Study Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica | Webster University

Study Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica

Fall 2019: Inequality and the Environment: Coffee! (ETHC 1000)

Program Description 
This program is a short-term, introductory-level, interdisciplinary, weeklong study abroad experience that includes curricular and co-curricular activities focused on the theme of "Inequality and the Environment" and provides students the unique opportunity to visit Costa Rica over fall break.

The course will involve tours, visits to organizations, guest speakers, as well as daily reflections, designed to help students see first-hand the ways in which social, political, and ethical issues intersect with environmental ones. Students will learn about the injustices, as well as the economic opportunities, related to coffee production by talking with people who grow, sell, and harvest coffee. In order to get a sense of the ways in which coffee relates to environmental conservation efforts, students will also have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica's diverse ecosystems through short day-trips to the beach and the rainforest.

Program Highlights

  • Visit the United Nations, grassroots organizations, a big cat conservation project, and more
  • Talk with people who grow, sell, and harvest coffee
  • Day trips to volcanos, the rainforest, waterfalls, and the beach

Dates
Course dates: 08/26/2019–12/20/2019
Travel dates: 10/18/2019-10/27/2019
St.Louis class meeting dates: 09/09/2019 & 11/04/2019

Academics
ETHC 1000: Inequality and the Environment: Coffee! - 1 credit hour [GCP:ETH]
Faculty Leader: Kate Parsons, Danielle MacCartney
Growing awareness of climate change has led to increasing recognition that human rights and environmental sustainability are inextricably linked. Human rights advocates contend that climate change threatens fundamental rights to health, livelihood, and property, while also infringing on indigenous rights to culture and profoundly affecting the global poor. This course offers students the unique opportunity to study the overlap between human rights work and environmental sustainability, while they gain practical experience in environmental justice studies.

Costa Rica wants to be single-use plastic and carbon free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPY0RN5v5do

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ETHC 1000: Inequality and the Environment: Coffee!

Program Cost
Application Deposit: $100 (due at the time of application)
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance & ISIC card)
Program Fee: $1,325
What's Included: 9 nights of accommodations, on ground transportation and course activities, all meals.
What's Not Included: tuition, airfare, study abroad fee, passport, personal expenses.

Scholarships 
Students may be eligible for the following Webster study abroad scholarships:

  • Next Century Leaders Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Marilynne Bradley Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Study Abroad
  • Dr. Roy Tamashiro Endowed Travel Scholarship

For a complete list of available scholarships along with eligibility and requirements, please reference the Study Abroad scholarship website.

Fall Break Scholarship Deadline- April 15th, 2019

Application Process
Application Deadline:  April 15th, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport sized photo.

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met:
1) Student attends the program 
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys
3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

 

Costa Rica
Flowers in Costa Rica

 

Costa Rican flowers
Costa Rican landscape