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Study Abroad

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Introduction to Tropical Ecology

This is an introductory course. Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how this interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. They will gain insight about basic ecological concepts, natural environments, organisms and their interactions and about human impacts on the environment. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves and the global impacts they are facing. A field trip will provide onsite examples. 48 contact hours, 3 credits.


Elements for Sustainable Development

Sustainability is a complex issue because it has to do with all the activities that we humans carry out on Earth. It is also a difficult task because by 2030 we are expected to have radically changed the way of "doing things", the “business as Usual Approach”. The UN agenda for sustainable development provides 17 sustainable development goals directed towards the modification of the prevailing economic development models for others more inclusive and ethical, which are also based on social and environmental values. To add to the level of complexity, the United Nations has indicated "that no one is left behind", that is, the world as a whole must be more sustainable by 2030. Is this monumental task viable? A field trip will provide onsite examples. 48 contact hours, 3 credits.


Introduction to Nature Video and Photography

The exotic wildlife of Costa Rica and its particularly large biodiversity offer a natural ground for an amateur photographer. The student will learn to discover opportunities for good nature pictures both in the city and during field trips. Students must have a camera with good pixel definition (a smart phone may be used). A field trip will provide onsite opportunities to practice. 24 contact hours, 2 credits.


Asymmetric negotiation

This program is aimed at understanding that innovation in negotiation has its own characteristics, mixed with a swinging pendulum of power and agreements that are modified over and over again. The intelligent implementation of an innovation Management negotiation lies in thinking outside the method.


Innovative Leadership and new management skills

This program is aimed at understanding the impact of the leadership management revolution in organizations, and mainly, in their collaborators. For this, the tendencies to disorder and order, the styles of management and coordination, are axes that must be questioned due to their tradition and obviousness.


Management of demotivation

This program is aimed at understanding the conscious and innocent styles and practices that generate lack or absence of motivation in employees, even in healthy work environments and comfortable work environments.

Intensive Spanish for beginners
80 contact hours, 5 credits.

Intensive Intermediate Spanish
80 contact hours, 5 credits.

Intensive Advanced Spanish
80 contact hours, 5 credits.

Conversational Spanish
80 contact hours, 5 credits.
Tropical Ecology
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). This coursed present the students with the attributes and complexities of the diverse tropical ecosystems such as tropical rainforest, coral reefs, wetlands, mangroves, tropical dry forest. Emphasis is placed on processes and on the local and large-scale connectivity of natural ecosystems, as well as the importance of these natural systems in the context of global warming.

Climate Change. The New History of the Earth
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). Earth is not what it used to be 50 years ago and is not what it will be in the next 50 years. In this course, the current rate at which the earth is changing will be studied, along with its effects on global climate and sea level rise, consequences that are associated with world crises such as flooding, tornadoes, droughts, desertification and shifts in rain patterns. Emphasis will be placed on the impacts of these changes, in the mid and long term, on the human population.

Introduction to Nature Video and Photography
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). The exotic wildlife of Costa Rica and its particularly large biodiversity offer a natural ground for an amateur photographer. This course will work on techniques, equipment, environments, plant shooting, animal shooting, small and large formats. Students work during the course will be used for grading and exposed at the end of the course.

Geography of Costa Rica
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). Costa Rica has only 52000 km2 of land mass. However, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Biodiversity is the result of geographic diversity. In a very little territory the course will show the students the variety of environments and natural formations, from the marine coastal areas to the Chirripó peak (3800 m). Genesis of mountain ranges, valleys, rivers, lakes and estuarine systems will be studied. Climate diversity in Costa Rica associated to its geography will be analyzed. Sustainable Development Goals and Conservation of Natural Resources 40 contact hours, 3 credits. No Lab. The course will be based on an analysis of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) known as the “Global Goals” to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030 (UNDP, 2015). Emphasis will be placed on those that deal directly with the conservation of natural resources and their relationship to sustainable livelihoods. This course includes an analysis of innovative options, clean technologies and natural solutions for climate change adaptation needed to improve the state of natural resources and the quality of life of humans.