• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• Students must be enrolled in LACIS 440 during the spring semester
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• UW-Madison degree seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Organic Agriculture
Latin American, Carribean and Iberian Studies (LACIS)

Classroom Language



Local Hosts, Residence Hall

Program Duration

Spring break: March 28 - April 5, 2015

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Costa Rica, San Carlos
UW Organic Agriculture & Sustainable Farming

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This exciting spring break study abroad program will provide you with the opportunity to explore the road-less-traveled in Costa Rica. As a part of the spring course, LACIS 440, you have the opportunity to spend spring break exploring Costa Rican organic and sustainable farms involved in coffee, pineapple, cassava, papaya and vegetable production. The 9-day spring break study abroad program, led by Professor Jim Nienhuis from the Department of Horticulture, will provide you with hands-on field experience in production and marketing of organic and sustainable vegetables and commodity crops.

In Costa Rica, you will study in and around the Tecnologico de Costa Rica (TEC or ITCR) in the humid region of San Carlos and will have the opportunity to visit with growers at various farms in the surrounding area. You will then visit the dry region of Guanacaste and have the opportunity to compare and contrast the organic and sustainable agriculture of both regions.