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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
  • Please follow the application instructions in the brochure below.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Experience sustainable, ecologically-based fruit and vegetable industry in Costa Rica.


San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Jaco Beach, Costa Rica


7 March, 2019 to 16 March, 2019


March 7 - Depart St. Louis Airport and arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica/ overnight San Jose
March 8 – Banana Plantation tour in Sarapiqui, Stop Braulio Carrillo National Park, History with visit to National Craft Market - night in San Jose (Home stay program)
March 9 – Feria del Agricultor San Jose, Trip to Irazu Volcano, Lankester Bontanical Garden- Cartago - night San Jose (Home stay program)
March 10 – Rosa Blanca Coffee activities, Night Tour Wildlife Refuge (Home stay program)
March 11 – Sugar Cane Mill, Coffee and Chocolate tour, Monteverde Butterfly garden tour, visit CASEM (Womens artisan center)
March 12 – Hanging Bridges tour & Orchid Garden tour
March 13 – La Fortuna Waterfall visit ( spend hour at waterfall), Baldie Hot springs visit
March 14 – Rainforest Chocolate Tour, La Fortuna 1968 Volcano Trail Hike, Culture Tour
March 15 - Travel to Jaco Beach - overnight Jaco Beach
March 16 - Transportation to airport, fly to St. Louis


CSEM 408 – 3 credits (World Crop Production)


Any enrolled undergraduate SIUC student. GPA of 2.5 or instructor consent.
Need minimum 10 students to go, maximum of 12 students. 

Educational Objectives

Experience Sustainable, Ecologically-Based Fruit and Vegetable Industry in Costa Rica

Faculty and Contact Information

Dr. Alan Walters, Professor of Vegetable Science, College of Agricultural Sciences


Number of Participants 


Program Charge

Total Cost: $3,000 - $3,500 (subject to change based on airfare)
Cost includes:

  • Flights

  • Accommodations

  • Most Meals

  • Transportation to excursions and activities

Other Costs-What is not Included:

Payment Plan

Installment 1 - $150 Non-refundable deposit is due with application
Installment 2 - $1,000 Due December 1, 2018
Installment 3 - $1,850 Balance of Program Charge Due January 15, 2019

Installments must be made by check or money order made payable to SIUC at the Study Abroad Office located in Woody Hall.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for SIU Carbondale students and requires full-time registration and other conditions.  You should consult with the Financial Aid Office to get an estimate of what you might have available.  Programs that take place after the end of the Fall Semester/commencement are considered as Spring Semester Programs.  Programs that take place after the end of the Spring Semester/commencement are considered Fall Semester Programs.

Study abroad has scholarships that are available for SIU undergraduate students.  You can apply for those here “Salukis Abroad Scholarship”.



For the first 3 nights, students will participate in the Universidad Veritas Costa Rican Home stay program; all other housing will be in hotels at other study abroad trip destinations 


 Transportation will be provided to and from the St. Louis, Mo airport, and all transport in Costa Rica will also be provided

Application Deadline and Procedure

Applications are due by November 1, although earlier application is advised. We cannot guarantee that spaces will still be available by this time.

To apply, simply click on the Apply Now button in the top section of the program information. A $150 deposit is due upon application, $50 of which is not refundable. This $150 is included in the program charge. The deposit will need to be paid by check or money order at the Study Abroad Office in Woody Hall once you have submitted your application online.

Please contact Study Abroad Programs,  or 618-453-7670 for assistance.


Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policies apply to all programs with the exceptions noted:
90+ days before departure: $50 application charge plus any non-refundable charges
60+ days before departure: $100 plus any non-refundable charges
30+ days before departure: $150 plus any non-refundable charges
Up to day of departure: $200 plus any non-refundable charges
After departure: no refunds

Specific programs may have a different cancellation timetable which overrides the standard policy.

Programs, whether SIU Global Seminars or affiliated study abroad providers, may require an additional non-refundable payment. That should be listed in their program information and is considered as part of the non-refundable charges. Other non-refundable items include (but are not restricted to) such items as airline tickets, hotel deposits and similar items. Generally speaking, we can only refund what we can recover. All program rate are subject to change based on unavoidable cost changes.


Withdraw Policy

Please contact us immediately if you are unable to participate in a program. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify Study Abroad Programs and the instructor about withdrawals. This must be done in writing--e-mail is acceptable--as well as withdrawing through MyStudyAbroad. You will be considered as a continuing participant until you notify us. If you need to withdraw, it is in your best interests to withdraw as soon as possible and to verify that we have received your written notice.



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