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Winter 2014: Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica

Program Type: Group experience led by SBU faculty

Dates: January 4 - January 14, 2014

Program Description During Winter 2014, 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.

Program Highlights:

  • Visit renewable energy facilities and learn about the technology from plant engineers.
  • Explore the local efforts for forest, food and water sustainability with global implications.
  • Experience the host country as a group led by a distinguished SBU scholar.

Service Learning:
There will be an educational experience requiring students to participate in an organized service activity in the local community and a formal reflection on this activity.

Courses Offered:

Courses Learning:
Participants must enroll in the 4 credit course ENV310.  

Health Insurance:
International health insurance is included in the Program Fee.

Program Costs
  • $60 Application Processing Fee
  • $200 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Tuition costs: $245 per credit for New York residents, $742 per credit for non-residents
  • $3,550 Standard Program Fee: (includes airfare, room, meals, group excursions, lectures and programs, and international health insurance).
  • University Fees: $86 (College, Excellence, and Application 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.
  • Language proficiency is NOT required
  • All undergraduate college students in good academic standing may apply
Application Deadline:
  • October 1
  • Space is limited so apply as soon as possible!
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Dr. James Hoffmann
Faculty Director of Ecosystems and Human Impact
Sustainability Studies Program
W0517 Melville Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3352
Email: James.hoffmann@stonybrook.edu

Jen Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs
Melville Library, Room E1340
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
Telephone: (631) 632-7030

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