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First Year Field Study: Costa Rica

Apply by May 31st, 2024 to take part in the 16th annual First Year Field Study to Costa Rica.

while you form new friendships.

Ford a rainforest river...

while you form new friendships.

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ENV 105: National Parks: Costa Rica

Join the 16th annual First Year 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 50 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. Financial aid awarded for this program will not effect other aid from the college or other sources. Applications are found in the Rollins International Programs Application (RIPA).

Highlights of the program include the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Bosque Eterno de los Niños, Arenal Volcano National Park, Carara National Park, Santa Elena Reserve, La Selva Biological Station, Tenorio Volcano National Park, over 900 species of birds, 1,200 species of orchids, monkeys, sloths and the best ecotourism infrastructure in the world. 

Watch a video made by a previous program participant, or read this great article about the experience: Costa Rica Field Study - Rollins 360 'Sustainable Roots'.

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NOTE: In accordance with the CDC, International Programs urges all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 to reduce risks of illness

Program Itinerary 2024

Friday, August 9: 
  • Move into on-campus housing
  • Pre-departure orientation with IP
  • Afternoon class with Dr. Allen
  • Group dinner with students, parents, and Dr. Allen
Saturday, August 10- Tuesday, August 20: Costa Rica
Wednesday, August 21: Rollins Orientation
Monday, August 26: 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: 2 - Credit or No Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Requirements: 2 mandatory pre-trip meetings (August 9 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: $2,980 
Program Fee Includes: Tuition, housing and meals at Rollins, housing and meals in Costa Rica, all activities and excursions, all in-country transportation, airport transfers to/from the Orlando airport, and emergency insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs: Tips $50, personal expenses $112, federal loan fees $0, books/course materials $0, and professional licensure/certification $0.
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.