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  • Locations: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: SC - Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Jefferson - East Falls Campus applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Dorm/Residence Hall
Internship Opportunities: No Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits: 3 Program Type: Faculty-Led program
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: C-DEC, C-SHLA, Environmental Sustainability, Health & Science Programs, Industrial Design Class Status: 4th Year, 5th Year, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
This program runs every other year (next expected run in December 2020)
The Costa Rica Winter Term Short Courses offer two courses which travel together and collaborate on projects.  Students choose to participate in just one of these courses, but the classes often work and learn together.

Dates: Dec 28th 2017 - Jan 8th, 2017

Destination: Santa Rosa National Park and nearby locations in Costa Rica

Program Fee: $3,200-$3,500 (the exact cost will be assessed once enrollment numbers are known in mid-October).  This program fee includes all transportation, all lodging, all meals, and all admissions to class activities and excursions.  Students are responsible only for souvenirs and any free-time activities.  Tuition for the course will be part of your Spring semester load.  As long as your Spring load (with this class included) is at or under 18.5 credits, you will not pay additional tuition.

Deposit: A $250 deposit is required during the application process (instructions for payment are provided in the application process).  Failure to pay your deposit on time will mean that you will not be guaranteed a spot.

Applicant Pool: Each of these classes are designed for students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years at PhilaU.  Each course has prerequisites that you must complete before taking the course in Costa Rica. 

Choice of Classes: You must sign up for only one of these two classes. Consult with your academic advisor and with the faculty members teaching these classes to make the best decision.

CHOICE 1: BIOL-308 Tropical Field Studies in Costa Rica  Prof. Jeff Klemens (
This course satisfies an upper-level advanced Biology elective.  The emphasis will be on tropical ecology and issues associated with the preservation of biodiversity and will immerse students in the diverse ecosystems of the Neotropics, including visits to coral reefs, mangroves, tropical dry forest, rainforest, and cloud forest, and will explore issues associated with the preservation of these habitats.  Students will apply field methods in biology by working to develop hypotheses and collect and analyze data at several of the sites visited.  Please contact Prof. Klemens for more details on pre-requisites and the course content.  

Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL 104 or permission of Prof. Klemens.

CHOICE 2: INDD-3XX: Biomimicry for Industrial Design  Prof. Lyn Godley (
Course Description During this Study Abroad Short Course, Students are introduced to the principles of Biomimicry; the practice of looking at nature in different ways to inspire innovation based on the processes that take place naturally in nature. Designs are conceived as the result of close contact between students and research in the National Park, and outlying communities of Costa Rica. Research is conducted in the field and shared within the classroom to enhance the understanding of the biological ecosystems as a source of inspiration for solutions in the human world. In short, they will learn to derive inspiration from the natural world and use this to create innovative solutions for the built world

Prerequisites: INDD-201 and DECSYS

Before applying, be sure you have decided which of these two courses you want to sign up for.

This program is currently not accepting applications.