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LAS Faculty Led Program: ANTH 445: San Jose, Costa Rica: Primate Behavior, Ecology, Ecosystem Sustainability & Conservation
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Short-Term
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Anthropology 445: Primate Behavior, Ecology, Ecosystem Sustainability & Conservation
La Suerte Biological Field Station, Costa Rica
December 26, 2017 - January 14, 2018


On Campus Class Meetings:  Mandatory once per week class meetings during the Fall semester and first 4 weeks of the Spring semester.
Program Dates Abroad: December 27, 2017 - January 14, 2018
 Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

Course Description 

SyllabusCosta Rica Study Abroad SYLLABUSCR2017-18.doc

This course is directed to students interested in biological anthropology, primatology, animal behavior, tropical ecology, conservation, sustainability, and field biology. Each day the professor works intensively with students, present lectures, and provide background information to help students develop a conceptual framework for understanding the diversity and complexity of tropical ecosystems. Lectures, training in field techniques, examples of animal-plant interactions, and observations of primate behavior are designed to help students develop individual research projects.  Each student is required to conduct a field research project, collect field data to test a set of hypotheses on primate behavior and ecology, analyze their data, and to write a final report during the course.

In addition, students will learn about the culture, food, and history of Central America, and have the opportunity to meet and interact with local people who live in the communities adjacent to the field site.  We also will visit coffee, pineapple and banana plantations, to better understand  local and global market and food chains and their affects on the local economy and environment.

Faculty Leader Bio
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Prof. Paul Garber is a biological anthropologist who has studied issues of primate conservation and ecosystem sustainability in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and China over the past 30 years. He has taught study abroad programs across Latin America and enjoys working with students to understand the local and global challenges and solutions to issues of environmental conservation and to experience the people, culture, and food of Central and South America.


How to Apply

Please click here to apply now!
The application deadline is September 15th.
For more information, contact: Elly Hanauer at


Program Academics and Eligibility
This course is worth 4 credits. You must complete both the on-campus and off campus portion in order to receive credit.
Application Requirements:  Illinois undergraduates and Illinois graduates
Language of Instruction: English, knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required
*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

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Housing and Meals
Housing: Students will be staying at La Suerte Biological Field Station, in northeastern Costa Rica.
Meals: 3 meals will be provided per day at the Biological Field Station.
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Program Fees

If LAS International nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, you will have 1 week to change your status of accepted to committed. If you withdraw after committing to the program, there is a non-refundable $300 withdrawal fee. Depending on when you withdraw, there could also be additional non-refundable fees. 
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
2017-18 estimated PROGRAM FEES: $2,705-$3,0o0 (estimation based on 12-18 committed students - see below for total overall fees including program fee)

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: Internatonal round-trip airfare (est. $900), personal expenses (est. $150) while abroad and meals not provided (est. $40). These are off budget costs that are estimated and will be expenses that come out of your own pocket.
2017-18estimated TOTAL COST including off-budget expenses and program fee: $4,035-$4,330 (estimation based on 12-18 committed students)

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Scholarship Opportunities

LAS Faculty-Led Course Abroad Scholarship:
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a LAS scholarship toward the program cost.  There is no separate application process. If you are accepted to the program, you will receive notification of this scholarship. Amounts range from $500 - $1000 based on program cost.

Other Scholarships:
All program applicants should apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, click here. (
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Contact Information
For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact Paul Garber in Anthropology or Elly Hanauer in LAS International Programs.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Short-Term 2018-2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA