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  • Locations: Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Agricultural Systems, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography and Environmental Resources, Geology, Independent Study*, Liberal Arts*, Linguistics, Marine Science*, Plant Biology, Science*, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment, Family Stay Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2-Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Type of Experience: *Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct/Program Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer
Click here for a definition of this term Applicants: SIUC Students Only Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: CIEE
Program Description:

Monteverde
CIEE Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Monteverde, Costa Rica
You’re in for the ecological education of a lifetime. Take courses and do research in a spectacular cloud forest 4,600 feet above sea level in Monteverde at CIEE’s Study Center. You’ll come to understand the practical biological problems associated with agricultural development, ecotourism, and grassroots conservation efforts in developing countries.

Through rigorous coursework, and unique field opportunities including two extensive field trips throughout Costa Rica’s varied ecosystems, and the Panamanian coast, studying abroad in Monteverde, acquaints you with practical biological problems associated with agricultural development, eco-tourism, and grassroots conservation efforts in developing countries.

Study abroad in Costa Rica and you will:
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  • Gain hands-on experience through an independent research project
  • Participate in two 2.5 week field trips, including a trip to Panama to observe marine diversity in the coral reefs off the Bocas del Toro Islands
  • Live in a biological station surrounded by the Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Get to known rural Costa Rica during a one-month homestay with a local family
  • Study Spanish at nine different levels with no more than four students per instructor
Find out more.

Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare.