Explore the biodiversity in Monteverde’s Cloud Forest Reserve, beaches, waterfalls, and more – all while building on your Spanish language skills. Take courses on tropical ecology, and a Spanish language course appropriate to your skills at CIEE– Monteverde. Work on an independent research project in tropical ecology or conservation, from observation and data collection to a presentation of your findings. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursion to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
EXPLORE BEYOND MONTEVERDE
when you visit Costa Rica’s mangroves, lowland rainforest, dry forest, and other fascinating natural habitats.
PUT NEW SKILLS INTO PRACTICE
as you complete an independent research project that gives you an in-depth look at local flora or fauna.
BE ENCHANTED AND INSPIRED
when you hike under the dripping boughs of the cloud forest and observe colorful plants and animals.
Immerse yourself in the steamy jungle of Lowland Rainforest
Explore a dry forest recognized for its study of regeneration in Santa Rosa National Park
See how local coffee farms, livestock, and butterfly gardens add to Monteverde’s vibrant landscape
Camp, hike, snorkel, boat, and swim while comparing Atlantic and Pacific slope habitats
Hike above the treeline to explore endemic species and amazing views in Costa Rica’s paramo
Discover local foods and customs in the town of Monteverde
Put your skills to work on an independent research project in tropical ecology or conservation, from observation to data collection and then to a presentation of your findings. At every step, you will be guided by an expert faculty advisor. Past projects have explored beetle habitats, hummingbird behavior, the prey of cane toads, orchids and their pollinators, and much more.
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Academic Program Students take the following courses for a total of 4.25 Pomona credits (4 Pomona credits for academic year 2022-2023 and all years prior):
Tropical Diversity (1 Pomona credit)
Tropical Community Ecology (1 Pomona credit)
Independent Research in Biology/Ecology (1 Pomona credit)
Spanish Language (0.75 Pomona credits)
Humans in the Tropics, (0.5 Pomona credit)
As part of the program, students participate in field trips to Costa Rica's Atlantic and Pacific slopes, as well as several trips to Monteverde's many diverse forests. Additionally, students spend one month living with a local family.
There is no CR/NC option on this program.
Living Arrangements Students live in dormitories at a biological field station in two-, three- or four-person rooms, each with a private bath. Meals are served family style at the field station as well. Students also participate in a homestay of one or two weekends with Spanish-speaking families in Monteverde.
Number of Students CIEE enrolls approximately 15–20 students, selected from a competitive national pool. The Monteverde center hosts CIEE from other programs as well.
Host Institution Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)