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  • Locations: San Ramón, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/14/2022 05/13/2022

** 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 OverviewUSAC San Ramon

The San Ramón program is designed for science majors interested in learning more about health, ecology, and conservation biology in Costa Rica. You may stay for one semester, a full year and/or a four week summer session (session II), and choose from courses in tropical ecology, tropical marine biology, conservation biology, environmental policy, and other life science topics within Costa Rica.

Program Focus

You will be able to augment your regular coursework by enrolling in several related field study courses that give you hands-on experience in the subjects mentioned above. Costa Rica is well known for its extraordinary natural beauty and biodiversity, preserved in its many national parks and reserves, and it is at the forefront of the ecotourism movement. With approval from your university honors program, you also will be able to receive honors credit for certain courses. 

The San Ramón program is also complemented by courses in Spanish Language (you may complete up to one year of Spanish language per semester) and Culture or Area Studies. However, these academic courses are only part of the value of the program. Participation in formal and informal activities also provides valuable learning experiences and interaction with the local culture. These activities include cultural events, village festivals, and field trips around San José, to the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the rain forest, nature reserves, to parliament, and governmental entities.

PSU students can participate in the summer session II program, earning 3 to 6 semester credits (5 to 9 quarter credits). Take advantage of this study abroad opportunity, and learn how studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning  experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom—because you will be in a different place. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are; use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. This program offers courses from diverse academic areas, including Spanish Language, Literature, Life and Health Sciences, and Cultural Studies. You can even take a Dances of Latin America as an elective physical education course. 

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Program Provider USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium
Program Dates Current USAC Calendar

Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = 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
  • Community Health
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Studies
  • General Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Latin Cultural studies
  • Marine-Ocean Sciences
  • Spanish
Credits Fall: Students enroll in 12 to 18 semester credits (18 to 27 quarter credits).
Spring: Students enroll in 12 to 18 semester credits (18 to 27 quarter credits).
Summer: Students enroll in 3 to 6 semester credits (5 to 9 quarter credits).
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Additional Program Requirements A minimum of one year of general biology is required for students interested in heath, ecology, and conservation biology;
Preference Given: Health and Science Majors
Program Fee Click here to view the USAC Program Fee
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.