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In Monteverde, you'll feel like you're on top of the world, but really, you've reached the central point of the nation's continental divide. Situated at 4,662 ft above sea level, Monteverde, Costa Rica is a lot like the United States' Pacific Northwest region - a tropical lush evergreen zone known as the Cloud Forest.

Within the cloud forests of Monteverde - Tens of thousands of diverse insects. - 2,500 species of plants (420 are strictly orchids). - 400 varieties of birds. - Over 100 types of mammals.

This is truly a great place to study conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, and tropical ecology.


Area(s) of Study

  • Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Natural Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Human Ecology

Sponsored by CIEE - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

The CIEE Study Center in Monteverde has a long tradition of high academic quality in the natural sciences. Please see program website for more detailed information regarding the academic content of a specific program. Below is the link to the summer course listings.


The courses are taught by the Resident Director and local faculty. Guest lecturers are invited to discuss their areas of expertise.

Language(s) of Instruction

Spanish and English


Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - Yes


SUMMER PROGRAM: Students live in a biological station. SE PROGRAM: Students placed in individual homestays. TEC PROGRAM: Students placed at biological station (2 months), homestay (1 month), and travel with CIEE throughout Costa Rica (1 month).

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

For up-to-date comprehensive fee breakdowns and estimated additional cost information, visit the CIEE website.

Program Dates:

- Spring
  • February 7, 2021 to May 18, 2021
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: October 1, 2020
- Summer Whole
  • June 14, 2020 to August 9, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2020
- Fall
  • August 20, 2020 to November 28, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Peer Evaluations
Photo Gallery

Next Step

1) Attend 'Explore Latin America' info-session for summer OR semester programs. See website for dates and locations. 2) Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss credit. 3) Attend Ready to Apply session with Eli Klosterboer. Further instructions provided at Explore session. 4) Complete Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation.

Program information above is subject to change