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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
05/31/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:
Hosted by: OTS

Academic Focus:
Fundamentals of Tropical Biology, Field Research in Tropical Biology, Environmental Science and the Policy of the Tropics, Human Health, Tropical Diseases, and Spanish Language and Latin American Culture.

This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the majors listed above.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: mid August to early December
Spring: mid January to early May

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.

 Students must have completed one semester of college-level Biology prior to the study abroad term. Students should also have completed at least one semester of college-level Spanish. Students who have not completed the one semester of Spanish can still apply if they choose to participate in an intensive language program prior to the program.

(This program offers limited availability. Students are accepted on a rolling admissions basis by OTS. Students are highly encouraged to submit their applications to Emory College Study Abroad early.)

Program Information:

This  program is based in Costa Rica and emphasizes both the scientific and social aspects of tropical medicine, public health, and ethnobiology. The curriculum examines tropical disease, epidemiology, public health policy, medical anthropology, health-related uses of plants and animals, and the interaction between cultures and their environments. The lead faculty are scientists, social scientists, and physicians. Guest lecturers will join the program from fields such as tropical medicine, microbiology, anthropology, sociology, and biology. The program is conducted at three OTS field stations in different Costa Rican ecosystems and includes trips to numerous destinations. A five-day trip to Nicaragua (during the fall semester) or Panama (during the spring semester) will allow you to compare Costa Rica’s health system and culture to those of one of its neighbors. A three-week homestay experience will give you an inside look at modern Costa Rican family culture while you improve your Spanish skills in an intensive language course.

This program is also unique in its structure--students gain an intense immersive experience in the field. Prospective students should be eager to a structured program that allows exposure to experts in the academic field and close relationship with their peers.

Students enroll in four core courses and earn 16 credits hours for the semester:

Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health
Field Research Methods in Tropical Biology
Introduction to Field Ethnobiology
Culture and Language in Costa Rica

Detailed course information is online at: Course Syllabi

Credit and Grade Translation - OTS Costa Rica

Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this blanket approved list: Blanket Approval List.

Living Arrangements:
Students live with host families during a portion of the program. When the program travels to the various field stations, students live with other students in accommodations provided by OTS.

A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click above for the Budget Sheets.

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (for Pell grant recipients), Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Fund for Education Abroad and NSEP Boren Scholarship. For more information, please click here

OTS also provide scholarships to participants. Students receive an scholarship application upon their acceptance into the program. However, funding is limited and dispersed on a rolling basis so make sure to apply early!

Kate Dawson, Emory College Study Abroad Advisor:

This program is currently not accepting applications.