Costa Rica

Summer 2025

The focus of this 3-week seminar will be on the intersection of the environment and human populations. A recurring theme will be the impact of climate change and how environmental sustainability in Costa Rica is approached differently from in the US.

For years, Costa Rica has consistently invested in sustainable practices alongside development and modernization, pushing it to the forefront of the global effort for a new way of life. Over 90% of its electricity comes from renewable sources, with the goal of becoming a net-zero emission economy by 2050. The tourism industry in Costa Rica centers on responsible environmental practices including the widespread preservation of natural territory, biodiversity, and the use of renewable resources.

Hosted by Finca EcoGuardianes, a sustainable farm located in the cloud forest, our learning will be shaped by engaging with locals in various ecosystems who have seen climate impacts in their areas, from high and low-altitude rain forests to a volcanic crater lake. We will be introduced to some ways hunting, fishing and agriculture are changing, particularly for coffee production. Students will also engage with Tico culture through brief homestays, as well as opportunities for cooking classes, traditional music or dance, zip-lining, and visits to a local church or volunteering at an immigrant center.

*Optional 3 weeks of Spanish language (3SH) study before the intercultural course dates; arranged on request.

Seminar Leaders

Daniel Showalter, Math & Computer Science, and Jooyeon Kim

Approximate Dates

May 25-June 15*

Estimated Cost

$4,500 - includes Tuition, Room & Board and Travel

Course Title

ICSSC 201 Intercultural Social Science: Costa Rica 3 SH


  • Routine – MMR, DPT series with last booster within 10 years, IPV or OPV, Hepatitis A, Hep B, Influenza and Covid-19 as required for EMU enrollment.
  • In an effort to maximize the safety of our hosts and our students, EMU Intercultural Programs requires all employees and students who plan to travel for intercultural immersion, both domestic and international, to have completed their vaccination regimen for COVID-19 more than 14 days before travel. This requirement is one of the standard immunizations required for enrollment, effective Mar. 1, 2021.
  • Typhoid 

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.

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