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SUMMER 2019 PROGRAMS ARE CLOSED. SUMMER 2020 PROGRAMS WILL OPEN ON OCTOBER 2ND.
TROPICAL BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY
Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world and has made a commitment to live with that biodiversity through sustainability initiatives and conservation of natural resources. This Maymester study abroad provides opportunities to be immersed in a country that seeks to balance environmental protection within a cultural and economic context.
Nature and Biodiversity in Costa Rica: Operating on almost 100% renewable energy, Costa Rica has become a model for sustainability and aims to be the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2020. Students will explore ecotourism, fair trade, sustainable farming practices, and renewable energy. Costa Rica has implemented progressive efforts to protect one quarter of its landmass and restore tropical forests. While exploring different types of tropical forests, students will see amazing plants and wildlife, including orchids, heliconias, coffee and banana trees, monkeys, lizards, birds, coatis, snakes, butterflies, and bats.
Nature and Culture in Costa Rica: Traditional Costa Rican food, a cooking session, overnight homestays with local Costa Rican families, riverboat and yacht expeditions, beautiful sunsets, and a variety of nature and culture tours will provide opportunities to enjoy the “pura vida” life.
These Belmont courses will be conducted primarily at the University of Georgia’s Costa Rica (UGACR) campus in San Luis de Monteverde in Puntarenas province, with shorter stays at La Selva Biological Station in Heredia province and Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. The program will be led by Belmont faculty Dr. Darlene Panvini and Dr. John Niedzwiecki. Students in both courses will attend all activities and tours together.
For more information on this program, you may attend one of the informational sessions on either Wednesday, October 24 or Friday, November 16. Both sessions will take place in JAAC 3081 from 10:00-10:50 am.
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Costa Rica. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
- Guided natural history hikes of cloud forests, a rain forest and a dry forest.
- Visits to Monteverde Rainforest Preserve, Palo Verde National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and a Pacific beach.
- Workshops on Birds/Insects/Plants/Mammals of Costa Rica. Talk by internationally recognized expert on amphibian decline in Costa Rica.
- “Fair trade” coffee production talks by Costa Rican professionals. Tours of the sustainability operations of UGACR Campus, San Luis Coffee farm, sustainable farming in the tropics and Cabure Chocolate Factory.
- Overnight stays with a Costa Rican family.
- Snorkeling at Playa Hermosa.
- Riverboat tour of the Tempisque River
- Tours of the sustainability operations of UGACR Campus.
- Traditional Costa Rican cooking lesson.
- Cabure Chocolate Factory tour and dinner.
- Sustainable farming in the tropics.
- BIO 3950/ HON 2310: Biodiversity of Tropical Ecosystems: 4 Credits, Lab Science
- ENV 3950/HON 2310 : Tropical Conservation and Sustainability: 4 Credits, Lab Science
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
1. Program Fee: $3,500:
This fee will include airfare to and from Nashville, most meals, admission fees, field trip/event fees, and in-country transportation.
Costs not covered by the program fee include:
2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance
Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
How to Apply
- Spring Break Programs: November 15
- Maymester Programs: February 1
- Summer Programs: February 15
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in.
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.
Dr. Darlene Panvini
Department of Biology
email@example.com • JAAC 3007
Dr. John Niedzwiecki
Department of Biology
firstname.lastname@example.org • JAAC 3004