Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Environment and Sustainability

2019 registration is CLOSED!

Registration remains open until programs are full — Mondays – Fridays from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

VERY IMPORTANT : READ NEW GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Costa Rica is determined to become the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021. Students on this winter break trip will focus on the country’s initiatives in social responsibility, “green” development, biodiversity, ecotourism, indigenous community, and the fight against global warming. They will explore everything from ant farms to rainforest medicines, from volcanoes to snorkeling, from exotic birds to gulch-spanning ziplines, from crocodiles to frog ponds.  In El Copal, La Fortuna and Chira Island we will be living with and working hand-in-hand giving our service to local entrepreneurs and farmers in the initial stages of developing small-scale sustainable tourism enterprises and coffee plantations.

Make an educated decision! Check the March 22 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the Japan and Costa Rica programs, HERE!

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $1,300 + airfare ($350 to $500)

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Accommodations
– Most meals
– Local Transportation
– Group visits, activities
– Museums, etc.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare
– $350 Honors College administrative fee
– $175 Office of Study Abroad fee
– FIU tuition
– Passport, and other necessary documents
– Vaccinations if needed
– Personal expenses

WHEN WILL YOU TAKE THE PRE-TRIP CLASS?
This Fall semester: Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:45pm at MMC

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
This Winter Break: Dec 8, 2018 – Dec 23, 2018

WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
Sustainability, culture, and biodiversity. The impact of economic, environmental, and social issues related to tourism and general business practices.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Activities: maintaining forest reserve and hiking trails, working on cooperative farms, harvesting crops, visiting and talking with members of indigenous tribes and assisting local people in launching sustainable tourist facilities. Also, you will explore the rich and diverse ecological landscape through boat rides, bird watching, nature walks, snorkeling, swimming and zip-lining.

You will also perform approximately 30 hours of service work in a rural community field stations and on cooperative farms where families live and work together for a common cause.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Indigenous traditions, community tourism, conservation, sustainable medicinal plants, unique ecosystems, the cooperative model and its social/economic impact.

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Destinations: Sarapiquí: Pozo Azul Rainforest Reserve, CoopeSarapiquí Coffee Tour; La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Observatory, Los Laureles Hotsprings, Tenorio National Park, La Fortuna Waterfall; Monteverde: Cloud Forest Reserve and Field Station; Central Pacific: Tárcoles river, Marino Ballena National Park, Uvita Beach; San Gerardo de Dota: Los Quetzales National Park; Turrialba: El Copal Biological Reserve; Cartago: Chira Island; San José de Costa Rica…

WHO WILL BE INTERESTED?
Great for students with interests in environmental studies, biodiversity, economics, ecology, anthropology, sociology, agriculture, business, tourism, medicine, pharmacology, religious studies, engineering, biology… There is something for everyone!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a fall course component (3 credits.) Classes start this fall. The trip is during fall mini term (winter break) (3 credits.) These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

How do we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis! NEW GUIDELINES!!!

Follow these instructions:

  1. Get clearance to do the program from one of our Honors Academic Advisors. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (brenluna@fiu.edu) or Patric Hambleton (phamblet@fiu.edu.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (gdelena@fiu.edu.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
  2. Bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice. It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program
  3. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract
  4. Apply online at abroad.fiu.edu
  5. The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $175 administrative fee. It will be added to your second payment
  6. In order to keep your good standing with the program, comply with the Honors Study Abroad Policies and deadlines at the bottom of this page.

Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:

 
1st Payment*
2nd Payment*
3rd Payment (**)
 
*Non-refundable*Non-refundable**Non-ref. if canceled after Feb 14, 2019
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Tue, May 1, 2018
$600
Wed, Aug 1, 2018
$400
Sun, Oct. 1, 2018*
$300
$1,300
Cambodia-Vietnam
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
$700
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$500
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$500
$1,700
France
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
$1,000
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$700
$2,700
Italy
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
$1,000
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$700
$2,700
Japan
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
$1000
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$800
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$700
$2,500
Spain
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
$900
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$700
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$600
$2,200
United Kingdom
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
$1,200
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,200
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$1,000
$3,400
South Africa
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
$2,000
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,600
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$1,000
$4,600
China
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,400
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$1,000
$2,400

*Non-refundable
**Non-refundable after February 14, 2019

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your three payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor,) same way you pay for your regular classes. In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program, we strongly recommend you pay in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Registration will remain open from Monday through Friday (9:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.

For information about Study Abroad Scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.4100 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

UPDATED HONORS COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD POLICIES FOR THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR:

Honors College Study Abroad Program

Student Eligibility and Participation Criteria

The Honors College has recently made changes to its Study Abroad Program Student Eligibility and Participation Criteria. Below is the updated policy effective for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Please contact Luli Szeinblum should you have any questions or concerns.

Academic Standing and Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs.
  • The South Africa program is available only for upper division students with a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.5.

Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • Students without an FIU GPA: If space is available, freshmen in their first year who do not yet have an FIU GPA may apply for a Study Abroad program after their Fall grades have been posted. Students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2 to apply. Transfer students, with or without a completed AA degree, must have a minimum 3.3 transfer GPA to apply.

Expected Graduation and Excess Credits

  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not delay the student’s expected graduation date based on the FIU admission term/cohort.
  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not cause the student to exceed the excess credit threshold. Students who exceed the excess credit threshold will not be approved for participation, even if participation in a Study Abroad program would satisfy pending Honors requirements.

Advisor Clearance

  • All students must obtain advisor clearance prior to securing a spot in a Study Abroad program.

Enrollment Status

  • Only active degree-seeking students will be allowed to enroll in IDH 4007.  Enrollment in IDH 4007 is a prerequisite to IDH 4008.

No exceptions will be made for the above criteria.

Note: IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.

Payments:

  • Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on my.fiu.edu, Financials section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
  • Students that fail to complete payments within 2 weeks after the deadline will not be allowed to
    participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Documentation:

  • ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 15, 2018, 11:59pm, for summer 2019 programs and August 1, 2018, 11:59pm, for winter break session 2018 programs (Honors Costa Rica). Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • The documentation required by OSA is at abroad.fiu.edu. It includes: Medical Form, Course Registration Form, copy of valid passport, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
  • The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
  • Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
  • Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated, and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 5, 2018 (AND JULY 20, 2018 FOR COSTA RICA):

The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 18, 2019, 11:59pm, and October 29, 2018, 11:59pm respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

  • Students must clear any existing holds by April 26, 2019 (and November 30, 2018, for Costa Rica.) Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Physicality:

  • Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.

Academics:

  • In order to secure and keep a spot in an Honors study abroad program, Students must meet and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • In order to be enrolled in IDH 4008, students must receive a grade no lower than C in IDH 4007.

Behavior:

  • Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct), and the student risks dismissal from the Honors College in accordance with the posted dismissal policy for misconduct.
  • By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.