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Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica

About the Program

During Winter 2015, SBU offers students a hands-on experience in Costa Rica to learn about the country’s efforts for environmental sustainability and renewable energy. Participants will spend 11 days in Costa Rica to participate in site visits to renewable energy facilities and environmental sustainability efforts. This in-depth experience is supported with topic-specific lectures, online readings and assignments, and work on an interdisciplinary capstone project. Students will also collaborate with a local program on a community service project to provide assistance with local sustainability initiatives.

Students will examine how renewable energy technology changes cultural and societal behavior while meeting energy needs. Sustainable efforts in Costa Rica provide students with a global perspective of what is achievable to meet growing demands for energy and reducing human impacts on the environment. The program is offered with SBU partner EF College Study Tours.

Participants will be assigned online readings prior to departure, as well as assignments to prepare them for this experience. While in Costa Rica, students will participate in lectures, site visits, a community service project, and a team capstone project. At the conclusion of the program, each participant will present a capstone project in an open forum of fellow participants to share their work and experiences.

Course of Study

All participants must register for the following course:

  • Participants must enroll in the 4 credit course ENV310

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

Location Costa Rica
Language of Instruction English
Language Proficiency N/A
Program Type Group experience led by SBU faculty
Program Dates TBA
Living Arrangements TBA


GPA 2.0
Other Requirements
Application Deadline October 1
Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
Tuition Rate $245 per credit for NY residents; $742 per credit for non-residents
Program Fee $3,550; Includes airfare, room, meals, group excursions, lectures and programs, and International Health Insurance
Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee
Other Fees

Non-refundable deposit of $500 is required by Oct 1. Above prices are locked until Oct 1, 2014. Late payments are subject to price fluctuations.

Travel Costs

All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site.  Students who do not abide by this policy may be dismissed from the program.

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. James Hoffmann
Program Director
Faculty Director of Ecosystems and Human Impact, Sustainability Studies
Stony Brook University
W0517 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3352
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