Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica for Spring Break!

Next available trip: March 29 - April 6, 2025

Scholarships Available!

Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. Awardees will be expected to share about their experiences upon their return.

Scholarship application deadline for Spring Break 2025 trip will be November 1, 2024.

Classes Offered Spring 2025

Take one or both of these transferrable classes.

  • BIO 30 (3 Units Lecture - Spring 2025)
  • BIO 30L or 31L (1 Unit Lab Spring Break 2025 - Travel Abroad)

Trip Itinerary

  • Guided walks on an extensive trail system
  • “Skywalk” on bridges through cloud forest canopy.
  • Visit a Butterfly Garden
  • Meet scientists
  • Snorkeling
  • Birdwatching
  • Guided night hikes

Take One or Both Classes

These classes are UC and CSU transferrable, and can be taken as Pass/No Pass. BIO 030 when taken with BIO 030L satisfy UC and CSU Natural Sciences with Lab requirement.

Offered Online Spring 2025 Lab Courses Offered Spring Break 2025
BIO 030 (3.0 Lecture)

The amazing diversity of life in the tropics is the subject of this introductory level class.

Students explore rainforest inhabitants and their relationships, and learn about their value and conservation.

This lecture course may be taken with or without BIOSC 030L, Tropical Ecology Lab.

BIO 030L (1.0 Lab)

In this introductory level class, students carry out research methods that ecologists use to observe and investigate tropical ecosystems. 

This lab section is for students who also enroll in BIO 030 in Spring 2024.

If you want to take the study abroad trip without taking BIO 030 in Spring 2024, take BIO 031L (see information below.)

BIO 031L (1.0 Lab)
Offered Spring Break 2025 in Costa Rica

Students who take BIO 031L are not required to complete BIO 030, the lecture course in Tropical Ecology.

BIO 031L has the same course description as BIO 030L.

Program Costs for Spring Break Trip

Program fee for travel to Costa Rica over Spring break 2025 including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, entrance fees, and all activities are still being determined and estimated to be approximately $2600 Full scholarships are available! 

Students must have a current and valid passport.

  • An aerial shot of Costa Rica with a bright blue ocean and curving beach,
  • Accommodations for students.
  • A man holds a crab. He wears a green shirt.
  • A woman holds a beetle in her hand.
  • Students do fieldwork in a classroom with various plant life on a lab counter.
  • A man holds a lizard outside.
  • A hammock on the porch of accommodations for students in Costa Rica.
  • Students feed some local chickens.
  • Two leaves on a wooden table. "Mission College" is etched into one of them.
  • Students doing some fieldwork in a group outside on their Study Abroad trip in Costa Rica.
  • Two Howler Monkeys on a branch in Costa Rica.
  • Professor Replicon holding a lizard. She wears a shirt with shell and leaf patterns against a piece of dark fabric, has short dark hair, and wears glasses.
  • Wildlife on a lawn in Costa Rica.
  • A group of students participates in a fieldwork project in Costa Rica,
  • A group of students at the SFO airport waits for their flight to Costa Rica.
  • Two female students work with colored pencils, paper, and leaves in a classroom.
  • A brown and cream-colored sloth hangs from a branch in the jungles of Costa Rica.
  • The Costa Rica beach at Sunrise with a mountain in the background.
  • A man a woman pose for a photo. They wear outdoorsy clothing. The man holds an orange piece of equipment.
  • The Skywalk in Costa Rica is pictured (a suspended bridge supported by cables) in the jungle.