This program offers five intensive summer sessions, each exploring a unique approach to sustainability. Students will receive three U.S. academic credits for each 14-day course session. Join international peers, research partners and renowned professors to learn about critical global sustainability issues and gain access to projects and practices employed on EARTH University’s campus, as well as at numerous notable sites throughout Costa Rica! 

Founded in 1990, EARTH University’s innovative educational approach prepares its students to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries and construct a prosperous and just society. EARTH University’s campus is located approximately halfway between the capital city of San José and the Caribbean port city of Limón, in the heart of the tropical Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. The 8,342-acre campus includes classrooms, laboratories, sustainable academic farms, sporting and recreational facilities, chief operational offices, student and faculty residences, a commercial banana plantation, reforested areas and a large, protected rainforest reserve. Since the academic and residential buildings are located around six kilometers (almost four miles) from the main entrance, you will find almost everything you need on campus. Summer Session students will spend some of the program living on the EARTH University campus, but will also spend time traveling around the country for their co-curricular field visits. 

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Course Description

Sustainable Summer Session course descriptions and syllabi can be found below. All courses are two weeks in length and involve lectures, participatory activities and field visits.

Interested students are encouraged to register for multiple sessions. Please select your program length below (two, four, six, eight or ten) based on how many consecutive two-week sessions you plan to attend.  Your specific session/course selections will be finalized when you complete your ISEP Course Request List. Contact your ISEP Student Advisor with any additional questions.

2020 Session-Specific Dates: 

Session One: Tropical Forest Carbon Management

     Arrival on May 10 - Departure on May 23

Session Two: Making Agriculture Sustainable 

     Arrival on May 24 - Departure on June 6 

Session Three: Engaging Rural Communities 

     Arrival on June 14 - Departure on June 27

Session Four: Tackling Environmental Issues

     Arrival on June 28 - Departure on July 11 

NOTE: Session Five will not be offered Summer 2020

Session Five: Food, Energy and Water Systems 

     Arrival on July 12 - Departure on July 25 

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Maggie Montgomery 703-504-9991 | MMontgomery@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture: Recommended!

    Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture International Agriculture

  • Engineering:

    Agricultural Engineering Water Resources Engineering

  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Forestry Sustainability Studies

  • Physical Sciences Recommended!

    Hydrology and Water Resources Science

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

    Anthropology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Other Academic Conditions

Interested students are encouraged to register for multiple sessions. Students participating in multiple sessions will receive a discount for each additional session.

Please select your program length below (two, four, six, eight or ten weeks) based on how many consecutive two-week sessions you plan to attend.  Your specific session/course selections will be finalized when you complete your ISEP Course Request List. Contact your ISEP Student Advisor with any additional questions.

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