- Classes in English
- Spanish language courses available
- Extensive exploration of Costa Rica’s biodiversity through excursions and field trips
- Volunteer opportunities available
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Fairfield University)
- International excursion
- Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Open to freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Open to students with a minimum of one year of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents
- Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are encouraged to contact API prior to applying for more specific information about entry requirements.
Add on a Volunteer Program!
- API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
- Volunteer Add-On Options
Dates & Fees
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Courses: 12 U.S. semester credits; Internship: 1-4 U.S. semester credits (subject to home institution approval)
Designed for American students, this program at the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores offers student unparalleled insight into the biodiversity of Costa Rica and the country’s efforts to promote sustainability. Students will experience firsthand the beauty of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna while interacting with “ticos” (as Costa Ricans refer to themselves) within their host families, during a 4-week internship placement, and while enjoying cultural activities.
Intensive Travel Period
Students will spend the first two weeks of the program (prior to beginning formal classes at the Instituto) traveling to a variety of sites within Costa Rica’s central valley and exploring one of Costa Rica’s renowned national parks and beaches.
Once the academic session begins, students will continue to explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica and complement classroom discussions by participating in three weekend excursions throughout the country and six daytrips.
The program culminates with the completion of a 4-week internship, upon which students receive a certificate that can be presented to their home university for credit evaluation. Students can choose to focus on one of the following themes: 1) Turtle protection, 2) Rehabilitation of wild animals, 3) Species cataloging, 4) Protected areas conservation, 5) Beach cleaning. Most students will not stay in SJDF during the internship period, but will most likely be working and staying within national parks or other natural areas.
API students receive a transcript for their coursework from U.S. – accredited Fairfield University upon completion of the program. The Instituto San Joaquín de Flores will issue students a certificate for their internship hours.
- @api Online System
- Orientation Materials and Resources
- Access to International Phone Plans
- API Alumni Network
- Social Networking
- Airport Reception
- Resident Directors
- On-Site Orientation
- Housing (including meals and laundry)
- Language & Culture Tools
- Medical & Life Insurance
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Re-Entry Materials & Support
- Post-Program Evaluation
- Alumni Network & Global Leadership Academy
Hannah Stack is the San Joaquín de Flores Program Program Coordinator and will work with you through your departure to Costa Rica.
Esteban López is the San Joaquín de Flores Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Costa Rica.