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  • Locations: Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Honors College (UHC), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Spanish (SPN)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Homestay Language Courses Offered: Yes
Internship or Service Learning: Service Learning College Designation: CNAS
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Fall
Program Description:
Costa Rica


Through this international service-learning program, students will see and be a part of the impact made by eco-friendly efforts.  Students will immerse themselves in the culture of Costa Rica and its award-winning eco-agriculture techniques – where biodiversity conservation, food production, and poverty alleviation are all high priorities.  This experience will serve as a foundation for students who wish to become more deeply involved in community and environmental health.

Program Fee: $1,850

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
  • Medical Insurance
  • IVHQ registration/participation fee
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • 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 (3)
  • SPN 297 (3) 
  • UHC 350 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Alex Johnson
Community Involvement & Service


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Informational Meeting
TBD Active Citizen Continuum
TBD Social Change and Eco Agriculture
TBD Final Meeting
Program Itinerary   
January 7 Depart St. Louis for Costa Rica
January 8 Travel from San Jose to Monteverde
January 9-11 Volunteer work at the coffee farm/ reflection
January 12 Travel to San Jose
January 13 Travel from San Jose to St. Louis
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Coffee & Change

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.