EARTH University

City: Guacimo, Limon
Language of instruction: English, Spanish
  • Located in Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica
  • A private, international, non-profit university
  • Dedicated to education in the agricultural sciences and natural resources in order to contribute to sustainable development in the tropics by seeking a balance between agricultural production and environmental preservation
  • 400+ enrolled from 41 different countries
  • Programs in Spanish and English
  • Students engage in weekly field experiences, business operations, and a 3rd-year international internship, allowing them to test and build upon the knowledge they have been acquiring

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Partner university's areas of study

ForestryLand and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Majority of classes are taught in Spanish
  • As of 2017, EARTH will offer a spring semester in English


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • LFS and Forestry students only

Term dates

  • Term 1: Early September - Late December
  • Term 2: Mid-January - Early May
  • Summer: Mid May - Late July

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • 32 credit for two trimesters
  • 49 for full year

Passing grade

7 or A=Pass

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Study abroad (pay to partner university)

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: FRST 3rd
Title: Tropical Forest Carbon Management: Tools for Protecting Rain Forests and Mitigating Climate Change
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-18
UBC course: FRST 4th
Title: Making Agriculture Sustainable: Understanding Challenges and Finding Solutions
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-30
Land and Food Systems
UBC course: LFS 302a
Title: Work Experience: Integrated Organic Farm
Partner course code: EXP 203
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2016-05-02
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • Cost per trimester is US$5467 USD and includes the following:
  • Room and board, a minimum of 12 credit hours, participation in field trips, student guide, institutional services (library, bank, communications, gift shop, transportation EARTH to San Jose, laundry, medical services, 24 hour campus security, extensive grounds and parks, wireless connections, etc.)
  • Amount does not include airline tickets, ground transportation from airport, airport transportation, personal expenses, international medical insurance, or Spanish tutoring

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • Do not apply for housing prior to being matched by Go Global to EARTH university 
  • If you are successfully matched to EARTH, then you will receive instructions about housing and accommodations

Information of Accommodation

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