La Selva, Costa Rica

Alisa Misevich - Costa Rica Study Abroad 2012
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Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7731
Office: RDM S - 264
dennis.wilson@mesacc.edu

 

A valid passport is required to travel abroad.  Passport Info Here

Program Location

La Selva, situated at the confluence of two major rivers in the Caribbean lowlands of northern Costa Rica, comprises 3,900 acres of tropical wet forests and disturbed lands. It averages over 13 feet of rainfall that is spread rather evenly throughout the year. The Station is bordered on the south by Braulio Carrillo National Park extending down to La Selva through a descending forest corridor from 2,906 meters at Volcán Barva to 35 meters above sea level at La Selva.

Program Not Offered in 2015

This program is typically offered every other year.

Explore the spectacular wildlife in Costa Rica’s jungles, experience the thrill of zip-lining though the cloud forest canopy*, witness the lava bombs of an active volcano, and watch giant sea turtles lay eggs on their ancestral beaches.  Travel through this amazing country and experience the diversity and wealth of Costa Rica’s cultural and biological resources everyday as you wake up to the chorus of parrots, toucans, howler monkeys and poison arrow frogs at your jungle field station headquarters.  Our focus is on biology, photography, and creating an experience you’ll never forget!  Includes excursions to Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, and Totuguero Turtle Preserve.

Together, we will look beyond our immediate arena and the often cloistered boundaries of the USA to understand how our nation's actions impact other nations and the globe.

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fees:  $TBA (due 3/20/15)
    • Program fee includes field station academic/lodging facilities, cultural excursions, ground transportation, travel insurance and most meals.
  • Tuition: 7 credits; estimated at $588
    • In-state: $84 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $204 per credit hour
    • Registration begins in early March. Tuition due date will be listed in SIS.
  • Registration Fee: $15
  • Estimated Course Fees: ART142 ($35) and BIO105 ($10)
  • Airfare is NOT included - estimated at $780
    • Costa Rica airport exit fee: $29
  • Some meals are NOT included - estimated at $135
  • Textbooks: Estimated at $45
  • Passport Information 

Costa Rica Program Excursions

Costa Rica Program Details

  • The reserve consists of both La Selva's protected environs and the Park which has four major tropical life zones and includes more than 5,000 species of vascular plants, of which more than 700 species are trees.
  • The fauna is similarly diverse with large predators including jaguars, pumas, and bushmasters. Thousands of arthropod species are being currently recorded at La Selva, and more than 400 species of resident and migratory birds have been sighted in the reserve, representing almost half of Costa Rica's bird species. See a map.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Costa Rica provided by CultureGrams™.

Courses Offered (7 credits)

  • ART142: Digital Photography (3 cr); requires $35 lab fee
  • BIO105: Environmental Biology Lec/Lab (4 cr) [SQ]; requires $10 lab fee
  • Classes meet several times prior to departure at MCC Red Mountain between TBA.

Dates to Remember

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Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6 - 6:45 pm
Sept. 10 & 24, 2014
Oct. 8 & 22, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Jan. 28 & Feb. 11, 2015

Thursdays: 1:30 - 2:15 pm

Sept. 11 & 25, 2014
Oct. 9 & 23, 2014
Nov. 6, 2014
Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2015

Southern & Dobson Campus

Int'l Student Lounge

NU-6 Building.

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions.

Download Info Session flyer.

Scholarship Deadline

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Get information on scholarships, grants, and financial aid for study abroad here.

Program Application Deadline

Friday, February 27, 2015

Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Complete online application (coming soon!).

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply early to reserve your place! 

Payment Deadline

March 20, 2015

For scholarship & financial aid opportunities as well as payment guidelines, download the helpful guide: How to Pay for Study Abroad.

Mandatory Orientation

April 11, 2015

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation. There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.