Costa Rica: Sustainability of Tropical Agroecosystems

Journey to lush, wild Costa Rica, a country rich in biodiversity, to explore the role of sustainability in the coexistence of agriculture and native ecosystems.
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About the Program

During this three-week field course, you’ll experience Costa Rica’s rainforest, cloud forest, dry forest, coastal and volcanic ecosystems. You’ll visit small- and large-scale, homegrown and hightech agricultural operations to gain an appreciation for the diverse agricultural products that come from this tropical country and see the effects of climate and geography on ecology and agriculture.

Interact with local producers on an array of agricultural operations to learn about the challenges they face, the practices and systems they use on their farms and the role of sustainability. You’ll explore coffee, pineapple and banana operations and get an overview of sugarcane, cassava, papaya, corn and rice grown in this picturesque country. The course also covers germplasm and biodiversity conservation; integration of animals into cropping systems, specifically rotational grazing and beef; and ecotourism and sustainable development — marine resource conservation and community involvement.

International Travel Scholarship

Application Closed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
International travel scholarships for $800 are available to support CAES student travel to study abroad programs and international internship programs. Students may apply in one of two application cycles, according to their departure date. Students departing on an international program during the current fall semester or spring semester of the following year should apply between August 1 - November 1. Students departing during the Maymester or summer semester should apply between December 1 - March 1. Applications received by the deadline date will be given full consideration.

Additional Scholarships for International Travel

There are several scholarships available for international travel through the CAES Office of Global Programs.

Quick Facts

Dates: TBD

Estimated Program Fee: $2900 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: CRSS 4931/6931

Application Deadline: TBD

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Program Contact

Wayne Parrott Professor
Crop & Soil Sciences Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)