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  • Locations: Alajuela, Costa Rica; Altamira, Costa Rica; Barrigones, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; Tarcoles, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: Physical or Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Recreation Program Type: Ithaca College Short-Term
Domestic or Abroad: Study Abroad Program
Program Description:
Costa Rica - Winter 2017
What is sustainable tourism? 

… a way of traveling that protects and maintains balance with nature while contributing to the well-being, economy, and culture of local communities 
Travel for 15 days to learn why Costa Rica has won international awards for their sustainability efforts. We will focus on the country’s natural beauty and how sustainable tourism has helped remote local communities develop economic self-sufficiency. We’ll visit five different areas of Costa Rica, staying in lodges run by local Costa Ricans that use sustainable methods to operate (organic farming, alternative energies, community involvement), while participating in fun, educational outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, beach time, and touring a coffee plantation and organic chocolate farm. Our naturalist guide is trained in tropical wildlife biology and will interpret the natural environment for us as well as cultural aspects of Costa Rica. Be prepared to see monkeys, coatis, exotic birds, and, if we’re lucky, a sloth or two! 

Trip Dates: January 4 - 18, 2023 
Application deadline: Wednesday, October 12 ($35 application fee)
Deposit deadline:  Wednesday, October 19 ($500 deposit)
Final payment: Monday, November 28
Estimated Costs:
  • Trip: $2,575 (based on 10 students enrolled - includes all lodging, meals, guides, transport, park admissions, and travel insurance)
  • Tuition: $1,725 (3 credits @ $575 per credit hour)
  • Airfare: $700-$1,000 (students purchase flights individually) 
This study abroad experience is offered through the course, RLS 27700 Sustainable Tourism (3 cr.). Upon completion of your application and final payment, the Office of International Programs will register you for the course.

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Heyne at  



This program is currently not accepting applications.