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  • Locations: Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter, Autumn Semester, Early Fall, Spring Quarter, SpringSemester(W/Sp), Winter Quarter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Quarter 2020 11/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 03/30/2020
NOTE: Students participating in CIEE Blocks I and II should earn a total of 20 UW quarter credits. To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of November 1st.
Spring Quarter 2020 11/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 03/30/2020 05/11/2020
SpringSemester(W/Sp) 2020 11/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 05/11/2020
NOTE: Students participating in CIEE Blocks I, II and III should earn a total of 30 UW quarter credits. To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of November 1st.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:

Open Campus Block: STEM + Society

MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA

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Program Overview

Monteverde has been at the forefront of field study in environmental protection since the 1960s, when it began attracting scientists to marvel at its biodiversity. As a result, Monteverde is the ideal place to study ecology, conservation, sustainability, and agriculture, and explore ways to protect its future, live more sustainably, and educate others to do the same.

Come to Monteverde and custom your study abroad term on the Open Campus Block Program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your courses from a wide range of subject areas. Stay in Monteverde the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, London, Madrid, Yucatán, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, and Sydney.

Unique Experiences

LEARN FROM COSTA RICAN FARMERS

who maintain crops, improve their soils, and have high productivity with natural and climate-smart practices

LIVE IN A RURAL MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY

surrounded by a tropical cloud forest and friendly Costa Ricans

SEE CLOSE UP

how alternative energy makes Costa Rica largely independent of fossil fuels

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Your Destionation

Located in northwestern Costa Rica, Monteverde lies along the continental divide at the crest of the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain chain, which is blanketed by a cool, wet cloud forest extending down into the Atlantic lowlands. The cloud forest provides a striking contrast to the deciduous forest on the Pacific side.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was founded in 1972 to protect the entire ridge top above Monteverde and down into the Peñas Blancas Valley. As a result of its unique history and geography, Monteverde is a stunning home to exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife and sustainability projects including agriculture, energy production, water conservation, forest management, and biodiversity conservation. 

 

Excursions & Activities

  • Get to know biodiversity firsthand, and learn why it is so valuable for human societies
  • Learn about renewable energy, alternative agriculture, ecotourism, and other sustainable economic activities
  • Visit reserves, farms, urban centers, or remote communities to explore the biological and cultural diversity of Costa Rica

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • All meals are included.
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two- day orientation - an introduction to Costa Rican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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Why CIEE

  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included

Questions?

Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.
 

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