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Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica (OTS): Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change, and Human Health
La Selva, Costa Rica; Las Cruces, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term
Year
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Fall 2017 02/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 05/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission 01/15/2018 05/01/2018
Fall 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Amy Suelzer
Additional Opportunities:
Research
Program Description:

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
Costa Rica: Tropical Disease, Environmental Change and Human Health

 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW Costa Rica OTS
Photo Courtesy: OTS Costa Rica
ACADEMICS
LOCATION
OTHER INFORMATION
 
    PROGRAM OVERVIEW
  15-week undergraduate semester abroad program emphasizes the scientific, intercultural, and social aspects of global health, tropical medicine, public health, ethnobiology, and research topics in these subjects. Instruction focuses on the internationally-recognized OTS method of field-based, hands-on learning. Lectures, readings from primary literature, and discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and research. This semester long program will take place for the most part at two of the Biological Stations of the OTS, Las Cruces and La Selva, located in different life zones of Costa Rica; as well as in clinical settings and primary care facilities (EBAIS) within Costa Rica’s social security system, in both the urban and rural areas (including Indian Reservations). In addition, students will visit different research facilities, museums, national parks, market places, agricultural farms, and other facilities.  
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Course prerequisites are two semesters of college biology and two semesters of college Spanish.

Program Dates:
Term Dates Application Deadline
Fall late August - late December February 1
Spring late January - mid May May 1

 
    ACADEMICS
  Approved Departments:

Anthropology

Coursework and Credits:
15-16 credits for 4 OTS courses
(4 required courses)
Tropical Medicine
Research Practicum
Ethnobiology
Culture and Language in Costa Rica

 
    LOCATION
  The program will visit a large diversity of forests and ecosystems, ranging from classic lowland tropical rain forest to the endangered tropical dry forests to chilly montane oak forests and paramo. Most of our time will be devoted to the three field stations owned and operated by OTS: Las Cruces, and La Selva.
 
    OTHER INFORMATION
  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.
 
  Questions
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.


 
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