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COSTA RICA STUDY ABROAD – Spring Intersession 2019 – Physical Geography (College of Alameda)

June 1 - June 15

Faculty Leader: Gary Hasbrouck

1) ONLINE APPLICATION/$100 DEPOSIT (Deadline February 15, 2019): Register Here – Please select: COSTA RICA (June 1 – June 15, 2019) College of Alameda Physical Geography – Gary Hasbrouck (gmhasbrouck@peralta.edu)

2) Informational Meeting:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST)

College of Alameda (Room F-109) | 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway | Alameda, CA 94501

Register Here


Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad

Peralta Colleges Foundation Scholarships (Application Deadline March 1, 2019)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Application Deadline March 5, 2019) – Applications will open in mid-January 2019.

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COUNTRY: Costa Rica

COLLEGE/CLASS: College of Alameda – Geography 48CR – Spring Intersession 2019- Course #TBD (1 unit)

DATES: June 1 – June 15, 2019

COST: $2,465 (Includes Flight*, Lodging, Meals, Transportation and Activities/Excursions)
*Flight cost subject to change based on fluctuation rates as of March 15, 2019 when all remaining flight costs are due.

Additional Expenses not included (paid separately): Travel insurance, passport (if you do not have one already), and enrollment fees for 1 unit GEOG-48CR (Course #TBD).


February 15, 2019: $100 Deposit (non-refundable) – with copy of Passport
March 15, 2019: Remaining Flight Costs due – $880 (non-Refundable) *Flight cost subject to change based on rates on this date
April 1, 2019: On-ground expenses due – $1,485
-$700 may be refunded if cancelled 30 days before the trip (May 2, 2019 at 11:59pm)

No Refunds will be provided after May 2, 2019 at 11:59pm.

All cancellations must be sent in writing via email to Drew Gephart at dgephart@peralta.edu. Cancellations are effective on the date and time they are received. A student must still submit their cancellation in writing to receive a refund, even if they miss a payment deadline. Deposit and cost of flight are non-refundable.

$100 Deposit and Recurring Payments made by check to “Santours”, subject “Costa Rica Study Abroad”, and turned in person or mailed to:

Peralta Community College District
Office of International Education
333 East 8th Street
Oakland, CA
c/o Drew Gephart

Please include copy of passport with deposit payment.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Drew Gephart (dgephart@peralta.edu) / 510-587-7834 and Gary Hasbrouck (gmhasbrouck@peralta.edu)


COLLEGE/CLASS: College of Alameda – GEOG 48CR (1 Unit) – Spring Intersession 2019- Course #TBD

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Field trip emphasis is on the physical and human geography of Costa Rica. Along the way, we will walk rainforest trails, look over a volcanic crater rim, observe abundant wildlife and snorkel in the warm tropical Pacific Ocean. Participants must attend a pre-trip meeting in Alameda, California.


May 31 – Fly from Bay area to Costa Rica

Day 1: Saturday, June 1.
Flight Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica. Dinner and overnight at Casa Cielo Hotel (D)
Day 2: Sunday, June 2
Departure to Poás Volcano National Park. Short walk to crater rim. Lunch at Coope Sarapiquí. Coffee tour. Check in, dinner and overnight at Tirimbina Field Station (B, L, D)
Day 3: Monday, June 3
After breakfast natural history walk at Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, box lunch and return to Field Station. After dinner lecture: History of Conservation in Costa Rica. Night walk to the pond to look for tropical frogs. Overnight at Tirimbina Field Station. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Tuesday, June 4
6:00 am. Birding in the gardens. After breakfast research projects in the rain forest. Dinner at the Field Station, followed by bat mist netting. Overnight at Tirimbina Field Station. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Wednesday, June 5
After breakfast depart to La Fortuna. Visit Observatory Point at Arenal Volcano National Park, Lunch at Observatory. Check in at Cabinas La Catarata. Dinner at La Fortuna. Overnight in Cabins La Catarata. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Thursday, June 6
After breakfast rainforest chocolate tour. Visit community owned La Fortuna Waterfall (great example of integration of tourism and the community). Lunch at Organic Farm. Visit Los Laurels Hot Springs. Dinner and over night at Cabins La Catarata. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Friday, June 7
7:00 am. Breakfast. Travel to Curú National Wildlife Refuge. Boat trip on Tarcoles River, (crocodiles and great birding). Lunch in the area. By ferry to Nicoya Peninsula. Check in at Alkamar Hotel on Tambor Beach. Free afternoon to enjoy the beach. Dinner and overnight at Alkamar. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Saturday, June 8
After breakfast visit to Curu National Wildlife Refuge. Snorkeling at Tortuga Island. Lunch at Curú. Walk Curú trails. Dinner and overnight at Alkamar. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Sunday, June 9
Breakfast and depart by Ferry to Puntarenas. Continue south along the Pacific Coast to town of Uvita. Lunch on the way. Overnight at Dominical. Barú Field Station. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Monday, June 10
Visit Marino Ballena National Park. (Great study case about conservation and community development.) Box lunch. Opportunity to enjoy the wonderful resources and serene beach of the Park Dinner and overnight at Barú Field Station. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Tuesday, June 11
7:00 am. Breakfast. Depart to San Gerardo de Dota in the mountains. Lunch along the way. Check in at Querc Field Station. Overnight at Querc Field Station. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Wednesday, June 12
Early birding: Resplendent Quetzal and other great species. After breakfast, travel by bus to the Paramo (high elevation grassland) and walk through the timber line into the great oak forest. Box lunch. Overnight at Querc Field Station. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Thursday, June 13
7:00 am. Breakfast. Visit Rio Savegre Waterfall. Lunch at the Querc Field Station. Depart to San José. Farewell dinner at Casa de Cielo. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Friday, June 14
After breakfast in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, then transfer to the Airport. Back to USA (B)

All students participating in this program will need to complete the following:

  1. Pre-Travel Study Abroad Information Form
  2. Enroll in the course associated with this program
  3. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you are eligible for Aid and review this Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad
  4. Apply for Scholarships through the Peralta Colleges Foundation
  5. Read and sign Study Abroad Assumption of RisksWAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT, &  STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT
  6. Apply for a Passport (if you do not have one already – Check expiration date on Passport as well)
  7. Read our Pre-Departure Handbook
  8. Register with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – https://step.state.gov/step/
  9. Attend mandatory pre-departure orientations (Dates: TBD)
  10. Obtain proper immunizations as listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website – https://www.cdc.gov/


June 1
June 15
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costa rica
San Jose, Costa Rica + Google Map