Costa Rica

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Trip Highlights
Estimated Cost
Payment Plan
Faculty Leader

Trip Highlights

Scroll through the presentation below to see the trip at a glance:

Costa Rica Study Abroad


BSC 2050.01 - Energy and Ecology in Costa Rica

GEO2200C Physical Geography

PCB 2930 Special Topics (Pre-requisites to take this class: Core Biology I (BSC2010), Core Biology II (BSC2011), Energy and Ecology (BSC 2050), Animal Behavior (ZOO 1530), General Zoology (ZOO 2010), and General Botany (BOT 2010) )

Estimated Cost

The program fee for the study abroad program to Costa Rica will cover:

  • Round-trip airfare from Florida to Costa Rica
  • All in-countries transportation
  • Most meals and accommodations in-country
  • Tours, museums, and other activity fees
  • International Insurance


The cost may vary based on the number of students who sign up, exchange rates, and other variables. Changes are likely to be less than $200.

Estimated costs not included in program fee:
Tuition $320 (3 credits)
Books Unknown
Passport $165
Visas N/A
Other $70
Immunizations See info below

Read through the Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy to understand payment expectations. This policy will accompany the Study Abroad Application form that you must fill out and sign to join a program.


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Payment Plan

The payments expected for the program will follow the calendar below.

Amount Due Date
$125 (deposit + application fee) Due with application
$1,750 November 4, 2016
$675 January 31, 2017

Payment dates are subject to change. Participants will be informed via email if changes occur. To make a payment, go to the Cashier's Office in the Northwest Campus. The Cashier's Office accepts payments in cash, by check and by credit card. You can make your payments over the phone. More info here . If you are not able to make a payment according to the dates assigned by Santa Fe College's International Education Office, it may still be possible for you to join the program; however you will likely incur increased costs.


In order to apply for this Study Abroad program and to Santa Fe College Study Abroad Scholarships please click here

Dates and Tentative Itinerary

Trip Dates: March 4-12, 2017

Faculty Leaders

Denise Guerin

Denise Guerin's graduate work involved the study of the distribution of vegetative communities in regard to fire and soil types.  Prof. Guerin has spent an enormous amount of time hiking, camping and traveling in the US and neighboring countries.  Costa Rica is a unique setting for studying terrestrial biodiversity and ecology due to its varied altitude and location between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Over the past 25 years Prof. Guerin has taught ecology and led research projects relating to ecology or animal behavior.  She led study abroad and research programs in the Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, and  Puerto Rico.


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Heidi Lannon

Prof. Lannon holds a Ph.D., Geography and Urban Planning, Master of Public Administration and Coastal Management, BSc, Hons. Environmental Science. She was raised in Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean, and is a citizen of Great Britain.  She attended University in Northern Ireland, and conducted research abroad in France and Spain. Prof. Lannon has taught Cultural and World Regional Geography at Santa Fe College.  She has taken students in the field as a component of teaching Physical Geography.  She has coled study abroad programs in Costa Rica,  Ghana, West Africa, Ecuador, France, Italy, England, Ireland and Wales.