Next offered in January 2022! 

Become fully integrated into the EARTH community and way of life alongside EARTH's full-time undergraduate students from more than 40 countries across Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Through EARTH's experiential learning process, students will gain practical knowledge in rural development, tropical agriculture and sustainability. 

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 offers rigorous undergraduate programs in agricultural sciences and natural resources management with a prestigious, international faculty, providing a world-class scientific and technological education that emphasizes values, ethical entrepreneurship and environmental and social commitment.

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.

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Course Description

Students have the opportunity to take courses in environmental science, organic agriculture, sustainability, community development and Latin American studies, among other offerings. 

In addition to regular classroom lectures, students will also participate in weekly work experience on one of EARTH's four different farms, or a weekly community service experience. 

Four different course options are available for ISEP students each trimester. Due to the cohort nature of the EARTH University program, study abroad students should expect to take all of their courses from one particular track. Further information regarding academic tracks for study abroad students can be found on the EARTH University website

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EARTH University

Founded in 1990, EARTH University’s innovative educational approach prepares young people from Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions, including Africa and Asia, to contribute to the sustainable development of...


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Fields of Study

  • Agriculture: Recommended!

    Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    Latin American Studies

  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Sustainability Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR not required for the following countries: Puerto Rico
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High

Other Academic Conditions

2020 Program Dates:

First Trimester: January 13 - April 25

Second Trimester: May 4 - August 15

Third Trimester: August 31 - November 4

Students can attend EARTH University for a longer period of time (i.e. for a full academic year) by attending consecutive trimesters. Students receive discounted tuition if combining multiple terms. Contact your ISEP Student Advisor to learn more about this option! 

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