Costa Rica

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Program Overview

Costa Rica is a country rich in cultural and biological diversity. The Primate Ecology & Ecosystems Field School focuses on primate behavior, ecology, and conservation, which allows you to engage in learning through real life experiences and service. You spend three weeks in Costa Rica, based primarily at the La Selva Biological Station where you will conduct an original research project related to primatology, while also learning about Costa Rica's biodiversity, conservation programs, history, and culture.


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 7 – May 24, 2022 (TENTATIVE) – Dates will vary depending on flight itineraries


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

Faculty Contact

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

Program Cost – Approximately $3,000

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.

Item Amount Date Due
Deposit $500 Due at application
Half Payment $1,250 February 4, 2022
Full Payment $1,250 March 7, 2022
Total: $3,000

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If you are worried about paying for this program, we have scholarships available!


If you need to withdraw from a Study Abroad program you may be refunded depending on how far in advance you are withdrawing. There are costs associated with each trip. Some of these costs are non-refundable. Advanced payments on each student’s behalf may not be reimbursed if a student withdraws or is unable to participate. Students are responsible for all non-refundable advanced payments. If a student is unable to participate for any reason, SLCC reserves the right to determine the amount of refund, if any.

*The Engaged Learning Office is taking precautions regarding potential cancellations due to COVID-19. Please contact the Engaged Learning Office for any questions.

Program Deadlines

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

  • Application and Deposit – December 17, 2021
  • Half Program Cost Due – February 4, 2022
  • Passport Deadline – February 4, 2022
  • Total Program Cost Due – March 7, 2022
  • Health Insurance Deadline – April 1, 2022

Students will be charged a $25 late fee if payments, passports or health insurance information is submitted after the listed due dates.

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