Study Abroad

Study Abroad: Costa Rica

Hofstra in Costa Rica
May 17 – June 17, 2016

Experience the wonder of Costa Rica in summer 2016!  Hofstra faculty will offer two courses that explore the history and environment of a world treasure. Costa Rica’s biodiversity is among the most beautiful and complex in the world.  The country has led the region in sustainability, environmental innovation and eco-tourism.  Costa Rica is home to the United Nations University and has a fascinating history of democracy.

During our time in Costa Rica, we will stay in the university town of Heredia, home to the National University of Costa Rica and Latin University.  Students will take courses with Hofstra faculty at Latin University, along with trips to archives, museums, nature preserves and volcanoes.

Planned Activities:

  • Excursions
  • Caribbean Beach Excursion (Punta Mona)
  • Rain Forest, Hot Springs, Zipline and La Fortuna Waterfall (Arenal Volcano)
  • Poas volcano Hike, Cloud Forest and Hummingbird Garden

Cultural Activities:

  • Heredia City Tour
  • San Jose City Tour and National Museum
  • Theater Performance
  • Coffee Tour
  • Latin Dance Class
  • Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Class
  • Soccer Game and Discussion with Sociology of Sport Professors

Hofstra in Costa Rica
May 17 – June 17, 2016

Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply.

The program fee of $3,690 (based on 15 participants) covers: airfare to and from JFK airport, comfortable lodging, three meals every day throughout the trip, all ground transportation and entrance fees, multiple guided tours, excursions and cultural activities, 24/7 support from an on-site support staff, health insurance, and more.  In addition to the program fee, all participants must register for at least one of the two three-credit Hofstra courses offered during the trip and pay the standard tuition and fees for the course(s).

Application Information
For an application, please visit and click on “Study Abroad Applications” under the “Useful Resources” tab.  Download and complete the Hofstra in Costa Rica application and the four (4) necessary forms.  Bring the completed application, necessary forms and $400 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by March 7, 2016.

For additional information, please contact
Dr. Brenda Elsey
Department of History
New Academic Building, Room 301C
160 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549
Telephone: 516-463-5565

Dr. Sandra Garren
Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
Gittleson Hall, Room 147
114 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549
Telephone: 516-463-5565

Hofstra in Costa Rica
May 17 –June 17, 2016

Students can take one or both of the following courses*:

LACS 015 (CC, IS):  Journeys through Latin America: Introduction to Cultures and Histories of Central America, Prof. Brenda Elsey.  This course introduces students to the history of Central America with particular emphasis on Costa Rica.

SBLY 104E:  Sustainability Management and Practices in Latin America and the Caribbean, Prof. Sandra Garren.  This course will provide students with an analysis of related sustainability issues including energy, climate change, water, natural lands, resource conservation, agriculture, transportation, environmental justice, and green entrepreneurialism.