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  • Locations: La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Costs Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
UTK Plants, Park and People: From the Smokies to San Jose

Program Description

Costa Rica, a landmass encompassing only .03% of the earth’s surface, contains a whopping 5% of earth’s biodiversity- a density that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Join Dr. Andy Pulte and Dr.Adam Willcox and escape the cold gray days of winter for a very special garden adventure to sun soaked Costa Rica. On this eight night tropical garden adventure, you will discover a jungle paradise unlike any other. Despite its diminutive size, Costa Rica boasts greater biodiversity than all of Europe or North America! Over 850 species of birds have been identified here, far more than have been seen in Europe or Australia and more butterflies thrive here than on the entire continent of Africa. Join Andy and Adam and explore lush jungles and view an abundance of exotic wildlife from a bridge that gently suspends you in the mist of the Cloud Forest canopy. Sultry breezes, tropical gardens and colorful birds await you.

Frog in Costa Rica

Program Highlights

  • Discovering the colorful gardens and national parks of Costa Rica
  • Towering Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Coffee farm
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Monteverde Orchid Garden
  • Morning and evening bird walks
  • Sightings of toucans, quetzals, monkeys, iguanas, sloths and more!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Honors and Scholars students in good standing

Academic Credit

  • This is an embedded spring break experience. Students must be enrolled in UNHO 277: Plants, Parks and People: From the Smokies to San Jose during the spring semester of the study abroad program. Successful completion of the course includes participation in the spring break experience.

Course Description

Plants—what can they do for us and what can we do for them? In our lifetimes, we see, eat, smell, and touch more plants than any other kingdom or organism. These same plants sustain critical ecosystem services such as climate and carbon regulation and water quality and quantity. They are also the primary producers that maintain our diverse vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife communities treasured throughout the world. How plants produce the things we need is deceptively simple—carbon dioxide and water get zapped by solar energy and viola! the sugars and oxygen we need to survive. Something really interesting happens when you increase the amount of solar energy, as occurs in the tropics…evolution creates incredibly rich and diverse plant and animal ecosystems. Although only 6% of the Earth’s surface, tropical forests contain an estimated 2/3 of the worlds biodiversity. In this course, we will explore the diverse world of plants and what they mean to us as a global society, to specific cultures in the tropics, and to the policies and programs people have developed to conserve these critical resources. This will be contrasted with some of the native ecosystems we may be more familiar with in East Tennessee. Additionally, we will consider the impact these plants and ecosystems have on our lives across many different spectrums.

Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared rooms in hotels, cabins and lodges. All rooms include private baths and hot showers.

Housing is included in the program fee.

Cost Information

Your program costs include: a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet outlines the fees you can expect to be billed and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.

Dr. Andrew Pulte
Program Director, Research Assistant Professor
Herbert College of Agriculture
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Building

Andrew Pulte

Dr. Adam Willcox
Program Director, Research Assistant Professor
Herbert College of Agriculture
274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building

Adam Willcox

Anne Hulse
Assistant Director
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall

Anne Hulse

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  3. Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
  4. Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.

Unique Funding Opportunities to this Program

Information Sessions

All information sessions will be held in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy:

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:00pm in HBC 118

This program is currently not accepting applications.