• 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 2018 in order to be eligible to participate in the study abroad component of the program.  Class is Monday from 2:30-3:45pm.
• 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 2018-19  4/13/2018
Extended Deadline: 5/18/2018

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

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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. 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 local culture 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. 

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

1) Recognize social, economic, and environmental issues related to tropical horticulture and find suitable methods to address them.

2) Contrast horticultural practices of small farmers with large-scale breeding operations and their effect on nutrition, food security, health, local community development and global markets.

3) Cultivate interdisciplinary skills, intercultural knowledge, and global competencies through the understanding of the ecological and socio-economic impact of tropical plants on local and global human communities.

4) Discuss opportunities for professional careers in the international horticulture business.

5) Develop cultural awareness of the social and economic differences between the United States and the country visited.