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  • Locations: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/09/2018
Rolling Admission 05/23/2018 05/31/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Biology (BIO), Geography (GRY), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Other Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: CNAS
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:
Costa Rica Leatherback 2018


Study Away: Costa Rica, participants will be in contact with the environmental, scientific, and cultural characteristics of the region. During the rainforest visit, students will have the opportunity to learn about the ecology, environmental threats of the tropical regions, importance of water quality assessments, and agricultural sustainability. While visiting the Caribbean coast visit participants will learn about the ecology of the leatherback sea turtle (endangered species). Students will experience more than 15 hours of service learning while patrolling the beach monitoring sea turtle nesting activity. Participants will understand better the population trends and the anthropological impacts in marine environments. All data collected during these patrols will be used by researchers to improve leatherback conservation efforts in this region and around the world.

Check out our homepage to see past program participants and what they did on the program!

Program Fee:

  • $2,995 of the program fee will be paid directly to EPI, subject to EPI's payment deadlines.
  • October 31 - Complete MSU and EPI online application.  Submit enrollment deposit of $250 to EPI.
  • December 26 - Submit paperwork and tuition deposit of $750 to EPI
  • February 28- Final payment deadline to MSU
  • March 26- Final payment deadline to EPI
Program Fee Includes:
  • Airfare
  • EPI Program Costs
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
  • All Meals
  • Traveler's Insurance
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
    • MSU West Plains students will be subject to West Plains tuition rates
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered
  • IDS 297 (Gen Ed – Public Affairs)*
  • BIO 197
  • BIO 597
  • GRY 197*
*Courses for Missouri State Springfield students only

Maximum Credit Hours: 6

This is an unplugged program from digital technology and students have to be ready to walk long distances.

Ana Estrella-Riollano


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
May 11 Informational Meeting for Springfield Students
May 16 Informational Meeting for West Plains Students
Program Itinerary   
May 23 Depart Springfield for San Jose, Costa Rica
May 24-25 Rainforest Ecology at Tirimbina or La Suerte Biological Station
May 26 Cultural exchange and agricultural sustainability at Earth University
May 27-28 Leatherback sea turtle ecology in Pacuare Natural Reserve
May 29 Mountain lodge at Turrialba
May 30 Adventure in rainforest at Pacuare River
May 31 Depart from San Jose
Post-Program Meetings Topic

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.

This program is currently not accepting applications.