Costa Rica

San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica

January 2-15, 2022

 The 2022 program is now available, click here!


This program focuses on diversity of people and culture as it relates to United States’ and international agriculture. Importance is placed on living and working in a global, pluralistic society, and developing communicative approaches for solving technical and social problems.

This program helps you gain cultural perspective and broadens your knowledge of an international society. Costa Rica’s abundant variety of plants, animals, foods, agricultural practices, and cultural customs and traditions greatly facilitate the teaching and learning of cultural pluralism in agriculture. Explore Costa Rica with a nighttime rainforest hike, volcano Arenal hike, zip-line adventure, fishing for dinner, splashing under waterfalls, floating the river, viewing exotic animals and birds, and swimming in thermal hot springs. Experience black sand beaches and a world-class resort.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

Scholarship Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

        Costs: ~$3000.00

Faculty Leader:

Dr. Gary Wingenbach,

Study Abroad Advisor:

       Amaris Vázquez Vargas,, 979.845.0544

Credit: All students are required to take at least three hours, but are encouraged strongly to take six credit hours, to participate in this program. Some coursework and/or class meetings occur before program departure and continue (course assignments only) into spring semester.

ALED 422:  Culture Pluralism in Agriculture ( 3 cr.)

ALED 485:  Directed Studies – Costa Rica (3 cr.)


  • Open to ALL majors with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • No prerequisites required
  • Students must attend all Study Abroad program-specific meeting(s)


  • Arenal Volcano hike
  • Night walk in the rainforest
  • River float, hot springs, zip lines, and waterfalls



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