• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Coursework requirements: Fall or Spring - two semesters of college biology; one ecology or environmental science course recommended.
Summer - one semester of college level biology; one ecology or environmental science course recommended.
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Some college level Spanish recommended.
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Biological Sciences, Conservation, Ecology, Spanish Language

Classroom Language

English, Spanish


Field Research Station, Local Hosts

Program Duration

Fall: Mid-August - Mid-December
Spring: February - Mid-May
Summer: Mid-June - Mid-August

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2017-18  9/29/2017
Summer 2018  2/2/2018
Fall 2018-19  3/9/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Costa Rica, Monteverde
CIEE Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Costa Rica

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Offered through CIEE, the Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Costa Rica program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program, you will study at a biological station adjacent to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
As part of the program, students take field excursions to explore Costa Rica's Atlantic and Pacific slopes and Monteverde's many diverse forests. In all, approximately half the program is spent off-site studying the diverse ecosystems of Costa Rica. Camping, hiking, snorkeling, and conducting research are all part of this program. In addition, a variety of cultural events and activities are open to students in the town of Monteverde, and there is also a homestay (one month for semester students and one week for summer students) during which participants live and take their meals with local Costa Rican families.
You will be working closely with both IAP and CIEE on this program. You can access the program's main information page through the CIEE website to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.