Name of program:

The Role of Ecotourism in Sustaining Ecosystems in Costa Rica



Paquera, Montezuma, Playa Grande and Monteverde, Costa Rica


David Kronk, HPER,
Janel Crooks, U.S. Forest Service

Course(s) and eligibility:

4-credit Winter 2014 course: RE495X - Ecology and Ecotourism of Costa Rica. Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, good academic and disciplinary status at time of program travel.

Term and approximate travel dates:

Winter 2014 semester, with travel to occur December 28, 2013 - January 10, 2014.

Application deadline: 

Admissions on a rolling basis; final deadline, September 15, 2013. To apply, download FLSA application from International Programs website: or pick up form from IPO office in 145 Whitman. A $400 deposit is required to secure your admission to the program.

Program snapshot:




This course will introduce students to a variety of ecosystem methods used to manage Costa Rican protected land areas in a sustainable way. Students will visit dry forests, cloud forests, tidal pools and beach ecosystems while learning the biology and ecology of these areas, as well as the impact of ecotourism.

Estimated cost:


Financial assistance:

For information on individual eligibility for NMU financial assistance, contact Financial Aid at 227-2327.

Interest meetings:


For more information: 

David Kronk, HPER,
Susan Morgan, Coordinator-Education Abroad,