The Program on Sustainability in Costa Rica


Time Frame:
January 9 – May 5, 2017
& Fall 2017 (dates TBA)


Costa Rica


Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

The Program on Sustainability in Costa Rica will connect undergraduate students to RCAH’s Costa Rican network of leaders, policy makers, scientists, community developers, artists and others working on the nation’s response to climate change and its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2021.

MSU students will spend two months in intensive Spanish study and consider Costa Rica’s ethics and culture of sustainability while training in the latest community-based research and civic engagement practice. Then, in a new model for residential experience, students will explore, live in and engage select rural or indigenous communities – from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the coastal mountains of the Caribbean. These innovative student-community learning circles will form the basis of participatory research programs to develop and disseminate solutions to sustainable community-based development challenges. The first spring semester 2017 courses, developed together with other MSU colleges, are open to all enrolled undergraduate students and fulfill many RCAH and MSU requirements, including language, civic engagement and others – at a relatively affordable price for food, lodging and travel. A first-year-student semester program is under development for fall 2017.

Take part in an online info session about the RCAH Program on Sustainability in Costa Rica by following the links below on Thursday, March 16, or Friday, March 17:

Click on the links above and you will be prompted on how to enter the session. You can do it from anywhere you have an internet connection. Each session will last about 1 to 2 hours, and will provide additional details about the semester-long programs scheduled for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Program Details

  • Estimated program fee: $4,430
  • Estimated airfare: $450 - $550
  • U.S. Passport fee: $110
  • Tuition: 16 credits required
  • Contact: E-mail Vincent Delgado for more information and to apply


RCAH Courses

  • 8 cr. Spanish (SPN 101, 102, 201, 202, 290, 490)
  • 8 cr. RCAH coursework (RCAH 203, 292A/B, 395)

Proposed MSU Courses

  • 8 cr. MSU-required courses (IAH and ISS) are under development
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