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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away
ISEP Earth University in Costa Rica - Integrated Study in Spanish
Founded in 1990, EARTH University’s innovative educational approach prepares young people from Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions, including Africa and Asia, to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries and construct a prosperous and just society. EARTH offers rigorous undergraduate programs in agricultural sciences and natural resources management with a prestigious, international faculty, providing a world-class scientific and technological education that emphasizes values, ethical entrepreneurship and environmental and social commitment.
EARTH was established by Costa Rican law in 1986 as a private, non-profit, international university and was created thanks to the support of the Costa Rican Government, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Languages of Instruction
Fall 2018: September to December
Spring 2019: January to April
All dates are tentative and may change. ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.
EARTH University Campus
EARTH University’s campus is located approximately halfway between the capital city of San José and the Caribbean port city of Limón, in the heart of the tropical Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. The 8,342-acre campus includes classrooms, laboratories, sustainable academic farms, sporting and recreational facilities, chief operational offices, student and faculty residences, a commercial banana plantation, reforested areas and a large, protected rainforest reserve. Since the academic and residential buildings are located around six kilometers (almost four miles) from the main entrance, you will find almost everything you need on campus.
Become fully integrated into the EARTH community and way of life alongside EARTH’s full-time undergraduate students from more than 40 countries across Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. You’ll take courses in environmental science, organic agriculture, sustainability, community development and Latin American studies, among others. 12 different course-load options are available.
Students have the opportunity to take courses in environmental science, organic agriculture, sustainability, community development and Latin American studies, among other offerings.
Four different course-load options are available for ISEP students each trimester. Further information regarding academic tracks for study abroad students can be found on the EARTH University website.
Fields of Study
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture, Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
- Natural Resources/Conservation:
Environmental Science, Sustainability Studies
- Area Studies
Latin American Studies
Here is a link that you can learn about the campus life at Earth University.
Housing and Meals
Students are provided with housing and meals.
Share a dorm room; share your culture. At EARTH, you will share a dorm room with another classmate of a different nationality in one of our thirteen gender-specific student residence buildings.
Within each room, you will have your own bed and an armoire to store your belongings. In addition, you will have small vanity table with drawers and a desk where you can study.
Each residence includes shared bathrooms, living rooms and gathering areas for de-stressing with your roommates.
Cleaning is divided among all residents, so you will take turns with your classmates to maintain your residence hall.
For convenience, the dorms are located within close walking distance of the cafeteria, classrooms, library and laundry facilities.
In 2011, EARTH opened a “green” dorm, featuring energy-efficient lighting, solar water heaters, and a rainwater collection system for toilets and outdoor sinks.