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LAS/SAO Course Abroad: ANTH 445, Anthropology: Primate Behavior, Ecology, Ecosystem Sustainability and Conservation in Costa Rica (winter)
Cariari, Costa Rica
Program Terms: Winter Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Illinois applicants only
Budget Sheets Winter Break
Fact Sheet:
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
 Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
 Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
Anthropology 445
Primate Behavior, Ecology, Ecosystem Sustainability and Conservation 
San Jose, Cariari & La Prima Vera, Costa Rica

Fall/Winter Faculty-Led Program Abroad
Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Study Abroad Office

On Campus Class Meetings: every other Thursday beginning October 16, 7 - 8:00 pm, Rm 116 Davenport
Program Dates: December 26, 2014 - January 17, 2015

Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

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Course Description
Program Eligibility
Student Life
Additional Resources
Application Information
Scholarship Opportunities
Withdrawal, Change of Program, or Cancellation Policies
Passport/Visa Information
Contact Information
Course Description

Course is directed to students interested in biological anthropology, primatology, tropical ecology, rainforest conservation, environmental sustainability, and field biology. Each day the professor works intensively with students, presents lectures, and provides background information to help students develop a conceptual framework for understanding the diversity and complexity of tropical forest ecosystems. Lectures, training in field technique (including use of global positioning systems, behavioral data collection, ecological data collection), on-site examples of animal-plant interactions, and observations of primate behavior are designed to help students develop individual research projects. Each student is required to write a research proposal to conduct a field project, collect field data to test a set of hypotheses on primate behavior and ecology, and write a final report during the course.

In addition, students will learn about the culture, food and history of Costa Rica, and have an opportunity to meet and interact with local people who live in the communities adjacent to the field site.

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Program Eligibility
Application Requirements:  Illinois undergraduates, graduates and Non-Illinois students 
Language of Instruction: English, knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required.
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This course is worth 4 credits. The course is already listed as Anthropology 445 (CRN 59445) - so be sure to register for the course as well. You must complete both the on-campus and off campus portion in order to receive credit. 

Costa Rica ANTH Syllabus - from 2011-12
Costa Rica ANTH Itinerary - proposed for 2012-13 (subject to change)

On campus meetings: Every other Thursday beginning Oct. 16, 7 - 8:00 pm in 116 Davenport Hall.

Program Dates: December 27, 2014 - January 17, 2015 
*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
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Student Life  

Housing: All students will be sleeping in cabins on bunk beds at La Suerte Biological Research Station. There are flush toilets and showers.  

Meals: 3 meals a day, in the cafeteria at La Suerte Biological Research Station, Cost Rica. The site is a private research facility. Students have options for vegetarian meals, and will accommodate food allergies or specific dietary restrictions. 
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Additional Resources
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Application Information
Application Process
Apply for this program through the Study Abroad Office. In order to determine if program expenses will be Financial Aid eligible, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 217-333-0100 as soon as possible. All participants are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the University of Illinois Study Abroad Office. 
Click the "Apply Now " button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee by clicking "Apply Now."
You may apply to only one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application, as you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee each time you begin a new program application by clicking "Apply Now."
Application Components
Program applications vary. This particular faculty-led course abroad application includes:

  • An unofficial Illinois Transcript (not required for first semester Freshmen)
  • Photocopy of Passport or receipt verifying application or renewal of passport
  • 5 short-answer essay questions
  • Online questionnaires and online signature documents
  • Note: NO letters of recommendations are required for this program.
Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadlines established by the Study Abroad Office for timely review. The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
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Program Fees
If the Study Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, the Study Abroad Office will bill your Illinois student account a non-refundable $305 advance fee.  This fee will be deducted from the final cost of your program fees; however, please note that this fee is not refundable should you decide to withdraw from the study abroad program.
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
2013-14 Program Fee: $2,650

Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.
Program Fee Includes: housing and meals, orientation programs, program excursions, and international health insurance
Program Fee Does NOT Include: round-trip airfare to San Jose (est. $830 with exit tax), personal expenses while abroad (est. $150), other meals (est. $40), hotel in San Jose (est. $50), and visa fees (if applicable). These are off budget costs that are estimated and will be expenses that come out of your own pocket.

2014-15 TOTAL including off-budget expenses and program fee:  TBD
2013-14 TOTAL 
including off-budget expenses and program fee: $3,720
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Scholarship Opportunities

LAS Faculty-Led Course Abroad Scholarship:
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship ($300 - $1,000) toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination. Non-LAS students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.

Other scholarships:
All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship.  For more information, click here.  If you are a non-LAS student, be sure to contact your college about any possible scholarship opportunities.

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Withdrawal Policy
All withdrawals must be made by email to the Study Abroad Office. Online withdrawals without emails may result in extra charges. Withdrawal by 5:00 pm on September 15, 2014 loses only the $25 application fee. Withdrawal after having been accepted to the program loses the $305 advance payment. After committing to the program, the student is responsible for all costs incurred.

Change Policy 
To change an application, an applicant must withdraw from the original application and start another one. Such withdrawals will lose the original $25 application fee. To avoid confusion and double charges, all changes should be accompanied by an email to the Study Abroad Office.

Cancellation Policy
If a student is denied, they lose only the $25 application fee. If the University of Illinois cancels a program, the student loses the application fee but will receive a full refund of the advance payment and any other billed expenses.
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Passport/Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.
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Contact Information
For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact the Professor, Paul Garber ( or
 Adam Heinz ( in the Study Abroad Office (SAO).  The SAO is located at:
910 S. Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm.  We are closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2013-2014 10/01/2013 
10/02/2013 12/26/2013 01/18/2014

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.