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SFS/ Sustainable Development Studies
Atenas, Costa Rica
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
Restrictions: Brandeis applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2014 02/14/2014 
03/04/2014 TBA TBA
Spring 2015 02/14/2014 
03/04/2014 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Field Study Program
 Program Language(s):
English, Spanish
 Area of Study(s):
Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, International & Global Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Social Justice & Social Policy, Sociology
 Minimum Semesters of Previous Language Study Required:
 Housing Options:
 Experiential Learning Opportunities:
Field Study, Research Project, Volunteering
Highlighted Program: Yes
Program Description:
Program Description 
The School for Field Studies (SFS) Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies Semester program provides the opportunity for students to examine the effects of globalization on classic development issues such as agriculture, biodiversity protection, economic development, urban sprawl, population growth, waste management, and water resources. 
Costa Rica is currently undergoing a period of rapid economic and social change. As this resource-rich, wonderfully biodiverse country continues along a path of rapid development, it is increasingly influenced by global policy, such as the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and foreign markets. Costa Rica's economy has shifted from one based chiefly on agriculture to one driven by ecotourism and technology exports. At the same time, rapid rural-to-urban conversion is straining natural resources in ecologically fragile areas.

Brandeis Specific Information

Insurance: Students participating in this program will be automatically enrolled in the Brandeis CISI insurance plan. For more information, please visit our website.

Application Process:

Students wanting to apply to this program must submit two applications:
  1. to the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website in order to obtain more information about internal application process, advising hours, academic credit, and financial aid transfer.
  2. to the external program listed above. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website for more information on commonaly asked questions about the external application process like deadlines, program approval forms, paying deposits, etc...

Scholarship Details:

Students interested in learning more about (other) study abroad scholarship opportunities should visit the scholarship section of the Brandeis study abroad website.
*Please note that all information is subject to change. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.