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CIEE Costa Rica: Monteverde Tropical Ecology & Conservation (summer)
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Terms: Summer

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 01-MAR-2016 
Variable 14-JUN-2016 09-AUG-2016
 NOTE: Start and end dates are subject to change. Please consult CIEE’s acceptance materials before purchasing airline tickets, completing a visa application, etc.
Summer 2017 01-MAR-2017** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Study Abroad staff for details.

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Quick Facts:

 Program Types:
Field Study
 Areas of Study:
Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, Spanish, Biology (Ecology & Evolutionary), Sustainability, Engineering Humanities/SS
 Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
 Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
2 - sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
1 Semester of College-Level Biology, 1 Additional Semester of Ecology or Environmental Science Recommended, Previous College-Level Spanish Recommended
Camping, Homestay, Research Station
 Open to students from:
All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), CU-Boulder
 Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Spanish
 Additional Opportunities:
Independent Study / Research
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
10 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
8 Weeks

Program Information:


Monteverde Summer by CIEE
  • Camp and hike in some of Costa Rica’s most amazing protected areas, including rain forest, dry forest, mangroves, beaches, and more

  • Live in Monteverde, an internationally recognized area of research and natural beauty, and home to a world famous Cloud Forest

  • Gain research experience conducting your own independent project

  • Experience rural Costa Rica through a homestay with a local family




  CIEE University of Colorado
Course Levels

2000-level CIEE courses


3000- and 4000-level CIEE courses


language courses

lower- or upper-division (depending on your background in the language)


1 credit hour

1 credit hour








Program Reviews:

Megan Anne Paliwoda, Summer 2015 Participant
The classes are pretty challenging but since you're all in the same boat you get through it. You'll get really close with everyone in your group.The locations are beautiful, you get to see a lot and you'll go to unique places too. Locals are really nice for the most part, cat calls are pretty common in Monteverde but nothing too extreme.
Summer 2014 Participant
The courses will challenge you, the place will amaze you, and the people will surprise you. This program is the best decision I have made because I had the time of my life and because it pushed me farther than I knew I could be pushed. Being immersed in the culture through immersion school and communicating with the locals helped me improve my Spanish skills tremendously.