UC Education Abroad Program Costa Rica Tropical Biology Field Research Program

UC Education Abroad Program Costa Rica Tropical Biology Field Research Program:  3 spaces still available for Fall 2013!  Earn UC Units and Grades and gain field research experience!.

Eligibility:  2.85 GPA and completion of one upper division organismal biology class by Spring 2013

Estimated Cost:  $12,750

Applications will be taken on a rolling basis until February 26, 2013 and should be submitted to the Programs Abroad Office.  To apply, visit the EAP website and click on the Apply Now button: http://eap.ucop.edu/Pages/default.aspx.  Please be sure you meet the eligibility requirements for the program before applying.

For more information:  http://eap.ucop.edu/OurPrograms/costa_rica/Pages/tropical_biology_quarter.aspx OR contact Programs Abroad Advisor, Rachel Rigoli at: rrigoli@ucsd.edu

Program Overview
Take advantage of the unique opportunities of this quarter-long program in Monteverde, a rural community of Costa Ricans and North Americans who share a bicultural and bilingual lifestyle in a growing eco-tourism area. Located between seasonally dry Pacific slopes to the west and the tropical rain forest of the Atlantic slope to the east, the area’s unique contrasting wet and dry forests present extraordinary opportunities to study plant-animal interactions, ecology, and natural history. You will also visit marine habitats and lowland environments. Two of the larger reserves include the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Bosque Eterno de los Niños, which together provide a habitat and protection to more than 3,000 species of plants and a variety of animal species including spider monkeys, quetzales, mountain lions, and tapirs. Strenuous hiking and rustic living conditions contribute to the rewarding nature of this program.

Because of Monteverde’s rich biological attributes, the area is the target of strong conservation efforts. It attracts biologists from around the world, many of whom serve as guest lecturers and resources for EAP.

Students attend classes with UC students only.
Course Opportunities
Plant-animal interactions, ecology, evolution, behavior, natural history, taxonomy, conservation, and discipline-specific Spanish. Courses combine lectures, extensive field trips, and independent research that will teach you how to ask and answer a research question. You also have the opportunity to use video to document natural phenomena and behavior. At the end of the program, you present your research in a symposium open to the public.

Five courses are required for the program:

·        Tropical Diversity (BIOL 101)
·        Tropical Community Ecology (BIOL 102)
·        Research Practicum (BIOL 188)
·        Spanish (SPAN 2 or SPAN 100, depending on placement)
·        Agro-Ecology (ENVS 105)
Language of Instruction

Go to the Participants<http://eap.ucop.edu/Participants/Pages/default.aspx> section to see current or past calendars.

Fall Quarter :
early October to mid-December

Your housing changes according to program activities. Accommodations include homestays, residence at the dormitory-style Monteverde Biological Station, and stays at other rural field stations. You live with other UC students.