Program Information
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Winter 2012: Costa Rica UAPP
January 07, 2012 - January 22, 2012
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
09/01/2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM176 Graham Hall
09/07/2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM176 Graham Hall
09/09/2011 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM176 Graham Hall
09/12/2011 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM176 Graham Hall
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/18/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMPerkins Student Center - Ewing
10/19/2011 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMPerkins Student Center - Ewing
Program Notes
Prospective students:  Since this program is being designed as a component of a Spring Semester 2012 course, participants will not need to pay Winter Session tuition.

To access the online application, click here.

Program Description

Study sustainable development in Costa Rica; a magnificent country known for its natural beauty, strong democracy, peaceful culture and friendly people! This course will explore the principles of social and environmental sustainability under the context of Costa Rica’s democratic government, history and culture. This study abroad will be based in several locations were students will enjoy the opportunity to meet Costa Rican professors, students, and community leaders. The experiential learning component of this program involves interaction with the University of Costa Rica, governmental and non-profit institutions, field stations and national parks. This winter session program includes a variety of excursions to the capital, museums, and exuberant natural places. Most of the time students will reside in double rooms in hotels, with several meals provided. Meals not included will allow the student the flexibility to make their own choices and arrangements for social interactions with new and old friends on your personal time. Spanish as a second language is not required. The Winter Session in Costa Rica is your chance to learn about one of the most interesting countries of the world.

Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
SPECIAL NOTE:  This program is designed for graduate students and is a component of the UAPP 667 course scheduled for Spring Semester 2012.  Participants will be enrolled in the 0-credit UNIV course for Winter Session.
UAPP 667-070: Sustainable Development in Costa Rica (3 credits)
Taught by Professor Maria Aristigueta.

Sustainable Development in Costa Rica will explore the principles of social and environmental sustainable development; including, its history, culture, long-standing democracy and its nonprofit and governmental institutions. The field component of this course is hosted by the University of Costa Rica (School of Public Administration) and the Neotropica Foundation (nonprofit institution dedicated to natural resources conservation, education and community development).
Restrictions: Undergraduate participants must register for the crosslisted UAPP 467 course.
UNIV 370-033: Study Abroad - Costa Rica UAPP (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged as acceptances may be made on a rolling basis and the program may fill before the application deadline.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including a deposit and at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $(TBD).
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $300.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Program Fee$2,670.00$2,670.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$2,670.00$2,670.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
All payments and application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program ApplicationOctober 21, 2011
$300.00 DepositSeptember 25, 2011
$1,500.00 DepositOctober 15, 2011
Final Program Fee BalanceNovember 05, 2011
Maria Aristigueta
Faculty Director
188 Graham Hall
Lorelly Solano
Faculty Director
188 D Graham Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.