Join the 5th annual Incoming Freshmen Field Study to Costa Rica! Experience the incredible biodiversity and stunning landscapes of “the Switzerland of the Americas.” See what it means to be a world leader in both environmental protection and sustainable development. Find out why Costa Rica was recently named “the Happiest place on Earth" by the New Economics Foundation. This program is led by one of Rollins' most experienced faculty, Dr. Barry Allen, a veteran of over 25 field courses in Costa Rica.
Rollins College is excited to offer this special field study opportunity for first-year students. As many incoming freshmen are already looking forward to studying abroad, this program is designed specifically to provide these students with the opportunity to connect with an experienced Rollins faculty member and to develop connections with their classmates--fellow first-year study abroad students. We hope this field study sparks a lifelong interest in travel and intercultural learning.
Scholarship funding is available for qualifying students and is awarded by the Environmental Studies Department. Scholarship applications are found in the Rollins International Programs Application (RIPA).
Highlights of the program include the Monteverde Cloud Forest, La Selva Biological Station in the rainforest of Sarapiqui, great volcano views from the Bosque Eterno de los Ninos, 850 species of birds, 1200 species of orchids, monkeys, sloths and the best ecotourism infrastructure in the world. Watch a video of last year's program made by a Rollins Student:
Friday, August 9th:
Group dinner with students, parents, and Dr. Allen
Saturday, August 10th:
Morning Field Study Orientation, Lunch (students are free to have lunch on their own), Afternoon class with Dr. Allen
Sunday, August 11th - Tuesday, August 20th:
Travel to Costa Rica
Wednesday, August 21st:
Monday, August 26th:
First day of classes
International students interested in this Field Study should be aware that participation will conflict with the International Student Orientation. While International Student Orientation is a mandatory program, special accommodations may be arranged for those interested in this opportunity. Students will be required to work closely with the Office of International Student & Scholar Services prior to the program to arrange immigration advising and a makeup orientation. Please contact Jenifer Ruby for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Faculty Leader: Dr. Barry Allen|
|Program Location: Costa Rica|
On Campus Dates: August 9 - 10, 2013 (tentative)
Travel Dates: August 11 - 20, 2013 (tentative)
|Credit: Two credits, graded as Credit or No Credit|
|Course Requirements: 2 mandatory pre-trip meetings (Aug. 9th and 10th as listed in the program itinerary), assigned readings, full participation in field study activities, journal responses, final project, post-travel activities on campus|
|Anticipated Number of Students: 12|
|Estimated Program Fee: $2,600**|
|Program Fee Includes: Tuition, accommodation at Rollins, transportation to/from the Orlando airport, round-trip airfare from Orlando, room and board in Costa Rica, all activities and excursions, all in-country transportation, some group meals, health and emergency insurance|
|Program Fee Does Not Include: Costa Rican Departure Tax: $28 (paid in U.S. dollars at the San Jose airport)
Tips: $50 (estimate)
Personal Expenses: Costs will vary
|Visa: Not required for U.S. citizens|
*All dates are tentative and subject to change depending on the final number of students, final costs and other considerations.
**Estimated costs for all programs are based on anticipated numbers of students and current exchange rates and commercial airfares. Costs are subject to change. Final prices will always be communicated to accepted students before they commit to the program.