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  • Locations: Arenal, Costa Rica; Heredia, Costa Rica; Jaco, Costa Rica; Limon, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San José, Costa Rica; Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class/Credit Status: 03 Junior, 04 Senior Areas of Study: Hospitality Studies, Sports/Entertainment/Event Management, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Travel-Tourism & Hospitality Management
Program Model: JWU Faculty-Led Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Preliminary Itinerary | Group Size | Academic Overview | Academic Format | Faculty Leader
Sample Excursions | Housing | Meals | Flights | Student Conduct | Orientation
Where Rugged Meets Responsible: Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica
PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itinerary subject to change)
June 4; June 4-6 Arrive San Jose; San Jose
June 6-8 Limón
June 8-11 Sarapiqui - Tirimbina Biological Reserve
June 11-13 Monteverde
June 13-16 Jaco
June 16-17 Heredia
June 17 Depart Program

24 Students
This is a physically active and comprehensive program. After meeting in the capital city of San José, travel to Tortuguero in the northeast of the country for a unique experience with nature, then spend a few days studying at the Tirimbina Rainforest Center, hiking the rainforest and studying both eco and sustainable tourism with JWU faculty and local Costa Rican professors. Field work and excursions include pineapple, coffee, and black pepper tours as well as horseback riding and river rafting adventures. The group then embarks on a magnificent journey visiting three different regions: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, and Jaco. Academic excursions range from learning the intricate relationships of Ecofarms to building sustainable businesses around volcanic hot springs and the rich rainforest canopies. While in Costa Rica, learn about the heritage of Sarchi’s oxcart factory. Try zip-lining, watch humming birds, and walk along hanging bridges.  

Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 4.5 quarter hours
The specific course on this program is listed in the "Courses Offered" link above.

Student Status: 
Must demonstrate you are a current Johnson & Wales University student or a matriculating student at another academic institution.

Academic content is delivered by the program host, a JWU faculty member and guest lecturers. A faculty member from JWU serves as the program faculty leader and coordinates pre-departure information, travels with the group, coordinates with local hosts, and assigns the final grade for the program course.

The faculty leader will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

Learning on study abroad programs occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 50-60 hours per week. Activities include traditional classroom lectures, labs, industry visits, cultural excursions, and group meals. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.
Stephen Pyle

Costa Rica volcano SAMPLE EXCURSIONS
Tortuguero National Park
Nature walks in the rain forest
Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall
Hummingbird and butterfly gardens
Coffee plantations for agro-tourism
Self-sufficient Ecofarms
Manuel Antonio National Park

Tourist class hotels, double occupancy, private bathrooms. Sheets and towels provided.

1-2 meals/day, plus a welcoming reception and farewell dinner.

Flight parameters are set by Study Abroad to accommodate group logistics. Do not purchase any flight until the specific parameters are communicated to you via your Study Abroad ULearn site, usually 4 months prior to departure.

You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure meetings vary according to the program model and typically include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These meetings may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.