The Collins College Of Hospitality Management

Study Abroad

Costa Rica, Summer 2016

Students will spend three weeks at the Centro Agrónomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñaza (CATIE), an international university that combines science, education, and innovation for sustainable tourism development. They will stay in a sustainability house in CATIE’s Botanical Gardens, which is home to over 4,000 plants and is located near the active Turriabla volcano. Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the environment, society and economy.

Contact Dr. Neha Singh by phone at (909) 869-4565 or for additional information.

Program Details


  • Day 1-4 - Overview, Turrialba Downtown Tour, Welcome Dinner & Lecture
  • Day 5-7 - Field Experience: Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Day 8-12 - Topics on Global Climate Change, Energy & Footprinting
  • Day 13-14 - Free Weekend
  • Day 15-19 - Consumption & Natural Resource Management Policy Analysis
  • Day 20-22 - Visit Volcano Poas, Central Market & Farwell Dinner, Departure

Program Includes:

  • Tuitions
  • Meals
  • Insurance
  • Field Trips
  • WiFi
  • Access to course materials
  • Access to medical facilities
  • Roundtrip transport for SJO airport

Enrollment and Costs:

The program cost is $3,200 (approximately).

Application Deadline: February 2, 2016

Note: Students must turn in $200 non-refundable deposit along with their application. Student should pick up a deposit slip at The Collins College and make his or her payment at the Cashier’s Office. The white & yellow copy of the deposit slip must be submitted to the International Center to be dated and signed as proof of payment.

Students may view the application process for short-term programs and download the following required forms to submit in with their application.

  • Copy of signed passport
  • One passport photo attached to their application
  • Independent Return Travel Form
  • Illegal Drug Use Policy Form
  • Conduct of Behavior Form
  • Trip Release Form
  • Release of Liability Form
  • Health Status Report Form – (follow instructions)

Additional costs:

  • Roundtrip airfaire
  • One free-time weekend
  • Souvenirs
  • Additional snacks
  • Shopping
  • Exit tax of $30/person

Coursework Plan

All students take:

SSS 4000 Sustainable Tourism
(45 lecture hours + 45 field learning hours - 8 quarter credits)

Meal Plan

**** Please note: Vouchers CANNOT  be used for wine or alcohol