College of the Extended University

Costa Rica

Costa Rica patched landscape


Sponsored by College of Agriculture

First-hand experience of agriculture and agribusiness in a tropical country whose primary farm exports include bananas, pineapples, and coffee. Students will learn, discuss, and debate key issues facing sustainable farming.

Topics include, the interactions between ecology and agriculture, green entrepreneurship, environmental policy, and organic farming. Students will be encouraged to find holistic solutions to a variety of challenges faced by agriculture and our global society. Hands-on activities and field-trips to small and large farms throughout the three-week course.

Area(s) of Study

Costa Rica

The course provides an overview of sustainable farming and sustainable agricultural business models with a focus on tropical agriculture. The environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability will be discussed and practiced through hands-on activities and farm field-trips.

All students take:


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• A minimum cumulative CPP GPA of 2.5
• Completion of General Education Area B2 (Biological Sciences)

Open To

Sophomore or Junior standing preferred; Seniors, Graduate Students, and graduating Seniors welcome.
Preference given to Plant Science, Agricultural Science, Agribusiness & Food Industry Management, Environmental Biology, Regenerative Studies (other majors, please contact Dr. Fox)

Program Cost

The program cost is $3,500 and includes the following:

  • Transfer credit units (tuition)
  • Insurance
  • Field/farm experiences
  • Roundtrip transport for SJO airport
  • Accommodation (Shared Occupancy)
  • Roundtrip airfaire

Additional costs:

  • Meals
  • Personal Spending
  • Exit tax of $30/person

Students pay $200 non-refundable application fee and regular Cal Poly Pomona tuition for summer abroad. Students are responsible for obtaining a passport. Financial aid and scholarships may be used.

Program Dates

Summer: June 12 to July 6 (3 weeks)

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Next Step

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

  1. Copy of signed passport
  2. One passport photo attached to their application
  3. Independent Return Travel Form
  4. Illegal Drug Use Policy Form
  5. Conduct of Behavior Form
  6. Trip Release Form
  7. Release of Liability Form
  8. Health Status Report Form – (follow instructions)

Students must turn in a $200 non-refundable deposit along with their application. You will submit your deposit to the Cashiers' Office at CLA. After making your payment, you must submit your signed deposit slip to the International Center to be dated and signed as proof of payment.

Application Deadline: March 31st

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Aaron F. Fox
Plant Science Department
Building 2, Room 211