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Costa Rica—Ag Science & Sustainability

UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships are academic programs that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating academic coursework with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. This program carries a total of 8.00 quarter units in six weeks. 

Students on Summer Abroad Internship programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements. 

Auditing is not an option. 

*Note: Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in additional unit(s).


Education Abroad (EAP) 180 - Syllabus


Education Abroad (EAP) 180. Education Abroad: Special Topics (2 units)

This 2-unit course is intended as a forum to connect the work students do at their internship to its broader social and cultural context. Through online discussions students will have a community with whom to share their reflections and observations about their internship placements and to explore the significance of interning in an international context. 

Education Abroad (EAP) 192. Internship (6 units, P/NP)

Students will intern 30-32 hours per week at their program site and will be able to receive transcript notation through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.  


Note that beginning/intermediate Spanish skills are required. Many supervisors speak English but you may also be working with people who do not speak English. Summer Internships Abroad will be enforcing the completion of Spanish (SPA) 3 or equivalent before departure. Completion of Spanish 8 is recommended. Prerequisites can only be waived by individualized consent of program coordinator—please contact the program coordinator if you wish to discuss this option. Failure to complete unwaived prerequisites can result in administrative withdrawal and fees owed accordingly. 

SPA 003—Elementary Spanish (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SPA 002 or SPA 002S or SPA 002V or SPA 002Y. Completion of grammar sequence and continuing practice of all language skills using cultural texts. Not open for credit for students who have completed equivalent course SPA 003S, SPA 003V or SPA 003Y. GE credit: AH, WC.


Students will participate in an internship for 30-32 hours per week, spending approximately two weeks in each of the three areas below.  Note that there are two spaces available in each area at any one time so the order of the rotations will vary.

Tropical Crops: Learn about specific stages of production and available technologies, the correct methodology for responsibly using agricultural inputs, and other best practices of production and harvest.

Organic Agriculture: Here you learn efficiency-promoting strategies while employing the techniques of the eco-friendly production gold standards – organic, biodynamic, bio-intensive and permaculture-style agroforestry. This biodiverse farm focuses on how these methods support health and wellbeing throughout the entire production chain. You’ll have the chance to work with crops such as cacao, bananas and plantains, while also learning about the many challenges organic producers face in Latin America and the tropics.

Peri-Urban Agriculture: This internship teaches you how to do a lot with a little, such as how to manage a thriving agricultural operation with limited access to water, nutrients and space. You will work on projects of vertical agriculture, floating-root systems, raised-bed production, recycling agriculture, aquacultures and more.

Learn more about these three farms (PDF).

Internship Placement Process

After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, the program coordinator will send you the link and instructions for completing the required supplemental documents, which include:   

  • Resume
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or employer
  • Cover letter outlining interests and previous experience related to the internship areas

Please prepare supplemental documents at the same time you are completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, but note the resume, letter and EARTH form are not due until after you are enrolled in the program.

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to EARTH. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation examples.