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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I pack?


During this course you will be hiking in mudddy areas and you will get wet!  Click the icon below for advice from previous students. 

Which vaccinations should I get?


We recommend you consult your doctor.


Your physician can tell you which vaccinations are recommended for the places where you will be traveling. Common vaccinations include those that protect against hepatitis, typhoid, and yellow fever. These vaccinations may require a series of shots, so it is a good idea to contact your doctor as soon as you know you will be traveling.

Malaria is not common in the parts of Costa Rica we will visit, but some people do elect to take preventative medications against malaria. You should discuss this with your doctor.

Regardless of where you are going and what you plan on doing, make sure you are current on your tetanus shot.

For more information on traveling to Costa Rica visit:

Should I bring binoculars?


Binoculars will be provided.  However, if you have a pair that you are accustomed to and would prefer, feel free to bring your own.

What currency is used in Costa Rica?


Costa Rica uses Colones. Most students do not need to carry cash. We will provide opportunities to purchase souvenirs and gifts. Most of those opportunities can be transacted with US dollars or credit cards.

Will I need to buy food?


Three meals a day will be provided.  But there will be a chance to buy snacks in San Jose as well as on numerous bus trips. 

Do I need a passport?


Yes, you do!  If you do not have a valid passport you need to apply at least 90 days in advance.

Do the credits count toward my Spring Semester courses?


No.  This is considered an intersession course similar to a summer session.  It does not affect your Spring Semester course load.

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