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Costa Rica

June 23 - July 7, 2018 (with optional third week to July 14)

Field Biology in the American Tropics—experience for yourself the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America.

  • BIO 128 – Natural History of Selected Areas (3 credit hours)
  • PED 229 – Experience the Out-of-Doors (optional third week, 1-3 credit hours)

Join Dr. Corn visiting parks and biological reserves on the Pacific slope of Costa Rica. The group will go from above the tree line (over 10,000’ elevation) to lowland rain forest to the dry forest and costal mangroves. Students will learn about tropical biology by spending time in, observing, and studying several different Costa Rican biological communities. They will learn the characteristics of the plant formations and their associated faunas.

Because Costa Rica borders on both the Atlantic and the Pacific and is divided by a high mountain chain that attains an elevation of 12,850 feet, it has a remarkably diverse biota including almost 900 species of birds, 350 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 8,000 species of higher plants. About 10% of the known world butterfly fauna occurs in Costa Rica. Of the 38 major tropical plant formations, 14 are represented in the Republic, ranging from lowland deciduous forests and rain forests to paramo on the highest peaks. Finally, the region is of great biogeographic interest because it lies on the isthmian link that made possible the dramatic interchange of biota between the previously separated North and South American continents.

Costa Rica: A Tropical Educational Adventure (PDF)

Cost:  $2,500 ($3,000 including third week)*

*Trip cost subject to change due to unanticipated changes in currency exchange rate, airline and accommodation variations.

Cost Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Double-occupancy housing (additional cost for single occupancy)
  • Most meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Cultural excursions/activities (as arranged for this program)
  • Trip cancellation insurance

Cost Excludes:

  • College of Lake County tuition and fees
  • Passport fees
  • Incidental/personal expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Additional meals
  • Travel medicine

Information Sessions


Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

Apply Online via the Education Abroad Portal

Withdrawal Information: Your deposit and other fees are refundable if you withdraw from the program no later than March 22, 2018. Withdraws must be made in writing and submitted to

Scholarship Information

Study abroad scholarships are available through the Center for International Education for eligible participants. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must have already applied and been accepted to the study abroad program.

Scholarship Deadline: March 22, 2018

View CLC Study Abroad Scholarship information

Faculty Leader

Michael Corn
Professor Emeritus, Biology

Study Abroad Coordinator

Liliana Ware
Academic Operations Manager
Business & Social Sciences Div