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UMD-Summer: Costa Rica: Sustainable Futures (LARC)

Monteverde, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Terms offered: 
Summerterm
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

Costa Rica LARC group
This ten-week summer course of study is designed to offer you the opportunity to live and work on ecological and social projects in a rural, but rapidly developing region in Costa Rica - the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. This multi-disciplinary program is designed for various disciplines, including architecture, planning, landscape architecture, resource management, and international development. You will participate in a seminar on sustainable development, work with community residents on various projects, participate in programs hosted by the Monteverde Institute, enroll in Spanish language classes, and take an intensive studio/internship with one of the many organizations in the Monteverde zone working toward sustainability.  In addition, there will be a series of lectures and field trips to local cooperatives, ecologically managed farms, and various forest reserves.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

You must be a junior, senior, or graduate student to participate in this program.

Only Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, and Civil Engineering majors are eligible to apply.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following UMD courses for a total of twelve (12) credits:

  • LARC 471: Capstone Community Design Studio (5 credits)
  • LARC 451: Sustainable Communities (3 credits)
  • LARC 489C: Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Sustainable Futures in Costa Rica (4 credits)

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

There will be 2 orientation sessions that will be scheduled in the spring 2018 semester.

You will live in homestays with local families.

Costs listed are for summer 2017. Costs for summer 2018 will be updated shortly. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $153
Tuition $6,259
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $1,188
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $8,100
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $400
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $600
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $1,000
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $10,545

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

David Myers, Ph.D, PLA, ASLA  is the Program Director and has over 35 years of interdisciplinary education and experience in landscape architecture, plant science, and biogeography with sustainable design and planning as the central focus of his research, teaching and practice. Dr. Myers has taught at the University of Maryland since 1999 where he is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and Director of University of Maryland Landscape Architecture. He previously served nine years as Director of Digital Studio. Dr. Myers is an Affiliate Faculty Member of National Center for Smart Growth Research. His research and creative activities include issues of sustainable design in suburban residential environments, the application of landscape ecological principles to the built environment, research on compliance in forest easements, GIS greenway planning and envisioning, and conservation design and planning. Dr. Myers has received funding from Chesapeake Bay Trust, Department of Interior -National Park Service, National Capitol Park and Planning Commission: Montgomery County and Prince George's County and the Maryland Department of Environment. His teaching focuses on GIS and greenway design and planning, landscape ethics and environmental and watershed planning, GIS and service learning. His extension and outreach includes service to ASLA and MDASLA.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Collaborate with local colleagues on studio projects identified by the community.
  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture by living in a homestay and interacting extensively with locals.
  • Spanish language instruction
  • Field trips to local cooperatives, ecologically managed farms, and various forest reserves
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/15/2017 03/11/2017 05/28/2017 08/06/2017