Study Abroad / Saint Mary's Programs

Costa Rica

Biology Travel Study

Short-term Study Abroad Program—2017

B481 – This program focuses on social, political, economical, healthcare, and environmental aspects of Costa Rica. Prior to traveling abroad, students will have shared readings and discussions throughout the semester. In Costa Rica, students will observe, first hand, the topics covered in the classroom.

Travel Dates

May 17 – May 31, 2017


May 17: Depart United States

May 18: Orientation with Vida Volunteer

May 19: Vida Volunteer Family Visits

May 20: Vida Volunteer Family Visits

May 21: Vida Community Workshops

May 22: First day with EF Tours

May 23: Walking tour of San José Poás Volcano National Park

May 24: Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

May 25: La Fortuna Waterfall

May 26: Santa Elena Institute Santa Elena Cloud Forest

May 27: Rainforest Adventures Park

May 28: Manuel Antonio National Park Crocodile River Tour

May 29: Coffee Plantation

May 30: Whitewater Rafting

May 31: Return to United States

Course Fee

Course fee covers air fare, lodging, in country travel, planned activities, and most meals. Cost passport, and some meals are not included in the course fee and are the responsibility of the student.


Eligibility is based on a minimum GPA of 2.0 (2.5 preferred), Sophomore or above, and a review of applicants behavior record at Saint Mary’s and faculty recommendations.

Application Process

  • Students must apply by December 1, 2016
  • Once accepted, students will be enrolled in B481 for the spring semester
  • Accepted students will have until 4 p.m. on January 16, 2017 to withdraw or the full course fee will be non-refundable

Vida Volunteer

Participants will engage in medical volunteer work with VIDA Volunteers. Vida Volunteer, is a nonprofit organization that aims to bring people together through service learning. They are focused on cultural integration and volunteer work in the area of global health care.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Founded in 1972, the park includes an amazing 109 species of mammals and 184 Species of birds. Explore the divirse habitats of the park including lush jungle, lagoons, mangroves swamps, and beautiful white sand beaches.

For More Information:

Debra Martin, Ph.D.
Faculty Leader
Professor of Biology
Brother Charles, 233

Vicki McDonald, M.A.
Coordinator of Study Abroad / International Center Associate
International Center, The Heights
Campus Box #51

Find Us

The Heights International Center, Room 106
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fax: 507-457-6917