Costa Rica

Program Overview

Costa Rica is a country rich in cultural and biological diversity. The Primate Ecology & Ecosystems Field School focuses on primate behavior, ecology, conservation, and engaged students in learning through research, study, real life experience and service. Students will spend approximately three weeks in Costa Rica, based primarily at the La Selva biological Station, where they will conduct an original research project related to primatology. Students will also learn about Costa Rica’s biodiversity, past and present conservation programs, history and culture. Not to mention excursions like river rafting and zip lining through the jungle! A minimum of eight participants is required for the Costa Rica Field School to be held. All participants will be enrolled in Anthropology 2083: Primate Ecology and Ecosystems, Spring 2019 Semester (3 credit hours).


In order to be eligible for this trip, all participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid passport
  • Show proof they can travel outside of the United States
  • Complete application packet
  • Provide proof of insurance

Participants are required to attend all pre-departure meetings and complete all assignments prior to the trip. Parents, guardians, spouses, and guests are welcome to attend orientation meetings.

Trip Date

May 4 to May 22, 2019 (trip dates tentative).


All participants will be enrolled in the following course for Spring 2019: ANTH 2083: Primate Field Study (3 credits) with the instructor Melissa Schaefer.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Melissa Schaefer, Associate Professor, Anthropology
801-957-4916; AAB 237AC

Payment Schedule

Program costs include round trip airfare from Salt Lake City to San Jose, in country transportation, all lodging, program-related excursions and entrance fees and most meals! It does not include tuition fees, passport or visa fees, baggage fees, souvenirs, or non-program related travel.

To make payments, complete the Costa Rica Payment From, and take payment to SLCC cashier’s window. Bring a copy of the filled out form and receipt to the Engaged Learning Office, Construction Trades Building (Redwood Campus) 252/254, and keep a copy for your records.

Item Amount Date Due
Deposit $450 November 2, 2018
First Payment $750 December 3, 2018
Second Payment $750 January 8, 2019
Third Payment $750 February 1, 2019
Fourth Payment $750 March 1, 2019
Total: $3,450

Please note that the November 2 is when the Engaged Learning Office will begin collecting deposits and when the payment schedule begins, but is NOT a deadline to apply for the program. Students may continue to apply after the payment schedule begins, but may need to catch up in payment. Contact the Engaged Learning Office for questions or concerns 801-957-4694.

Application Process

A minimum of eight students is required for the Costa Rica Field School to be held. There will be a maximum of 12 students.

Reserve your spot for the Costa Rica Field School by submitting the application packet, a copy of your passport, and a copy of your receipt for the $450 deposit to the Engaged Learning Office located in the Construction Trades Building (Redwood Campus), room 252/254. For questions or concerns please contact the Engaged Learning Office at 801-957-4694.

Application Packet

Please Note: All program excursions require an extensive amount of walking including stairs, hills and rough terrain.