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Costa Rica: an immersion in culture and nature

Tourism, Recreation + Adventure Leadership Majors

Tourism and outdoor recreation are global industries. At OSU, TRAL majors on both campuses have opportunities to go abroad to explore the sustainable ecotourism practices of other countries and cultures, experience their recreation and public lands, and to develop valuable skills for a career in sharing the outdoors with others.

With advanced planning with your academic and study abroad advisors, you can fulfill TRAL degree requirements while staying on track for graduation in your intended timeframe. You can use financial aid and university, college and externally-sourced scholarships to fund your experience on one of our credit-bearing programs


Exchange & University-based Programs

Typically a semester or academic year in length, these are often the most immersive and affordable type of international experience. Integrated into a host university's academic model and student community, students can take a broad range of courses that can be applied to their OSU degree. These programs are great options for TRAL students, and OSU offers an expansive list of options around the world. Some popular options for previous students include: 

Check out all of OSU's exchange universities.


Faculty-Led Programs

These short-term programs are popular as they are typically offered over Spring, Winter, or Summer breaks and can fit easily into most degree plans. They are led by OSU faculty around a specific theme or focus. COF offers several faculty-led programs annually (or every other year) that have been specifically designed for our students: 

Check out all of OSU's faculty-led program offerings.


Internships & Research

International internships allow students to pursue professional-level work experience overseas while receiving academic credit and meeting degree requirements for work experience. Most internships are a minimum of ten weeks in duration and can take place any time of the year. The College of Forestry and partner programs offer TRAL internships all over the world. 



In alignment with the College of Forestry's overarching commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the International Programs Office aspires to create a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for OSU students going abroad, international students coming to COF, and for our visiting faculty, researchers, and partners. We are committed to providing equitable and inclusive opportunities and supporting an affirming and fulfilling experience for all COF community members to enhance their academic, professional, and personal goals through international activity.  An international experience – study, research or internship - is an amazing way to learn about yourself, your field, and the world around you, and we believe that every person should have that opportunity. The breadth of lived experiences and identities in our global COF community is what makes our programs life-changing.