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Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica

About the Program

SBU Costa Rica offers hands-on environmental learning experiences in an off-the-grid educational community. Students will learn about renewable energy, waste, and various organic and sustainable farming methods, including permaculture.

Throughout the course, there will be lectures on renewable energy, triple bottom line business, slow food, economics and agriculture, green building, environmental literature, and community development. The course also includes creative writing, studies in eco-aesthetics and readings on sustainability studies.

This in-depth experience will culminate in a capstone interdisciplinary project.
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Course of Study

All participants must register for one of the following courses:

  • Undergraduate students will enroll in the 4 credit course ENV310
  • Graduate students will enroll in the 4 credit course EHM

For students following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC):

  • This program fulfills DEC H

For students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC):

  • This programs fulfills GLO, STAS and EXP+ 

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Course Information


Costa Rica

Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency


Program Type

Group experience led by SBU faculty

Program Dates

January 3 - 19, 2015

Living Arrangements

Students will share rooms in comfortable, sustainable accommodations with views of the surrounding area



2.0 or higher

Other Requirements
Application Deadline

November 1, 2014

Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$257 per credit for NY residents


$816 per credit for non-residents

Program Fee

$2,875; Includes shared lodging, meals, group excursions, course materials, and International Health Insurance

Administrative Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance

Included in the Program Fee

Other Fees

Application must be approved and airfare purchased on your own by October 15, 2014.  Above prices are locked in until the October 15 deadline.  Late payments are subject to price fluctuations.

Travel Costs

Students are responsible for booking flight tickets and will receive additional information upon acceptance.  Airfare and costs for spending money are not included in the Program Fee.

Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

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Contact Information

Jen Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
Dr. Heidi Hutner
Program Director
Sustainability Studies
Stony Brook University
E-W0521 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3352
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