Photo courtesy of Autentico Adventures Costa Rica

Academic Information

Course Structure

This is a 3 credit course crosslisted as TRAL 499 and NR 499; credits valid during Fall Term.

The e-campus course will introduce the basics of Costa Rican culture, wilderness adventure and tourism, and ecology of tropical systems. Students will be deeply prepared for the experience in country. The trip to Costa Rica will take place December 12 - 23.

*Please note that participants must arrive in Costa Rica on Thursday evening during finals week. Participants need to ensure they can rearrange any conflicting finals before committing to the program.


See sample Itinerary from 2019 program

See sample Syllabus from 2018 program



  • Be at least sophomore class standing by the beginning of course
  • Minimum 2.75 OSU GPA
  • Have a clear conduct record at OSU
  • Submit all application materials by the due dates
  • Participate in an interview with the program leaders
  • Physical requirements: extensive hiking (up to 10 miles per day with a light pack) and swimming
  • Spanish will be spoken, but not required to be successful
Natural Resource Majors: See how this program fits within your major requirements!


  1.  Complete the application through the OSU GO Application Portal
  2. All students will be interviewed by the program leaders as the final step in the application process. Applicants will be individually contacted for interviews.
  3. Check out our page with tips and recommendations for submitting a strong application!


NOTE: After beginning your application, you are permitted to save it and return to it repeatedly. Just make sure you submit before the deadline!