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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
fall 2019 02/12/2019 ** 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:
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Housing: On Campus Residence Hall Language Pre-Requisites: Spanish 1
Language of Instruction: English CMC GPA Requirement: 9.0 for Fall Study and 8.5 for Spring Study
Program GPA Requirement: Must meet CMC minimum GPA Internships Available: Internships are not offered on this program.
Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Subjects Offered: Culture, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Independent Study, Spanish
On-site semester-long required language course: Spanish Additional Pre-Requisites: none
Program Description:
Students spend the first month in San José studying at the Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS), then move four hours southwest of San José and two kilometers from the Pacific Ocean to land Pitzer College owns in the tropical rainforest. The  150-acre reserve, known as the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology (FCRE), is home to pre-Columbian petroglyphs, a harvestable bamboo forest, a riparian zone with waterfalls and streams, secondary growth forest in former pasture, intentionally replanted hardwood forest, original rainforest, a four-pond water catchment system, a seedling nursery, and an Ecology Center with science and classroom facilities. With adjacent Hacienda Barú, a wildlife refuge of 800 acres to the west; the ecologically significant Osa Peninsula to the south; and Manuel Antonio National Park to the north, students have ready access to a variety of tropical ecosystems and rich biodiversity.

http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/study-abroad/pitzer-students/costa-rica/