First Year Field Study: Costa Rica

Apply by June 1, 2017, to take part in the 9th annual Incoming Freshmen Field Study to Costa Rica.

Ford a rainforest river...

     While you form new friendships

ENV 105: National Parks: Costa Rica

Join the 9th 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 30 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.

Need based financial aid is available for qualifying students and is awarded by the Environmental Studies Department. Applications are found in the Rollins International Programs Application (RIPA).

Highlights of the program include the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Los Quetzales National Park, Carara National Park, a stay at Hacienda Baru, 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 (Tentative)

Friday, August 11: Group dinner with students, parents, and Dr. Allen
Saturday, August 12: Morning Field Study Orientation, Lunch (students are free to have lunch on their own); Afternoon class with Dr. Allen
Sunday, August 13 - Tuesday, August 22: Travel to Costa Rica
Wednesday, August 23: Rollins Orientation
Monday, August 28: First day of classes

International Students Note

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 email Jenifer Ruby for more information.

Program Details

Faculty Leader: Dr. Barry Allen
Program Location: Costa Rica
Credit: Two credits, graded as Credit or No Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Requirements: 2 mandatory pre-trip meetings (August 12 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:

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.

Office of International Programs
Mills Memorial Hall - Main Floor
1000 Holt Ave. – 2759
Winter Park, FL 32789

T. 407.646.2466
F. 407.646.2595
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