The RCAH Program on Sustainability in Costa Rica


Time Frame:
Spring 2019
Summer 2019


Costa Rica


Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

The groundbreaking RCAH Program on Sustainability in Costa Rica reaches from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the mountains and archipelagos of Costa Rica and Panama’s Caribbean coast. In one semester, participants are trained for international leadership in sustainable community and organizational development.

The program works with famed Spanish immersion school Conversa and a network of community and indigenous leaders, scientists, artists, and others driving Costa Rica’s response to climate change and commitment to renewable energy and carbon neutrality.


  • develop at least conversational fluency in Spanish via eight weeks of intensive training.
  • build foundational knowledge and experience in sustainable development, and community leadership hands on with local development organizations.
  • connect with Costa Rica’s rich culture and history
  • complete publishable work using the latest community research practices.
  • gain 16 or more transferable college credits from one of the top research universities in the world.

Application Deadlines: Rolling

Tuition: 16 credits; cost will vary by student status

Estimated program cost: $4,400

Additional on-site out-of-pocket cost: $2,800

Contact: Email ( or call (313-652-0333) Vincent Delgado for more information

Upcoming info sessions, pizza lunches, and planning sessions:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: 7-9 pm RCAH Costa Rica Spring 2018 Planning Session: Academics; MSU Zoom Video Conference Link:
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