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Study Abroad Programs at City College

CCNY Winter Program Costa Rica

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Dates

Courses for the program are Bi-Modal!

Online: December 2-20, 2014

In Costa Rica: January 6-22, 2015

Credits

6

Costa Rica had had more than a century of democratic tradition and more than 50 years without a military. This was abolished in 1948, and the money that the country saves from not having armed forces is invested in improving the quality of life of its citizens. This contributes to the social peace that makes Costa Rica a welcoming place to visit.  Considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is divided in 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate its visitors.

The Center for International Programs (CIP) at VERITAS offers a wide variety of programs of different lengths in Costa Rica that can be combined and customized for different educational needs.

The Universidad Veritas is a fully accredited university by the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica. The program offers a total immersion concept and stresses academic excellence as well as enabling students to enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer. Founded in 1975, the university was first a private school, but is now an independent institution of higher education with over 1500 students. English elective courses are also available.

Courses

PHOT 2100J Short Term Program Ecological Photography
 
(2 weeks on line / 2.5 weeks in Costa Rica)
20 on line hours, 25 lecture hours, 35 lecture/field session hours (6 credits)

The purpose of this program is for students to:
* Have a clear knowledge of the basic principles of photography to consciously handle a digital photographic camera.
* Have a clear knowledge of the basic principles of photographic composition.
* Have a basic notion of Ecological systems throughout Costa Rica and important issues in relation to photographic exploration.
* Perform basic manipulations through Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.

 
 ENV 3044J Short Term Program Tropical Ecology
 
(2 weeks on line / 2.5 weeks in Costa Rica)
20 on line hours, 25 lecture hours, 35 lecture/field session hours (6 credits)

The purpose of this program is to expose students to:
* General comprehension of the concepts and issues in relation to Tropical Ecology.
* Introduction to Costa Rican ecosystems, climate diversity and biodiversity through field trips and field work in three different types of forests, tropical rain forest, tropical dry forest, mountain forest, páramo, mangrove forest and coral reef.
* Study of the major groups of tropical organisms and their role in their ecosystems
* The importance of human made impacts on natural ecosystems.

 
ENV 3190J Short Term Program Tropical Marine Biology
 
(2 weeks on line / 2.5 weeks in Costa Rica)
20 on line hours, 25 lecture hours, 35 lecture/field session hours (6 credits)

The purpose of this program is to expose students to:
* General comprehension of the concepts and issues addressed in marine biology.
* Costa Rican marine ecosystems, biodiversity and environmental issues through field trips and field work in coral reefs, sandy and muddy beaches, mangroves and estuaries.
* The importance of Integrated Coastal Management.

ARCH 3200J Short Term Program Tropical Architecture
 
(2 weeks on line / 2.5 weeks in Costa Rica)
20 on line hours, 25 lecture hours, 35 lecture/field session hours (6 credits)

The purpose of this program is for students to:
* Understand the need for adequate climatic design.
* Enjoy the form and shape of architecture as a response to climate.
* Study the interesting diversity that we find in the world due to the fact that every place, as each person, presents different characteristics and destinies.
* Find the balance between globalization and local identity.
* Learn from the richest treasure of the poor: their ingenuity. Restricted resources, knowledge of land and climate as well as a rural tradition where domestic construction is passed on from one generation to another, resulted in vernacular architecture that has a lot of useful applications and meanings.
* Familiarize the student with the various contemporary climate-related design currents around the world.

Important Dates (mandatory meetings):

- Interview with Study Abroad: TBA
- Deadline for all Application Materials: October 30, 2014
- Pre-Departure Orientation: November 7th, 2014 at 5:00pm
- Program Costs due by : November 17th, 2014
- CUNY tuition due by : November 24th, 2014

 

Costs

CUNY TUITION FOR 6 credits

Program costs: $2,055.00

Airfare: $500.00

Included: Meals and excursions