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Faculty-Led Travel

​Northern offers a variety of unique opportunities for students and community members to study and learn outside the United States. These opportunities are led by experienced faculty and come with the option to enroll in credit-bearing courses. 

Costa Rica
Jan. 2-15, 2016


BIOL 492/SPAN 492: Cultural Perspectives in Conservation Biology and Medical Health Care
Credit hours: 1
Instructors: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow and Dr. Susan Landon-Arnold
Class dates: Jan. 11-May 6, 2016
Tour dates: Jan. 2-15, 2016 (spring 2016 semester starts Jan. 11, 2016, so students will need to be excused from their first week of class.)
Have you ever hiked in a cloud forest and seen an active volcano?  Have you spoken the Spanish language in a Spanish speaking country?  Have you ever been to a health care facility or orphanage in a different country?  If not, come join us for a 12-day Marine Biology and Tropical Ecology Study and Medical Health Care Observation Program that encompasses six different locations in Costa Rica: San Jose, Sarapiqui, Monteverde, Ostional, Cuajiniquil and Rincon de la Vieja. Daily activities range from visiting hospitals, clinics, and orphanages to participating in nature hikes, white-water rafting, and scuba-diving to gain cultural perspectives between the United States and Costa Rica. 
Registration information: Please contact the instructors. Instructor permission is required for enrollment. Registration deadline for the course is May 15, 2015.
Price: $2,903.86 (Note: cost is all-inclusive, including tuition, personal spending money, plane tickets, passports, etc.). Price is subject to change.
Payment deadlines: $653.86 deposit due May 15, 2015; final payment due Nov. 15, 2015.
Special health/safety/environmental considerations: This program will require physical activity such as hiking and walking, exposure to noxious plants, water activity such as rafting and boating, and exposure to potentially unhealthy people. Safety precautions will be taken in all instances.