Costa Rica—Ag Science & Sustainability
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Costa Rica
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
- While in San Jose for the first segment of the program, you will stay for 6 nights at a small hotel in the capital city, in shared rooms with a bathroom (breakfast is included).
- The first trip will be to Puerto Viejo, an Afro-Caribbean community on the coast, where you will stay for 3 nights in shared rooms in a two-star hotel (breakfast included).
- You will then return to San Jose for three nights before moving on to Boruca where you will have the unique experience of staying in an indigenous reserve for 4 nights. All meals will be included.
- You will then return to San Jose for two nights before moving on to Monteverde. Once in Monteverde, you will be staying in shared cabins on a family-owned and operated coffee farm (breakfast and dinner are both included).
- From there you will travel to Liberia in the northwest reaches of Costa Rica, the Guanacaste province has easy access to some of the country’s most tempting draws – white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and impressive, volcano-studded rainforests.
- The final segment of the program will be hosted again in San Jose for 5 nights. A final farewell group meal on the last night will provide an opportunity to say goodbye to your new friends and classmates.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location(s). Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Meals vary throughout the month (see above description in "accommodations"). When lunch and dinner are not provided, students can purchase food at local markets or enjoy regional dishes in nearby restaurants.
Please download a copy of the course syllabus (on the Courses page) to see a sampling of the field trips and excursions. They are a crucial part of this active program. Visiting the communities and meeting local people make it a truly rewarding and once in a lifetime opportunity!
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Annually Costa Rica attracts more than one million visitors eager to catch a wave, bathe under a waterfall, spot a sloth or otherwise partake of paradise, according to Lonely Planet. Tourism is the country's top source of employment and investment. It's not easy to maintain the delicate balance between preserving natural resources and cashing in on economic opportunity. But most Ticos are proud of their natural heritage, and they recognize that the goals of environmental conservation and economic prosperity are not mutually exclusive. This is the enlightened approach that has earned Costa Rica its reputation as the paradigm of ecotourism. It's no wonder that the Ticos extend such a warm welcome to travelers. This peace- loving people is eager to share - the staggering scenery, the bountiful biodiversity and the complete contentment that comes with pura vida, the 'pure life' of Costa Rica.
Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC). To see today's exchange rate, visit Oanda.com.
Language Spoken: The official and predominant language of Costa Rica is Spanish; the variety spoken there is a form of Central American Spanish. In addition, several Chibchan languages, including Boruca and Bribri, are spoken there.
Bring clothes that you can layer for ease of comfort. There may be some rain showers during your stay, so bring a jacket, poncho or umbrella and appropriate shoes for rain.