Global Issues in Sustainability is a study program in Costa Rica designed to introduce critical sustainability issues impacting natural resources in developing countries. The course structure is a combination of lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, group debates, and individual critical thinking on topics related to agro-industry, forestry, wild life, renewable materials, and renewable energy. The students will be hosted by Earth University, one of the top sustainable agricultural universities in the World. Field trips include visits to local farms, sustainable communities, national parks (beach and volcano), private reserves,  and a wild life refugee. The program is also a great opportunity to immerse into a different culture.

Course number, (CRN), name
SBIO 3954 (40345)–Global Issues in Sustainability

Class meetings at VT before excursion
January 2-5, 2017 (3 hours each day)

Travel dates
January 6-15, 2017



Application deadline (Check with the program contact for possible deadline extensions)
October 15, 2016

Program fee
$2,700. Includes airfare, all ground transportation, hotel accommodations, all meals, and entrance fees. It does not include tuition

Payment deadline

November 1, 2016

Program contact
Dr. Henry Quesada