The School for Field Studies program in Costa Rica (Sustainable Development Studies) is well-suited for students who want a hands-on study abroad program that examines issues of sustainable development in Central America. Located on a small farm in the hills of the Central Valley of Costa Rica, the program looks at models for protecting the country's biodiversity and the economic viability of organic agriculture there. 

Faculty Director:

Professor Delbert Hutchison

Fields of study:

Tropical ecology, resource management and environmental studies


Completion of at least one college-level ecology or environmental science

Language Prerequisite:

One college-level Spanish course

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


September-December; February-May


18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Tropical Ecology and Sustainable Development (4 credits)
Principles of Resource Management (4 credits)
Economic and Ethical Issues and Sustainable Development (4 credits)
Directed Research (4 credits)
Language, Culture and Society of Costa Rica (2 credits)


Rustic student residence at SFS Center with up to four students per room


Provided by SFS at their Center




SFS Financial Aid

Program Link:

SFS: Costa Rica Sustainable Development Studies