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  • Locations: All, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Auburn applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Sciences and Mathematics
Department: Biological Sciences Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Dan Warner,, Djibo Zanzot, Majors Eligible: Agriculture Majors, Animal Science Majors, Biology Majors, Forestry & Wildlife Science Majors, Other Majors upon approval, Sustainability Studies Minors
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: FR-Freshman, G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates)
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required Physical/Environmental Considerations: Boat ride on a river, Extensive outdoor activities, Extensive walking - often times in rainy weather, Hiking up steep slopes, Possible interaction with animals
Program Description:

Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability: Costa RicaGoogle Map of Costa Rica


During this 10-day study abroad program, students will experience Costa Rican culture, explore diverse tropical ecosystems, and learn about sustainable agricultural practices, and conduct research projects related to ecology and conservation. Click here to view Costa Rica Flyer 

This program includes the following locations: 

  • La Selva Biological Station - in lowland tropical rainforest
  • La Fortuna near Volcano Arenal
  • Palo Verde National Park - in tropical dry forest

This program consists of extensive walking, often times in rainy weather and hiking up steep slopes. Activities also include a boat ride on the river and exposure to nature including animals/wildlife. Note that air-conditioning is not common in Costa Rica. 


  • Students from all majors may apply to this program.
  • Students must meet the 2.25 minimum GPA requirement
  • Students must have an expressed interest in biology, sustainability and conservation. 
  • Students must have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of the program. 
  • 13 Dec 2019: Application Deadline
  • Toucan in TreeEarly Feb 2020: Start Date of Auburn on-campus course
  • 06 March 2020: Travel to Costa Rica
  • 16 March 2020: Return to the U.S.
  • 01 May 2020: Date Auburn class and examinations end


This course starts meeting in Auburn in early February to prepare for international travel. During spring break students travel to Costa Rica. Students are enrolled into one of the courses listed below. 

BIOL 4970 – Special Topics – 3 
credits (undergraduates)
BIOL 7970  Special Topics – 3 credits (graduates)


The program fee is $2,080. For more information, view the Estimated Student Budget.

Included: Course credit, in country transportationmost meals, housing, guided tours, all entrance fees and emergency travel/health insurance. 

Not included: Airfare to Costa Rica, some meals, passport cost (approximately $150), personal expenses. 

Frog in Nature

Payment Schedule: 

  • 13 Dec 2019: Application Deadline
  • 20 Dec 2019: First payment appears on eBill
  • 10 Jan 2020: First payment due $1,040
  • 20 Jan 2020: Second Payment appears on eBill
  • 10 Feb 2020: Second Payment due $1,040

Withdrawal Notice:
Students should note that withdrawal from the program after acceptance and payment of the program fee may result in financial penalties. Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Students will housed in dormitories directly on-site at each location. The housing will be in shared rooms with possible bunk beds. Note that air-conditioning in Costa Rica is not common. WiFi will be available at the housing locations.


Costa Rica 
Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. One of Costa Rica’s main sources of income is tourism. 
Visitors can enjoy the country's majestic volcanoes, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, tropical dry, wet, and rain forests, as well as exhilarating jungle landscapes, all without traveling long distances. Although Costa Rica is a small territory, it makes up about 5% of the earth's biodiversity. Fortunately, this natural treasure is protected by the National System of Conservation Areas, preserving a total of 25% of the national territory.
Walk in Nature


There will be day excursions to a sustainable farm, chocolate tour and ethnobotany tour and river boat tour. 


If you do not have a passport: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements.
  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.


Contact the Program Directors:

Dr. Djibo Zanzot
Biological Sciences Lecturer

Dr. Dan Warner 
Biological Sciences Assistant Professor


This program is currently not accepting applications.