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  • Locations: Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.8
Housing Option: Cabin Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Environment and Natural Resources, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, International Studies, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Research
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:

SFS COSTA RICA: FUNDAMENTALS OF SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH (SUMMER II)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Spend your summer in Costa Rica, investigating issues of biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Build your field research skills while exploring the country’s extensive network of national parks and protected areas. Hone in on a sustainability-related topic through an extensive field research project – design your research question, collect data, and present your results to your peers and key community stakeholders.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:
  • Explore national parks in the Central Pacific lowlands, where lush rainforests, white sandy beaches, and mischievous primates attract multitudes of visitors – as well as a host of conservation challenges.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Sustainable Development Studies. The Center is an active organic farm overlooking the vibrant Central Valley, where green is the predominant color as far as the eye can see. Dorms and classrooms intermingle with orchards and gardens, while Center dog Hera keeps watch over it all. The friendly town of Atenas is a 10-minute cab ride away, offering restaurants, shops, parks, and cultural events.
 

SUMMER COMBINED

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session


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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
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Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 



Program

Ohio State works in cooperation with the School for Field Studies, the oldest and largest educational institution in the United States exclusively dedicated to teaching and engaging undergraduates in environmental problem solving. SFS programs teach resource management, ecological and economic concepts using an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach. Critical issues addressed by SFS teams include preserving entire ecosystems or individual species, balancing economic development and conservation and finding ways to manage and maintain wildlife, marine and agricultural resources. Faculty lectures and readings provide the theoretical information while field work and practical, interdisciplinary activities enable hands-on experience. The 30-day summer course concentrates on one general lecture-format class. The semester course covers four classes. Each program includes a field research component during which students design and conduct a field project related to a current issue in the community being studied.

Locations

All programs are held in La Presa, Costa Rica.

Accommodations

Students will stay at the Costa Rica Center for Sustainable Development Studies. Please see fieldstudies.org for more specific details on the accommodations.

Ohio State Program Contact

Rebecca McMunn
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.
mcmunn.8@osu.edu 

Courses and Credits 

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Semester courses will offer 15-20 credits, while 30-day programs typically offer six credit hours. 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet the SFS program-specific eligibility requirements and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. SFS application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  
 

Passports

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.


Program Costs

Students will pay the SFS program fee and HTH International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The SFS program fee includes tuition, housing and on-site orientation. Airfare, books and supplies, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
 

Scholarships

Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
 

Information Sessions 

TBD


Notices

Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.

U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
 
 
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 07/06/2020 08/05/2020

** 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.