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  • Locations: Bocas del Toro, Panama; Cuerici, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Pedro, Costa Rica; San Vito, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Wheaton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall or Dormitory Minimum GPA: 2.85
Areas of Study: Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Class Year: 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Language Study Offered: Spanish Program Features: Independent Field Research
Program Description:

About American Organization for Tropical Studies - Costa Rica 

(Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet in Costa Rica)

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) program in affiliation with Duke University is a non-profit consortium of 64 universities founded in 1963. OTS’s mission is to provide leadership in education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. Students who participate in this program will gain direct exposure to issues in resource management and conservation in Costa Rica and Central America. During visits to several biological stations, students will interact with researchers and graduate students completing doctoral research.

The program begins in San Jose. During the semester students visit three OTS-operated biological stations located in La Selva in the Caribbean rain forest, Palo Verde in the Pacific dry forest, and Las Cruces in a mid-elevation rain forest. 

Program Dates:
Fall Semester: August to December                                                          
Spring Semester: January to late May

Admissions Requirements:
Students must have completed two semesters of college biology and two semesters of college Spanish.

Courses & Credit:
Students enroll in four courses, which earns 4.0 Wheaton credits.
- Fundamentals of Tropical Biology
- Field Research in Tropical Biology 
- Environmental Science and Policy in the Tropics 
- Culture and Language in Costa Rica  

Housing & Board: 
Students live with host families in the beginning of the semester and will stay in dormitory-style housing during the visits to the three biological field stations throughout Costa Rica. Meals are included with host families and in dormitory-style housing at the field stations.
Budget Worksheet:
Click here for the SIT budget worksheet.!
(Estimated personal expenses are available on the OTS Costa Rica website)

Other Items to Note:
- All students accepted to a study abroad program will be assessed a $500 non-refundable confirmation fee at the time of final confirmation of study abroad participation.
- Students are not charged the technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program.
- Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).               

For Wheaton specific questions contact:    
     Center for Global Education
     5  Howard Street
     Wheaton College
     Norton, MA 02766-2322
     508-286- 4950

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** 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.