packet of information, including itinerary, map, packing list, etc.

In preparation for the end of the session and students' departure, students and staff have an open discussion in which they anticipate upcoming change and possible reverse culture shock. They consider how their lives have changed and how these changes make them better suited for handling the transition.

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Internet

Internet

At both the CIEE Study Center and our partner language school, the Centro Panamericano de Idiomas, there is wireless internet available for students to use on their own laptops or mobile devices. The Internet service at the CIEE Study Center and CPI is relatively high speed (3 Mbps bandwidth) but there are frequent outages and/or delays. Generally, host families do not have wireless Internet in their homes. There are cafés and bars in Santa Elena and Cerro Plano that offer Wi-Fi for free or a nominal purchase (like a cup of coffee).

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Culture

Culture

You will interact with a broad spectrum of Costa Rican society, including residents and business people of rural towns and the capital city. You'll visit indigenous communities, such as the Boruca of the Talamanca foothills, residents of island communities, and professionals from diverse sectors. You'll get to know local subsistence farmers trying to protect forest patches, business people striving for sustainable socioeconomic development, impassioned conservationists laboring for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem welfare, and women asserting themselves against a backdrop of machismo. No two individuals or situations or habitats will be alike, but in the diversity you will begin to understand Costa Rica and the complexity of sustainability and conservation.

This integrated series of sessions gives you a chance to see economic development projects from an insider’s vantage point, whether that insider is a conservationist, business person, farmer, politician, engineer, etc. These projects include power plants for “green energy” export, which create their own set of negative externalities. You'll visit integrated conservation and development projects aimed at the protection of fisheries and mangroves as well as job creation. And you will learn how shared resources can be successfully, and unsuccessfully, managed.

Along the way, each session offers opportunities to experience nature firsthand, marvel at wildlife, and learn the natural history of the tropical flora and fauna that conservationists fight to save. Very importantly, you will be exposed to conservation strategies, resource management practices, and the people behind these initiatives.

Cultural diversity is highlighted throughout. The Spanish language and homestay program includes family events, including some held at the Study Center, designed to expose students to the culture of Costa Rica. You will visit important cultural sites during orientation, participate in a local holiday, cook a meal of Costa Rican food, and attend community functions. Field trip destinations include remote and unique communities, where you'll hear other dialects or different languages, as well as have exposure to local food, legends, beliefs, and customs.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

The Summer Sustainability and Environment program is an intensive introduction to pressing environmental sustainability issues facing many tropical, developing nations today. The schedule is very structured and full. You are held to high standards of academic and personal conduct. 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.

Nature of Classes

Classes are typically scheduled for Monday through Saturday. You should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. Courses are taught through the use of lectures, readings, field visits, interviews, surveys, group discussions, debates, and projects that culminate in deliverable products.

Grading System

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

Language of Instruction

STEM courses are taught in English and the Communicative Spanish Language course is taught in Spanish.

Faculty

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

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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

Session I

SPAN 0001 MVCR

Sustainable Development for the Tropics

This course critically assesses the “triple bottom line”, i.e., the balance of the environment, economy and society, in theory and practice, through its exploration of contemporary development issues for tropical developing nations in general, and Costa Rica in particular. The focus is on sectors of economic development where there is a strong interface between the environment, society and economic activities. The principal systems explored are agriculture, energy and international tourism, all critically important to the nation’s economy, as well as to its natural capital, which is ostensibly protected by progressive environmental practice and policy. Under pressures to grow the economy and globalize, the triple bottom line hangs in the balance. Students travel to innovative locations to hear from experts and insiders as they gain firsthand insight into tensions and trade-offs as well as possible directions toward a sustainable future (45 contact hours / 3 credits).

SPAN 0001 MVCR

Communicative Spanish Language

Communicative Spanish Language is an elective course. It is designed to facilitate a foundation in oral and written comprehension and expression, even for those with no foreign language background, with an emphasis on Costa Rican manners of speech and idioms. Teaching methods are based on ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and MCER (Marco común europeo de referencia para las lenguas: aprendizaje, enseñanza y evaluación). Methods promote self-guided learning in a constructive and collaborative context that aid students in acquiring basic communication skills while also providing a foundation for independent advancement. The course content establishes a basis for students to communicate simply but effectively in academic, personal and public contexts that are highly relevant to the context of the homestay and study program in Monteverde. Contact Hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

Session II

CONS 3002 MTVE

Conservation Biology and Policy for the Tropics

This course critically explores principal drivers behind loss of biodiversity in tropical ecosystems, and what can be done in Costa Rica to slow or reverse it. Armed with the scientific foundation of biodiversity conservation plus firsthand knowledge of Costa Rica’s natural capital and wealth of ecosystem services, students empirically examine processes threatening the environment, specifically: habitat loss, climate change and overexploitation. They investigate high-profile governmental programs and key legislation and critique their efficacy in biodiversity protection. With an enhanced understanding of the principles of tropical conservation and how they are implemented, students critique and generate imaginative solutions for how conservation practices can evolve more quickly and effectively toward the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the future. (45 contact hours / 3 credits)

SPAN 0001 MVCR

Communicative Spanish Language

Communicative Spanish Language is an elective course. It is designed to facilitate a foundation in oral and written comprehension and expression, even for those with no foreign language background, with an emphasis on Costa Rican manners of speech and idioms. Teaching methods are based on ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and MCER (Marco común europeo de referencia para las lenguas: aprendizaje, enseñanza y evaluación). Methods promote self-guided learning in a constructive and collaborative context that aid students in acquiring basic communication skills while also providing a foundation for independent advancement. The course content establishes a basis for students to communicate simply but effectively in academic, personal and public contexts that are highly relevant to the context of the homestay and study program in Monteverde. Contact Hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

Session III

ENGI 3001 MTVE

Environmental Engineering for the Tropics

This course presents key engineered systems that interface directly with the environment and strongly impact the natural, human and social capital of tropical developing nations in general and Costa Rica in particular. These include electricity production, solid waste and wastewater management and agriculture. Students will explore solid waste systems and treatment in urban and rural settings and will learn about conventional and alternative wastewater treatment in terms of design, operation, cost and impacts on water quality and aquatic life. Four common renewable energies (hydropower, geothermal, wind, and solar power) will be investigated in terms of resource extraction, conversion, end-use technologies, distribution, levelized costs and environmental impacts. Students will contrast conventional and alternative engineered systems for water and nutrient input and output in crop production. Through hands-on design and construction projects, students will learn about sustainable alternatives for these systems (45 contact hours / 3 credits).

SPAN 0001 MVCR

Communicative Spanish Language

Communicative Spanish Language is an elective course. It is designed to facilitate a foundation in oral and written comprehension and expression, even for those with no foreign language background, with an emphasis on Costa Rican manners of speech and idioms. Teaching methods are based on ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and MCER (Marco común europeo de referencia para las lenguas: aprendizaje, enseñanza y evaluación). Methods promote self-guided learning in a constructive and collaborative context that aid students in acquiring basic communication skills while also providing a foundation for independent advancement. The course content establishes a basis for students to communicate simply but effectively in academic, personal and public contexts that are highly relevant to the context of the homestay and study program in Monteverde. Contact Hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

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