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The School for Field Studies - Applied Research Techniques and Strategies Toward Sustainability
Atenas, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
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Lang. of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.6
Housing: Residence Hall Program Type: Off-Campus Study
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Sciences, Tourism, Zoology
Program Description:



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APPLIED RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
& STRATEGIES TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY,
COSTA RICA


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

Students learn about the ecological, natural resource management, and socioeconomic factors impacting protected areas and surrounding communities and farms in Costa Rica. Field exercises, research projects, and lectures introduce students to models of conservation, biodiversity protection, and development of Costa Rica's national parks, within the context of the Costa Rican cultural application of conservation ecology.

In this research-intensive program, students develop relevant research questions that address local issues related to sustainability.
  • Hike the oak forest and páramo ecosystems of the highlands of Cerro de La Muerte
  • Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and evaluate the consequences of increased tourism in an effort to inform park managers about opportunities to foster better relationships with surrounding communities
  • Learn to implement the scientific research process while contributing to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA