Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

Holt Students: Click here for information on eligibility, credit and costs for Holt students


ENV 353F: National Parks and Protected Areas

Faculty Leader: Barry Allen

Program Location: Costa Rica

Travel Dates: Jan. 2 - 11, 2015

Credit: 2 credits, standard letter grade

Co-requisite: Students must be enrolled in ENV 353F during Fall 2014

Course Requirements: Full participation in Field Study activities, written research project

Anticipated Number of Students: 10-12

Estimated Program Fee: $2,620

Program Fee Includes: Tuition, room and board, transportation to/from the Orlando Airport, round-trip airfare from Orlando, activities and excursions, all in-country transportation, 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 (estimated)
Personal Expenses: Costs will vary

Visa: Not required for U.S. citizens

This Field Study allows you to experience firsthand the various management strategies associated with different protected areas in Costa Rica.  These areas include national parks, national wildlife refuges, large and small private preserves, and biological corridors.  Each has a role to play in protecting the natural resources needed for sustainable development. Itinerary highlights include Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, La Selva Biological Station, Savegre Mountain Biological Reserve, Carara National Park.


Holt Students

  • Eligibility: To apply for any study abroad or field study program, Holt School students must be currently enrolled in a degree program, be matriculated through the initial admission review process (i.e. completed two semesters at Holt), in good academic and college standing (grade point average of 3.0 or above preferred), and must have a good record of personal responsibility (e.g. judicial record)
  • Credit for Field Studies: Holt undergraduate and graduate students must coordinate with advisors in Holt to confirm credit approval and acceptance.  Graduate students may need to make special arrangements if the field study is only being offered for undergraduate credit.
  • Costs for A&S/CPS Field Study: Holt undergraduate and graduate students participating on A&S/CPS field studies pay the same price as A&S/CPS students and are eligible for grant support through International Programs and Hamilton Holt.
  • Costs for Holt Field Study: Holt field studies are typically connected to an on-campus course; The cost of a Holt field study is standard Holt tuition for the relevant number of credits plus a program fee to cover the trip costs.

*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, 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.