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IU-Administered Program

  • Rain forests, cloud forests, volcanic mountains
  • Caribbean and Pacific coastal environments
  • Rich diversity of plant and animal species
  • December 27, 2009 to January 8, 2010
Program Organization
  • Intersession Program
  • Two-Week Field Study in Tropical Biology
  • 16 IU students, 2 IU faculty
  • Instruction in English
  • Daily travel to varied habitats
Academic Program
  • 3 credits in BIOL L433, Tropical Biology
  • Visits to national parks, rain forest, cloud forest, and biological field stations
  • Emphasis on co-evolution between plants and animals, ecology, botany
  • Shared hotel and field station accommodations

You may apply if you

  • are a degree candidate at any Indiana University campus who is making normal academic progress,
  • are in at least your third full-time semester of college (priority given to upperclassmen),
  • are a biology major or have done readings or taken courses in the area,
  • are willing to live and travel with a group in the field, and
  • have approximately a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program are not eligible.
Financial Aid
How to Apply for this Program

Application Deadline

  • Intersession 2010-11: September 2010

IU committee screens applications.

Notification of application status sent electronically within 4 weeks of application deadline.

Estimated Costs

Intersession 2009-10

  • Fee paid to IU: (tuition, housing, some meals, travel in Costa Rica, health insurance)
    • Indiana resident: $1,460
    • Nonresident: $1,760
  • Additional meals: $200
  • International airfare: $800
  • See IU Fee Sheet for additional cost and payment details.

Personal expenses additional.

Airfare for group flight due by mid-October.

Initial prepayment of $500 due early November.