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Fact Sheet:
Housing Type: Homestay Class Status: 2. Sophmore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 3.0
Areas of Study: Environmental Science Meal Plan: Full Meal Plan
Application Cancellation/Withdrawal Fee: $50
Program Description:

In a partnership with API (Academic Programs International), students will study at The Instituto San Joaquin de Flores in San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica. Designed specifically for study abroad students, this program allows students to see the incredible beauty and biodiversity of Costa Rica while learning about the country's efforts to promote sustainability. Courses are taught in English by faculty from the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, each of whom have fieldwork experience in different areas of Costa Rica's natural environment. Students will also have the opportunity to learn Spanish by enrolling in a beginning Spanish course, and their semester will culminate in with a four-week internship.


San Joaquin de Flores is quaint colonial town located ten miles from San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. Students can expect a slower paced lifestyle, which allows for a deeper integration into the culture and community, and will have access to historic landmarks and buildings from the 18th century. Thirteen national parks and six biological preserves are located in Costa Rica, where students will have the opportunity to observe and learn about a vast number of plant, animal, butterfly and bird species. 


Students will complete 15 credits while at The Instituto San Joaquin de Flores, which consists of four academic courses and the completion of a four-week internship. 

Students will enroll in the following four courses, each worth three (3) Endicott credits. Endicott equivalents are listed in parentheses. 
  1. Beginner or Intermediate Spanish for Environmental Studies (SP 1XX or SP 2XX)
  2. Marine Biology (BIO 226)
  3. Tropical Ecology and Ecotourism (ENV 2XX)
  4. Socio-Environmental Perspectives of Costa Rica (IST 2XX)
Students will complete their internship, worth three (3) Endicott credits, in one of the following environmental themes:
  1. Turtle protection
  2. Rehabilitation of wild animals
  3. Species cataloging
  4. Protected areas conservation
  5. Beach cleaning
Students with an advanced level of Spanish are eligible to enroll in other courses offered by The Instituto San Joaquin de Flores. Students who feel they are able to do this will work directly with Academic Programs International (API) and The Insituto San Joaquin de Flores. 

The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows: 
  •  Arrival Date: January 6, 2018
  • Orientation: TBA
  • Classes Start: TBA
  • Mid-Term Exams: TBA  
  • Classes End: TBA
  • Final Exams: TBA
  • Departure Date: May 12, 2018

The Fall 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
  • Arrival Date: August 20, 2018
  • Orientation: TBA
  • Classes Start: TBA
  • Mid-Term Exams: TBA
  • Classes End: TBA
  • Final Exams: TBA
  • Departure Date: December 15, 2018
*Students are advised to confirm all arrival and departure dates in their API student portal prior to booking flights, as dates may change.

Students in San José live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with or without children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. Students may be housed with other API study abroad students or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Students are provided with three meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.

Housing Deposit

Once accepted, students must submit a $275 housing deposit directly to API through their online student portal. A portion of this deposit is retained for maintenance fees following the conclusion of the program, and students are eligible to receive the remainder as a refund barring any damages to their housing. 

Student Life

Students in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies program will participate in an extensive amount of excursions, which are designed to provide an in-depth exposure to Costa Rica's biodiversity. Students will begin their program with a two-week travel period to a variety of sites in the Central Valley and Pacific Coastal Regions, and will have day and weekend trips throughout the semester. Some of the locations students may travel to include:
  • Paso de Las Lapa
  • Cerro de la Muerta
  • Parque Marino Puntarenas
  • Volcan Poas
  • Bocas del Toro, Panama
  • Granada, Nicaragua
Health and Safety

All students will travel abroad with GeoBlue international health insurance, which is purchased by the College. Students will receive an electronic and hard copy of their insurance card, and should a doctor's visit (commonly referred to as hospital visit abroad) be necessary, they should reach out to their on-site study abroad coordinator/resident director. Students will be required to contact GeoBlue prior to their appointment, unless of course in the case of an emergency, and should follow the procedures outlined here. 

Students are also encouraged to register themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency. 

For additional health and safety tips, please visit our Health & Safety link on our main page. 

Student Visas

Students studying in Costa Rica are not required to obtain a visa. With assistance from API, students will uphold a Tourist status for the duration of the semester by participating in out-of-country excursions.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.