EARTH University Sustainable Summer Sessions

About the Program

EARTH University has partnered with renowned U.S. universities to offer this unique study abroad opportunity in Costa Rica. Students have the option of selecting from four 2-week intensive courses that focus on critical, global environmental issues and sustainability methods in agriculture or community development through hands-on experiential learning. Explore the 8340-acre university in the heart of a tropical rainforest that boasts an integrated organic farm, butterfly garden, experimental peri-urban farm, and medicinal garden all on campus. Gain knowledge and training from professionals, researchers and professors from around the globe while immersing yourself in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.

Intern Abroad: Students at EARTH have the opportunity to participate in a month-long professional or research internship as part of their experience. These opportunities are designed to give students international competency and practical experience and learn about alternative production systems, organic agriculture and innovative recycling systems. Please note that an intermediate level of Spanish is required and costs for the internship opportunity are separate from the summer program fees.  

Final program details will be published by the partner institution that manages this program and are generally updated on their program webpage. However, you must apply through Go Global to be considered for this program and ensure you follow the appropriate transfer credit process.

Further details about the Consortium for Sustainability Summer Program

Partner Institution
EARTH University
Program Dates

2-week sessions that run from mid-May to mid-July

Country
  • Costa Rica
Area(s) of study
AgricultureApplied BiologyArtsBiologyEnvironmental ScienceForestryGeographyLand and Food Systems
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • January 28, 2021

Course Credits

3 EARTH credits per 2-week session.  Same as UBC credits. 

Transfer credits are only granted for courses with academic content and may not be granted for cultural activities or intensive language courses. Please speak to a departmental advisor if you have any questions.

Transfer credits and evaluated courses at this university

Check out the courses that other students have transferred back to UBC in the last 5 years. If you don't see a particular course you listed, it simply means you need to submit it as a new course request through the Transfer Credit Portal while abroad. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

Not all courses listed are offered through the summer program at this partner institution. This list is a general guideline only–research the partner's website for actual course offerings.

UBC Vancouver
Forestry
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 and Fees

You will pay tuition directly to the partner institution for this program. Prices quoted on partner's website are in USD.

The partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Complete your research about the summer abroad program and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria (UBCV / UBCO), including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. 
  3. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice. If selecting a program that has limited enrolment (e.g. "Summer Exchange"), include a second choice as a backup on the same application by selecting the "Add Item" button.
  4. Where applicable, select the "Summer Exchange" experience to pay tuition to UBC or the "Study Abroad" experience to pay tuition to the partner institution. If you select "Summer Exchange", be sure to include a backup choice.
  5. If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program, a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application(s) and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution(s). 
  6. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted, after the application deadline.
  7. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university.

Accessibility

If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Go Global Fee Adjustment Policy for Summer Abroad

The Go Global Fee ($415.00 CDN) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However, it may be adjusted under the following circumstances.

If you are not matched to a partner university

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements

  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university

  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

If you withdraw from Go Global

To withdraw from your Go Global program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw from Go Global by the relevant deadline below, will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (reduced by $93.25).

  • March 30: For summer programs

  • June 30: For UBC Winter Term 1 and Full-Year exchange

  • September 30: For UBC Winter Term 2 and Split-Year exchange

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca.

Go Global Vancouver

Go Global's campus office is closed until further notice. At this time, you can contact Go Global by email, phone or virtually through Zoom.

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Partner Institution
EARTH University
Program Dates

2-week sessions that run from mid-May to mid-July

Country
  • Costa Rica
Area(s) of study
AgricultureApplied BiologyArtsBiologyEnvironmental ScienceForestryGeographyLand and Food Systems
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • January 28, 2021