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  • Locations: Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 04/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

Program Overview CIEE Monteverde Summer

Costa Rica is the ideal location in which to study tropical biology and conservation. As a land bridge between North and South America, and with a unique geography and climate, Costa Rica offers a high biodiversity of both species and ecosystems. The country is a center of tropical ecology research and teaching in the Western Hemisphere and a model for the rest of the developing world in conservation; 20% of Costa Rica is composed of extensive national parks and biological reserves. 

Program Focus

The summer Tropical Ecology and Conservation study abroad program in Monteverde, Costa Rica is designed for students with biology-related majors who have completed at least one semester of college-level biology plus one additional semester of college-level biology, ecology or environmental science and who seek intensive, sophisticated tropical field and science course work in Costa Rica from both theoretical and taxonomic perspectives. All courses are taught in English.

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Program Provider CIEE
Program Dates Current CIEE Calendar

Fall Semester with CIEE = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with CIEE = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Spanish
Credits Students enroll in 10 semester credits (15 quarter credits).
Capstone Option There are no capstone options for this program.
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay and Shared Apartments (biological station)
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
Minimum GPA Requirements 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required, though college level Spanish language recommended.
Additional Program Requirements
  • 1 semester of college-level biology
  • 1 additional semester of college-level biology, ecology, or environmental science recommended 
Program Fee Click here to view the CIEE Program Fee

PSU Students receive automatic discounts on CIEE programs!
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 

Program Fee Includes: 

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits