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CIEE-Monteverde: Tropical Ecology & Conservation


Program Location Monteverde, Costa Rica
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31006
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2018 02/14/18 to 05/25/18
Current Program Dates
Fall 2017 08/21/17 to 11/30/17
Past Dates
Spring 2017 02/08/17 to 05/19/17

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

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Overview
CIEE-Monteverde: Tropical Ecology & Conservation
Seaside lecture - no dull days here.

The CIEE Monteverde Tropical Ecology + Conservation program is designed for students with biology-related majors who have completed at least one year of introductory biology and one elective in ecology and seek intensive, sophisticated tropical field and course work in Costa Rica from both theoretical and taxonomic perspectives.

Costa Rica, a country committed to preserving natural parks and biological reserves, is an excellent location in which to pursue tropical biology studies. As part of a land-bridge between North and South America, the geographical and climate conditions allow flora and fauna of both continents to coexist, creating uniquely diverse ecosystems.

Monteverde is a small community of 4,000 that accommodates up to 200,000 tourists each year. Its forest is located in the largest private reserve in Central America and reflects a long heritage of grassroots conservation. Monteverde’s Cloud Forest has been studied for over 25 years by both visiting and Costa Rican biologists. This widens the research opportunities available and acquaints students with practical biological problems associated with agricultural development, eco-tourism, and grassroots conservation efforts in developing countries.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.

Eligibility

CIEE-Monteverde: Tropical Ecology & Conservation
Crossing a forest foot bridge.

The program is open to any Purdue undergraduate student who has reached sophomore standing (completed two full semesters of university) by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

This program requires:

  • 2 semesters of college-level biology
  • 1 additional semester of college-level ecology or environmental science recommended
  • Some college-level Spanish recommended

 

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Liberal Arts][College of Science]
Specifically from: BIO (SCI), SLC (SLA)

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Please note:  The housing costs listed below include meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$12,963.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Housing$2,420.00
Insurance$167.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$102.00
Round-trip Airfare$800.00
Books and Supplies$500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $800.00 -$1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

After paying the study abroad deposit, participants will need to complete a program application which will be forwarded to the head office of CIEE. Students will be notified directly by CIEE about their acceptance into the program.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15


Returnees Information
CIEE-Monteverde: Tropical Ecology & Conservation
Hiking is par for the course.

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.

Resources

The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.


For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.

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