Costa Rica Summer 2018 / June 16 - July 6

About the Program

In 1948, Costa Rica abolished its military, which redirected its resources to education and infrastructure. As a result, its citizens have enjoyed a more peaceful existence and a higher standard of living than neighboring Central American nations. And, with its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, Costa Rica has emerged as Latin America's flagship nation for nature-based tourism.

This program will include a mix of classroom-based lessons and lessons in the field. Students will take a critical look at varied types of tourism experiences, cultural phenomena, and food-related concerns in class, and try them out, first hand. Students will learn from local experts about medicinal plants, the coffee trade, maintenance of Indigenous tradition, pre-Colombian foods, cultural innovation, and grassroots social movements.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657)278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Program Highlights

  • Earn 6 units of upper division GE credit in HUM 350: Life and Culture in Costa Rica and GEOG 355: Global Cuisines, taught by Dr. Karen Stocker, CSUF
  • Predeparture classes on campus will prepare you to fully immerse yourself in Costa Rican life.
  • Spend 3 weeks in Central America's safest and most progressive countries learning about the lavish culture of Costa Rica.
  • Highlights will include an urban graffiti tour, excursions to Irazú Volcano, urban museums, and a city market, visits with Indigenous artists, hands-on workshops on Indigenous foodways, a guided hike through a famous rain forest preserve that was central to Costa Rica’s early ecotourism and conservation efforts, a zip line adventure, walks across hanging bridges, visits to two women’s cooperatives, a coffee farm, a family-run organic farm with medicinal plant gardens, and more.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657)278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Why I Studied Abroad

"Only one percent of college students study abroad, and I'm so glad that I chose to be one of them. Studying abroad was a dream come true, and being able to support my expectations with some firsthand experience was both a challenge and a reward. If you're truly prepared to immerse yourself in another culture and ingest what it has to offer, it will change you - for the better. I highly recommend that you take the plunge!"

-Kirsten O'Brien, 2016

Photos from CSUF Study Abroad Students

Program Fee & Financial Aid

Program Fee


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to qualifying students. Follow these links to learn more!

Program Advising & Information

Location: Student Success Center, room H-112

Exploration Events and Information Sessions

For more information please contact Jaycee Cover to schedule an appointment at jcover@fullerton.edu or stop by the Student Success Center in room H-112, 8am-5pm M-F.

Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657) 278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu

Photo Credits: Arenal Volcano by BonniesPics, CC BY-SA 3.0. Toucan by Wayne77, CC BY-SA 4.0. Hospital San Juan de Dios, San José by Rodtico21, CC BY-SA 4.0. Iglesia de la Merced, San José by Rodtico21, CC BY-SA 4.0. Iguana by Roy Luck, CC BY 2.0. Savegre River by Rodtico21, CC BY-SA 4.0.

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