Locations:Heredia, Costa Rica;Limon, Costa Rica;San Jose, Costa Rica
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
** 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.
The purpose of this program is to investigate and learn more about the role of tourism in enhancing sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods in Costa Rica in multiple ecotourism sites. Students will explore and be exposed to the life and sociocultural aspects of the local people at the sites they will visit. Participants will also participate in community conservation effort at Monteverde Cloud Forest and volunteer at community-based projects including agricultural project and a local private school. The chosen sites depend heavily on tourism dollars and the local community is fully immersed in running the tourism sector through direct employment, provision of resources needed by tourists, and conservation of natural resources.
Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
REC 495 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3
Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
Depart Springfield by bus early in Saturday morning to Dallas Ft Worth (DFW) airport; depart DFW for Costa Rica; arrive San Jose, Costa Rica, meet Partners and transfer to Monteverde; check-in at La Casona Lodge; first dinner and meeting in Costa Rica at Tramonti Restaurant.
Hike Monteverde Cloud Forest, visit and volunteer at Monteverde Friends School, canopy walk, and participate in bat netting expedition with Dr. Laval.
Visit Santa Elena township and tour a coffee farm where we will participate in picking coffee beans and a lecture with a local farmer.
Transfer to Arenal and check in at Los Lagos Hotel, located near an active volcano! Afternoon activities include mammal and frog hikes at
Arenal National Park.
Transfer to La Quinta La Sarapiqui and take a morning harvest ant tour. Participate in a guided private tour at La Selva Biological Station. Evening
visit to local fruit farm.
Transfer to Tortuguero National Park, a wilderness area, for a 2-night stay at Mawamba Lodge. Afternoon boat tour of the park.
Morning walking guided nature/Amphibian tour at Mawamba. Boat tour and journaling in the afternoon.
Transfer to San Jose and check in at El Sesteo B&B. Last dinner together.
Check out of El Sesteo, transfer to the airport and depart for the United States. Connect from Dallas/Ft Worth by bus to Springfield MO.
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.