Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Environment and Sustainability

2017 – 2018 registration is now open!

Mondays-Fridays from 9:00AM to 4:30PM

VERY IMPORTANT : New set of policies for Honors Study Abroad Programs!  PLEASE check them 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 the 4-week 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.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $1,800 + airfare ($350 to $500)

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

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare
– $250 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: August to December, 2017

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
This Winter Break: December 10, 2017 to January 3, 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 YOU REGISTER?

It works on a first come, first served basis!

Follow these instructions:

  1. Bring your current Degree Audit printed out and $250.00 money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU to DM 233. 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. Registration will remain opened from Monday through Friday (8:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.
  2. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a form
  3. Apply online
  4. Upload  the Class Registration Form to abroad.fiu.edu
  5. The non-refundable $175 OSA administrative fee will be charged with your first payment.
  6. Below is the schedule of payments** to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
  
3rd Payment (*)(***)
  
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Mon, May 1, 2017****
$800
Tue, Aug 1, 2017
$500
Sun, Oct. 1, 2017*
$500
$1,800
France
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Italy
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Spain
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$900
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,500
Cambodia-Vietnam
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$800
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,400
Japan
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$900
$2,900
South Africa
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,500
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,400
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,900

*Non-refundable
**If you fail to make your first payment by the May 1st deadline, you will forfeit your paid administrative fees.
***Non-refundable after February 14, 2018
****This date applies to students that have already registered. Students that register between April 20 and May 19 will have their first payment deferred to June 1st. Students that register from May 16 to July 17, will have to pay in 2 installments (Aug 1: $1,300; Oct 1: $500.) Students that register after July 17, will have their payment due on October 1, IN FULL.

 

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 go in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Make an educated decision! Check the Vietnam/Cambodia & Costa Rica Honors Hour from Wednesday, October 18, 2017 HERE! (Second half of the video for Costa Rica)

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 305.348.1620 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

NEW STUDY ABROAD POLICIES:

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, 2017, 11:59pm, for summer 2018 programs and August 1, 2017, 11:59pm, for winter break session 2017 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, 2017 (AND JULY 20, 2017 FOR COSTA RICA):

The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 19, 2018, and October 30, 2017 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 30, 2018 (and December 1, 2017, 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:

  • Students have to be in good Honors academic standing (see http://honors.fiu.edu/students/policies/) in order to secure a spot in an Honors study abroad program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be
    awarded.

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.