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  • Locations: Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2019 01/12/2019

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Spanish (SPN)
Minimum Required GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: Yes
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: COAL
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Fall
Program Description:
Costa Rica coffee


Immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica through service and learning! Focus on your personal passions and skills while connecting with the local community over a cup of coffee. On this program, students will serve alongside coffee farmers in the mountainous Central Highlands of Costa Rica and learn about sustainability- both in coffee and in community. 

Program Fee: $1,870

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
  • All Meals
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) 
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Alex Johnson
Community Involvement & Service


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
November 1 Cultural  Discussion 
November 5 Service Discussion 
November 8 Travel Discussion 
Program Itinerary   
January 6 Program participants will depart Springfield, MO for San Jose, the capitol city of Costa Rica. Upon arrival, they will become acquainted with local customs and enjoy dinner with a host family. 
January 7 Program participants will explore San Jose, and then travel by bus to Monteverde, where they will be greeted by their host family at the coffee farm. 
January 8 Program participants will begin service projects with local coffee farmers, including various aspects of the coffee production. After service, participants will explore the nearby town and discuss community change. 
January 9 Participants will continue serving alongside coffee farmers. The group will also learn about sustainable practices from local leaders. 
January 10 Participants will continue service alongside coffee farmers. The group will also tour local non-profit agencies and compare community development techniques.
January 11 Program participants will travel by bus to San Jose and meet with theri host family for lunch. The group will then explore the historical and cultural aspects of the city, including the local university.
January 12 The group will depart San Jose for Springfield, MO and begin to connect personal passions and skills to their local community through a post-trip project. 
Post-Program Meetings Topic
January 24 Debrief and Reflection 
February 7 Finalizing Post- Trip Projects 

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.