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  • Locations: Aranjuez, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Winter/Jan Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter/Jan Term 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Discipline of Study: Biology, Clinical Lab Science, College Honors, Cultural Studies, Environmental Science/Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Law and Society, Public Policy, Sustainability Studies Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Options: Guest House Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 1st year (Freshman), 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior), Graduate student Program Type: Study
Program Description:

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Roukema Center for International Education
Office of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs

COSTA RICA: Wildlife Conservation

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  • Location: Aranjuez de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

  • Credits: 2 credits

  • Disclaimer: All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.


Course Description (INTL 130)

This is a short-term study abroad course in which students will visit Costa Rica, be introduced to the social and geographic context of the country and explore issues of environmental challenges and sustainability. Students will participate in a number of pre-travel meetings in preparation for the experience, as well as a few post-travel meetings to synthesize their experiences. While in country, students will engage in service learning in a wildlife conservation project, which entails learning directly from members of the organization that they are visiting.

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  • Work alongside conservation workers in their daily tasks

  • Interact with endangered, threatened, endemic and exotic animal species

  • Complete a project in support of the local organization

  • Visit multiple ecological zones

  • Visit the beach, river tour and zip lining


Students will reside in volunteer accommodations on-site. All meals will be prepared and served on-site. During the excursion day, all meals are arranged and included in the program.

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Program fee for NJ Residents: $1,850

Program fee includes: round-trip international airfare; comprehensive pre-departure and on-site orientation; health & security insurance; on-site accommodations; all meals; all excursions and entrance fees; and in-country program transportation.
Program fee does not include: US airport transfers; personal expenses

Payment Timeline

  Application Deadline

Oct. 1

  Commitment &
 $500 Deposit (non-refundable)

Oct. 15

  Payment #1: $450

Nov. 1

  Payment #2: $450

Nov. 15

  Payment #3: $450

Dec. 1

Late Fees : A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office.
Note : There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.


Scholarships are available for eligible applicants:

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Professor Sandra Suarez


The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533