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  • Locations: Guanacaste, Costa Rica; La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Liberia, Costa Rica; San Isidro de Penas Blancas, Costa Rica
  • Program Time Abroad: Winter Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: Faculty Led Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Area: Agriculture and Life Sciences Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Course Term: Spring Click here for a definition of this term Language courses available: No
Click here for a definition of this term Language of instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Program Leader: David Walther (, Gary Wingenbach (
Click here for a definition of this term Primary Contact: Corinne Beverly ( Academic Department: Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
Program Description:

A&M Costa Rica Culture in Agriculture & Natural Resources

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Gary Wingenbach
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

Mr. David Walther
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

Study Abroad Advisor

Corinne Beverly

Students at Soltis Center
Costa Rica ziplining
Costa Rica milking cow
Students at Arenal Park
COALS students working


December 29, 2019 - January 11, 2020
San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica

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 perspectives and broadens your knowledge of an international society. Costa Rica's abundant variety of plants, animals, foods, agricultural practices, and cultural customs and traditions facilitate teaching and learning of cultural pluralism in agriculture. Explore Costa Rica with a nighttime rainforest hike, volcano Arenal hike, zip-line adventure, fishing, exploring waterfalls, floating the river, viewing exotic animals and birds, and swimming in thermal hot springs. Also, experience sandy beaches at a world-class resort.

All students are required to take at least 3 credit hours, but are strongly encouraged to take 6 hours, to participate on this program. Some coursework and/or class meetings occur before program departure and continue (course assignments only) into spring semester. 
  • ALED 422 : Cultural Pluralism in Agriculture ( 3 cr.)
  • ALED 485 : Directed Studies ( 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
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $2,750
Lodging and Meals $1,550  
Excursions and Cultural Site Visits $230  
In-Country Transportation $200  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
Misc $25  
Insurance $20  
Faculty Expenses $325  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $975
Tuition and fees  included in Spring Tuition  
International Airfare $700  
Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed) $155  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $100+  
Textbooks and Supplies $20+  
Personal Spending varies  
Total Estimated Cost $3,725+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
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Additional Information 

Program Courses

Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.


Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here: or visit for walk-in advising. 

College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs.  These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:

Students participating in ALEC study abroad programs may be eligible for an International Academic Scholarship. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and participating in a high-impact study abroad or international exchange program. 

Financial Aid
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.  Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:

Program Payment

Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed on the brochure will be due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. fall and spring for summer programs). The Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office in 3 payments: 
  1. $400 non-refundable Confirmation Payment
  2. $1,000 Program Deposit
  3. Remaining Program Balance
Note: additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).  
Fees August 1st Confirmation
Payment Timeline
October 1st Confirmation
Payment Timeline
$400 Confirmation Fee Due Within 2 Weeks of Confirmation Due Within 2 Weeks of Confirmation
$1,000 Program Deposit Posts to Fall Billing Statement. 
Installment Due Dates:
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
Due October
Remaining Program Fee Due November
Learn more about the university's installment plan here

This program is currently not accepting applications.