ABOUT COSTA RICA
Located in the middle of the Central American isthmus,
with Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south,
Rica is about the same size of West Virginia and has a
population of around 3.5 million. Packed into this small
country are incredible biological diversity, varied
landscapes and endless outdoor diversions.
People not well acquainted with Costa Rica often equate
the problems in countries such as Nicaragua and El
Salvador with all of Central America. Nothing could be
further from the truth. In the midst of political unrest
Costa Rica remains an oasis of stability and peace. The
country has no army, for example – it was abolished in
1949. Costa Rica is the region’s most stable democracy,
and the country has a deep-rooted respect for human
An exemplary system of national parks and biological
preserves protect a vast array of habitats to ensure the
survival of its 850 species of birds, 205 species of
mammals, 376 types of reptiles and amphibians, and more
than 9,000 different species of flowering plants including
1,200 varieties of orchids. With $2.4 billion of
merchandise exports to Costa Rica is the United States'
38th largest export market. U.S. imports from Costa Rica
were $3.5 billion that year.
The fee for this trip will is $2,850 plus tuition (3 credits)
and it includes: Airfare and Hotel
Transfers, Double Room Accommodations, Daily Continental Breakfast, Sightseeing tours. Additionally, students should
budget approximately US$10-20 per day for meals, gratuities, and
personal expenses. Check this page regularly for updates on trip costs.
Since the practicum
field trips are scheduled in winter semesters they are not eligible for financial aid.
However, students loans are available from banks and other
lending institutions. If you are planning to get a student
loan to finance this trip, get a letter stating the
cost of the trip and the purpose of the loan from the
Office of International Programs (Room A605) and attach it to the loan application.
April – Sept. 2, 2005
Meet with academic advisor, Prof.
Patrick Yanez. Room B436
Sept. 6, 2005
Deadline for applications and $60
application fee due at the Office of Int.
Programs, Rm. A605
Sept. 16, 2005
Payment of $1,000
at the Bursar's Office. Bring copy of payment receipt to the Office of
Oct. 17, 2005
Balance of Program Cost
31. Bring copy of payment
receipt to the Office of International Programs
Nov. 15, 2005
Tuition fee due (three-credits)
Course CRN is: 2867
Visa requirements for U.S. citizens:
travel with a non-USA passport,
click here to find Costa Rica's visa
requirements for your country. To request a visa in
your local consulate, allow for a minimum for three
weeks (21 days) before the scheduled departure.
Costa Rica Consulates in the U.S.
Each student will be conducting a research project in a topic of his/her
interest. Group projects are encouraged. Presentations of research
conclusions will be made the week of January 16 in tentatively
Playa Dominical. Suggested research topics are:
About Costa Rica (select one topic only):
- History of Costa Rica
- Costa Rican Trade Patterns
- U.S. Investment in Costa
- Costa Rica's Environmental
- Costa Rica's Textile and
- Fashion trends in Costa
- Retail and merchandising
in Costa Rica
- Consumer preferences
- Market studies
About Central America Free Trade Area (CAFTA) (select
one topic only):
CAFTA's history, challenges.
Relationship with NAFTA
CAFTA in the context of FTAA
Trade profile of Central American nations
Central American sentiments towards the U.S.
Politics in Central American nations
The following links should assist participants in selecting a research
topic for this field trip:
CIA's World Factbook: Costa Rica
U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Commercial Section of
the U.S. Embassy in San Jose
Costa Rican American Chamber of Commerce
Costa Rican Presidential web site. In Spanish
Tico Times. Costa Rica’s English newspaper (weekly)
Camara Textil Costarricense
treaties between the U.S. and Costa Rica
Universities in Costa Rica