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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

Students pay a $75 application, $19/wk overseas insurance, and a $600 affiliated studies registration fee to UT Austin. Students pay an application and program fee (tuition, housing) to CIEE. See the Provider website for details. Federal financial aid and scholarships apply for full-time summer (6 credits)/semester (12) enrollment.


- Spring
  • Program: January 22, 2024 to May 11, 2024
  • Instructional: January 22, 2024 to May 11, 2024
  • Priority Deadline: September 15, 2023
  • Final Deadline: October 14, 2023
- Summer Whole
  • Program: June 10, 2024 to August 3, 2024
  • Instructional: June 10, 2024 to August 3, 2024
  • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2024
- Fall
  • Program: August 19, 2024 to December 7, 2024
  • Instructional: August 19, 2024 to December 7, 2024
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2024

Application Code


Program Coordinator

Barbara Barstow

Additional Resources

Program Website
Peer Evaluations
Make an Appointment

Next Step

1) View mandatory advising videos Explore: Education Abroad 101 and Explore: Latin America. Attend a live EA Q&A to ask questions. 2) View the Ready to Apply video. 3) Self-authorize your application via the Get Started link below and apply! PC: Barbara Barstow. Find advising videos, Q&A events at

Program information above is subject to change