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
|Lodging and Meals
|Excursions and Cultural Site Visits
|Study Abroad Admin Fee
|Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee
|Tuition and fees
||included in Spring Tuition
|Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed)
|Meals (those not included in Program Fee)
|Textbooks and Supplies
|Total Estimated Cost
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
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:http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/funding
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: https://uwide.tamu.edu/
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.
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:http://financialaid.tamu.edu/
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:
- $400 non-refundable Confirmation Payment
- $1,000 Program Deposit
- Remaining Program Balance
Note: additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).
||August 1st Confirmation
|October 1st Confirmation
|$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:
|Remaining Program Fee
|Learn more about the university's installment plan here.