UNIVERSITY OF COSTA RICA BIOENVIRONMENTAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDY IN ENGLISH

Jesse Fox worldc at sam.neosoft.com
Tue Sep 26 00:03:49 EST 1995


University of Costa Rica / World Class Adventures in Education
General Information



	The University of Costa Rica is now offering a special section of their
bioenvironmental science courses uniquely designed to suit the needs of
English speaking students.  This three month semester course of study will
include Tropical Ecology (4 hours), Natural History of Costa Rica (4 hours),
Biological Diversity \ Conservation (4 hours) and Spanish (4 hours). 
Together with an extensive calendar of field study events this program will
provide students with a broad understanding and a hands on perspective of
the rain forest.  Due to the surrounding environment, this internationally
acclaimed and accredited university is uniquely qualified to provide the
finest level of instruction in this academic field.  According to a system
of classifying vegetation regions introduced by biologist L.H. Holdridge in
1947, Costa Rica has 12 zones, ranging from tidal mangroves to sub-alpine
param, with its stunted dwarf plants high above the timberline.  Each of
the zones is distinctive with diverse natural vegetation and ecosystems. 
This proximal access to Costa Rica's full spectrum of biodiversity
together with the university's high standard of instruction now
provide English speaking students with an unprecedented opportunity to
fully understand the nature of the world's tropical rain forests.

Some of the parks that we will be studying include the following...
  1.  Monteverde Forest Preserve 
  2.  Santa Rosa National Park 
  3.  Palo Verde National Park
  4.  Barra Honda National Park
  5.  Ostional Wildlife Refuge
  6.  Manuel Antonio National Park
  7.  Golfito National Park
  8.  Corcovado National Park
  9.  Rincn de la Vieja National Park
10.  PoE1s National Park
11.  Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
12.  IrazFA Volcano National Park
13.  Arenal National Park

	Students will have a privet room with a Costa Rican family within close
proximity to the University.  The family will provide breakfast, dinner and
laundry service.  For an additional fee lunch can be provided through the
university cafeteria.  There are many other low cost dining options near the
university.  Excursions include all meals and expenses.  Students should
come prepared for extensive out door experiences.	All classes and field
excursions will be conducted by doctored professors.  All credit will
transfer from the University of Costa Rica through its office of
International Affairs and External Cooperation.  The transfer of the credit
as well as how it will apply to the individual student will be reaffirmed
prior to any financial commitment by the student.
	All levels of Spanish courses are provided so that students
can take full advantage of the cultural surroundings.  Not only will
the six credit hours of intensive Spanish add to the amount of
transfer credit a student should have for a full semester but the
opportunity to use the language makes the total experience far more
fulfilling.  It should also be noted that Spanish is spoken in many of
the worlds tropical regions.  Therefore, This ability to communicate
effectively in the Spanish language may be essential for future
tropical study.
	Our natural history (field study) classes will maintain a
fairly liberal time schedule so as to take advantage of the mercurial
characteristics of mother nature.  As some of the excursions may
involve hiking and camping students should have some camping
experience and be aware of the various physical demands involved.
Although our study in the field will be far more adventurous and
interesting than anything a student can find to do on an average
weekend in the US there will still be free time.  When there is time
off from studies students will be able to independently explore any
opportunity that they wish.  During these times students will be on
their own and will be expected to conduct themselves in a mature
manner.  Students should bring enough money to cover any associated
expenses.  $500 should be sufficient.  Costa Rica is known for their
fishing, surfing, beaches, camping, and river rafting 1.
	Applications for admission are available on request.  We will
be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding this
program.  Please leave requests for information at 713-961-3836 or
e-mail questions to (worldc at sam.neosoft.com).

1.  Tuition, fees and matriculation.
2.  Books and supplies
2.  Round trip Airfare from Houston Intercontinental Airport 2
3.  Room and board with a Costa Rican family.
4.  Extensive field trips.
1.  The Reventazn and Pacuare raft trips are included in the cost of the
program as there will be associated course work involved.
2.  Please let us know if you would like us to handle any connecting  
transportation.



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