• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Sophomores are welcome to apply to the study abroad program, and can request instructor consent to enroll in Hort 376.
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Students must be enrolled in Horticulture 376, Tropical Horticulture, during fall semester 2017 in order to be eligible to participate in the study abroad component of the program.  Class runs Mondays from 2:30 - 3:45 pm.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Biological & Physical Science
Environmental Studies
Global Health

Classroom Language



Field Research Station, Hotels
Participants will stay in a variety of housing while on the program including hotels, a resort and a research station

Program Duration

Winter Intersession: Early January – Mid-January

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Winter Intersession 2017-18  4/3/2017
Extended Deadline: 4/7/2017

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

Costa Rica, Multiple
UW Tropical Horticulture in Costa Rica and Panama

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The UW Tropical Horticulture in Costa Rica program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Science (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

Spend two exciting weeks during winter intersession in Costa Rica and Panama. This program in tropical horticulture features explorations of agricultural and ornamental fields, botanical gardens, agronomical centers, and nature preserves. This course also provides a unique opportunity for immersion in Costa Rican and Panamanian local cultures and for developing a holistic appreciation of the interactions between plants and societies. These activities will provide a framework for global learning by engaging students to discuss important issues related to tropical horticulture such as sustainability, food security, global health, traditional medicine, improved nutrition, production technologies, cropping systems, conservation, and climate change. This program is ideal for undergraduate students that seek opportunities for multidisciplinary explorations of fundamental issues in horticulture affecting tropical regions, and for students seeking to integrate social and plant science knowledge. Participants in this program will engage with local farmers, non-governmental organizations, cooperatives, and indigenous groups to appreciate the diverse impacts of horticulture. The course will provide lasting experiential learning and the opportunity to contextualize and apply knowledge within a global setting.

This course can count towards the fieldwork experience for the UW Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health.