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  • High in Tilaran range in northwestern Costa Rica
  • Located next to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Country rich in diverse flora, fauna and ecosystems
  • February to mid-May --OR--
    Mid-August to mid-December
Program Organization
Academic Program
  • 16 IU credit hours for 5 required courses for CIEE students only
    • Spanish Language (3 credits)
    • Courses (in English):
      • Tropical Diversity (BIOL-OS 300, 4 cr)**
      • Tropical Community Ecology (BIOL-L 433, 4 cr)
      • Human in the Tropics (GEOG-G 317, 2 cr)
      • Independent Study Project (BIOL-L 490, 3 cr)
  • Extensive educational excursions, including work retreat
**Note: -OS 300 is the default designation to identify courses recorded as 300-level undistributed credit that can count in total hours toward graduation and may be able to satisfy major, minor, or distributional requirements with the approval of participant’s school.
  • Four-person rooms at biological field station (private baths/showers), family-style meals at same location
  • Four-week homestay with Costa Rican families
Additional Program Information

You may apply if you

  • are a student at any Indiana University campus who is making normal academic progress,
  • are in at least your third full-time semester of college,
  • are enrolled in (or have completed) 2 semesters of college-level biology (environmental science or equivalent and some Spanish recommended),
  • demonstrate self-reliance, resilience, and flexibility, and
  • have approximately a 2.75 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 period are not eligible.
Financial Aid
How to Apply for this Program

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2010: February 1, 2010
  • Spring 2011: September 2010

IU committee screens applications; final approval from CIEE.

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

Estimated Costs

Fall 2010 Semester

  • IU portion of fee: $640
  • CIEE portion of fee*: $12,445 (tuition, housing, meals, medical insurance, field trips)
  • See IU Fee Sheet for additional cost and payment details.

* Special discounted CIEE fee for IU students.

Airfare, personal expenses and vacation travel additional.

Initial pre-payment of $500 due March 8, 2010 for fall; October for spring.