First Year Field Study: Costa Rica

 Application Deadline: June 1, 2014













ENV 105: National Parks: Costa Rica

Join the 6th 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 made by a previous program participant:



Program Itinerary



Friday, August 8th:

Group dinner with students, parents, and Dr. Allen


Saturday, August 9th:

Morning Field Study Orientation, Lunch (students are free to have lunch on their own),
Afternoon class with Dr. Allen


Sunday, August 10th - Tuesday, August 19th:

Travel to Costa Rica


Wednesday, August 20th:

Rollins Orientation


Monday, August 25th:

First day of classes

Note for International Students

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 –

Program Details


Faculty Leader: Dr. Barry Allen
Program Location: Costa Rica

On Campus Dates: August 8 - 9, 2014 (tentative)

Travel Dates: August 10 - 19, 2014 (tentative)

Credit: Two credits, graded as Credit or No Credit
Prerequisites: None
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: $2,450**
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.

How to Apply

Once you have deposited and committed to Rollins College, you should receive your Foxlink and email account info.

When you are ready to apply, access your FoxLink account
Click on the "A&S student" tab

Your Study Abroad RIPA Application portal is located on the left middle of the page. Click on "RIPA Application"

Click on "Create a New Application"

NOTE: You will be automatically charged a $25 application fee

What You Need to Apply

The application requirements and all the forms are in RIPA:

  • First Year Field Study Application Questions
  • First Year Field Study Scholarship Application
  • High School Judicial Statement
  • Copy of your passport
  • Rollins Agreement to Release Information