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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: TBA

In Costa Rica: TBA

Credits: 6


Costa Rica 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)

In this program, students will:
  • Learn the basic principles of photography and how to consciously handle a digital camera.
  • Learn the basic principles of photographic composition.
  • Gain a basic notion of Costa Rica's diverse ecological systems and key techniques of 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:

  • A general comprehension of the concepts and issues of tropical ecology.
  • An introduction to Costa Rican ecosystems, climate diversity and biodiversity through field trips and field work in various types of ecosystems: tropical rain forest, tropical dry forest, mountain forest, mangrove forest and coral reef.
  • An opportunity to study the major groups of tropical organisms and their role in their ecosystems.
  • An understanding of 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:

  • A general comprehension of the concepts and issues addressed in marine biology.
  • An understanding of Costa Rican marine ecosystems, biodiversity and environmental issues through field trips and field work in coral reefs, sandy and muddy beaches, mangroves and estuaries.
  • An appreciation for 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.
  • Appreciate 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, just like each person, presents unique 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 from one generation to another has resulted in vernacular architecture that has a lot of useful applications and meanings.
  • Become familiar 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: TBA
- Pre-Departure Orientation: TBA
- Program Costs due by : TBA
- CUNY tuition due by : TBA

 

Costs

Application Fee: $300.00

CUNY TUITION: 6 credits
*Program costs: $2,055.00

Airfare: $500.00

 

*Program cost includes homestays/ housing, meals, excursions, airport pick up, and class materials. Airfare is not included.