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CIEE: Monteverde, Costa Rica (Sustainability and The Environment) (Third Party)

The Program

This program is designed for students interested in learning and studying about sound tropical conservation and sustainable development to ensure future biodiversity and human welfare. Students study the intersection of humans and their impact on natural systems and how environmental issues influence economics and society. This is done through coursework and an internship in the Monteverde region, as well as visits to national parks throughout Costa Rica.

The Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Monteverde has a long tradition of high academic quality in the natural sciences. The Sustainability and the Environment program is open to environmental studies/science and related majors who have completed three courses related to environmental studies: environmental science, conservation-related courses, policy and management, and/or sustainable development.

The program integrates lectures, field experience, student group work, lab work, an internship experience, and readings. Emphasis is placed on hands-on field observation of conservation and development projects throughout Costa Rica and parts of Nicaragua, as well as human-nature interactions and their application to the conservation of nature, social justice, national security, and the economy.

The Sustainability and the Environment program incorporates extensive experiential components. The required courses combine classroom-based academics with broad practical experience. Professors prepare the students in the classroom and accompany students on field trips. Given the number of projects and visits required for this course, students should expect an intense yet rewarding semester. The Spanish language courses are offered by the Centro Panamericano de Idiomas. There are nine levels of Spanish offered with no more than four students per instructor.

CIEE participants are required to take all five courses. For a course list, click here.

To receive credit for an internship, the internship experience has to be part of a graded course listed on the transcript for the foreign institution; and before you leave UConn you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title  Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ECOL 3003 Humans in the Tropics 2 6/30/20
EEB 3893 Foreign Study BIOL 4001 MVCR Tropical Diversity 4 12/31/19
EEB 3893 Foreign Study BIOL/ECOL 3004 Independent Study in Biology/Ecology 4 12/31/19
EEB 3893 Foreign Study ECOL 3001 Tropical Community Ecology 4 12/31/19
SPAN 1193 Foreign Study SPAN 3005 Spanish Language Advanced 1 3 12/31/19

The Experience

Housing, meals, and local transportation costs are included in the program fee. Students are placed in individual homestays in Monteverde or nearby towns. They have their own room in the family?s house and the family provides three meals per day. During overnight field trips students stay in simple hotels or field stations.

Students access the Internet at the CIEE Study Center, in Internet cafés in San José and Monteverde, and in some of the homestays. Internet access will not always be available, however, particularly while traveling.


Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
One of the first UConn majors in Latin American Studies, Mr. Bruce Lane remembers how traveling in Argentina impacted and transformed his life. To assist new students in having similar opportunities, Mr. Lane has generously established the Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Emeritus Professor of History, Paul Goodwin, Jr. The purpose of the Fund is to support University students participating in Study Abroad programs to Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information contact Anne Gebelein: If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Environmental Studies
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5