This is a faculty-directed education abroad program.  While there are many other options, many students (and parents) find faculty-directed programs to be among the best fit as participants will travel with UK students/faculty and earn exact UK credit. 

This program studies Costa Rica’s high biological diversity as well as important natural resource management issues.  Costa Rica is a world leader in conservation, having established a network of national parks and bio-reserves in response to past deforestation.  In-depth visits to a number of such reserves will allow students to explore many facets of tropical biology-- learning species, documenting diversity, exploring ecological interactions and understanding the basic principles of conservation biology.  Participants will travel through a diverse mix of land uses, relating these to the country’s varied soils and climate.  Other topics include sustainable agriculture, ecotourism, climate change, and energy policy.  Emphasis throughout the program will be on experiential learning in the field, group discussion, lectures from local experts, and journal-writing.   

Program at a glance: 

  • Dates: Juley 24 - August 7, 2017
  • Credit: Earn four hours total (NRE 320, EAP 599)
    Students having already earned NRE 320 may make alternative arrangements with Geri Philpott
  • Location: Multiple locations across Costa Rica
  • Eligibility: Open to all students 
  • Directors: Steven Price and Robert Paratley

For more information on this program, visit the education abroad website


The UK Education Abroad Scholarship deadline for summer programs is March 1.  For more information on education abroad scholarships, creative fundraising ideas and more, students are encouraged to visit the Education Abroad Resource Center in 315 Bradley Hall