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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Burras, Lee
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Spanish Online Course Catalog Available: No
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: AGRON 496, En Sci 496, GLOBE 496
Program Description:

Soils and Crops of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Agron 3

Spring Break 2018:  March 07 - March 17, 2018

*Program prerequisites:  All students are welcome to apply, preference given to students majoring in Agronomy or Environmental Science or Global Resources Systems as well as individuals with limited international experience.

Program summary:  We will visit locations throughout central and northwestern Costa Rica in order to observe tropical soils, tropical crops and their environmental impacts. At each site in-depth discussions will be led by a combination of Costa Rican experts and the ISU faculty.  

Course:  AGRON 496 or EnSci 496  or Globe 496 (3 credits)

Group Leaders:  Dr. Lee Burras

Costa Rica AGRON2

Program fee:  Approximately $3325 (includes: round trip airfare, bus transportation to the airport, most meals, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, required international health and emergency insurance)

Out of pocket expenses:  Some meals (~$30), incidentals ($150 approx), Passport if you don't already have one $135, Costa Rica departure tax $35, $105 study abroad center admin fee, souvenirs, etc.

There are scholarships available to apply for through the Agronomy Dept (contact group leader or 1126 Agron Hall), as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall, due NOVEMBER 1.)

Free passports are available for first time travelers who are in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Contact for more information regarding free passports.

Program goals:  To allow ISU students to experience the culture and agriculture of Costa Rica.

By the end of the program students should:  1) have an understanding of tropical crop production;  2) understand how tropical soils affect crop production methods;  3) have a better understanding of the culture of Costa Rica.

Tentative Program Itinerary: 
Proposed route and activities - loose integration of the past 5 years. All stops and hotels have been previously vetted and successfully/enjoyably used.

Wednesday, March 7: ISU to San Jose - Best Western Irazu Hotel, San Jose.
Thursday, March 8: Santa Maria de Dota Coffee Coop & highland fruit farm - Irazu Hotel
Friday, March 9: Highland horticulture and Rosa Finca dairy - El Tucano Resort, Santa Rosa
Saturday, March 10: Banana farming and processing in the Caribbean lowlands - El Tucano
Sunday, March 11: Volcano Arenal National Park near La Fortuna - El Tucano
Monday, March 12: Citrus production and Ultisol/Oxisol profiles near Los Chiles - El Tucano
Tuesday, March 13: Soils, water and irrigation in Guanacaste - Las Espuelas Hotel, Liberia
Wednesday, March 14: Rice plantation & processing mill; Playa Panama - Las Espuelas
Thursday, March 15: El Viejo sugarcane plantation & processing plant; Mango production near Orotina and return to San Jose - Irazu Hotel
Friday, MARCH 16: Mango production near Orotina and return to San Jose -Irazu Hotel
Saturday, March 17: San Jose to ISU

Important Note Regarding Missing classes: Please note that participation on some travel courses require you to be away from campus for some school days. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences tries to minimize the number of days missed for this purpose, but in some events, the inflexibility of the travel schedule prevents us from working completely within our breaks. Should you choose to enroll in a travel course that requires missing some class(es) on campus, you will need to contact your instructor directly to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up this class work and/or exams. The CALS Study Abroad office can provide you with a letter explaining the dates of the trip. However, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade before signing up for a Study Abroad program. The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.

This program is currently not accepting applications.