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					  University Center for International Studies
  University of Pittsburgh at Titusville

           Pitt in Costa Rica
                     FOR SUMMER 2009
  The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and the Study Abroad Office are excited to introduce a
 summer study program in which students will spend four weeks at the La Suerte Field Station in
Costa Rica. This program will be led by Professor Christopher Coat , Assistant Professor of Biology at
                              the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.
The Location:
La Suerte Biological Field Station has been in operation since 1993 and has provided field ecology
courses taught by university faculty from throughout the USA. Their field site location is privately
owned and has a field manager in residence. The field site contains 700 acres containing a wealth
of habitats, including primary and secondary wet tropical forests, bamboo forest, swamps, marshes
and pasture.
The field station is near a resettlement village and is 25 minutes from the small city of Cariari. The
area around the field station is dotted with banana plantations, processing plants, and cattle
ranches. It is wonderfully suitable for examination of an array of ecological issues. The site itself is
self-contained with cabins, a faculty house and a kitchen and dining area. In addition, there are
teaching facilities, a library, and research lab area. The site has its own well (tested and safe). The
cabins have showers, flush commodes, and their own septic system. It is an ideal location to experi-
ence tropical ecology.

The Program:
All students will arrive at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and stay together that night at a
designated hotel. All students will then travel together via bus to the La Suerte Biological Field Sta-        Web Resources:
tion. Field activities will generally require walking; however, bus transportation will be provided for       STUDY ABROAD OFFICE
more distant activities such as visits to one of the banana plantations and processing plants which   
are located adjacent to the field station, or for visits to Cariari.
                                                                                                             LA SUERTE FIELD STATION
All students will take the course Biology 1380: Global Ecology in Costa Rica. This 3 credit course uses
ecological principles as a foundation to address major environmental problems that have faced and
will continue to face the world in past, present, and future. Special emphasis will be given to Costa        PITT IN COSTA RICA WEBSITE
Rican tropical concerns (i.e. agriculture, ecotourism, biodiversity, deforestation). Possible solutions to         pantherprograms/
these ecological problems will also be addressed. This course will use lecture supplemented by video               pittincostarica.html
and field experience.
Students in this program will spend four weeks in the tropics in May 2009, experiencing
an immersion in rural Costa Rica. Costa Rica will be used as a hands-on tropical reference
to social, political, economic, and environmental problems facing the tropics. The Costa
Rican point of reference will be contrasted against that of other countries, especially the
United States.
In this intensive course, students will be in the classroom or field for six to eight hours per
day, six days a week. Generally, students will spend three to four hours in the field during
the morning, and three hours in classroom lectures and discussions.

                        Jeff Whitehead    Professor Christopher Coat
               Study Abroad Advisor       On-Site Faculty Director
               University of Pittsburgh   University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
                802 William Pitt Union    112 Broadhurst Science Center
                 Pittsburgh, PA 15260
                                          Titusville, PA 16354
                                                                                   Application Deadline:
                                          30 January 2009
  SUMMER 2009 PROGRAM DATES                                                     SUMMER 2009 PROGRAM FEE
                                                                                   This program fee is an estimation.
              Subject to Change
                                                                  In-State Pitt Students:              $2,400.00
                  Program Dates                                   Out-of-State Pitt Students:          $3,006.00
       Depart for Costa Rica: 4 May 2009
        Arrive in Costa Rica: 4 May 2009                          This fee includes:
         End of Program: 29 May 2009                              ♦ Tuition for three credits
                                                                  ♦ Housing
                                                                  ♦ Meals
                                                                  ♦ HTH Health Insurance Coverage
              ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS                              ♦ Bus transportation to/from San Jose and La Suerte
    • Applicants must have a 2.75 QPA. (For students                  Field Station
      who are below this requirement, possible exceptions
      could be made by the dean of your school or                 Additional Expenses:
      college. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for         Students will need to budget for airfare, meals, books,
      forms and procedures.)                                      and personal expenses. Note that these prices are
    • Applicants must have completed at least 24                  estimates only. Please keep in mind that personal
      University credits prior to program departure.              expenses vary widely, depending on lifestyle and travel

                                                                     Pitt Non-refundable Application Fee           $50
                  HOUSING AND MEALS                                  Pitt Administrative Fee                       $350
                                                                     Airfare (round-trip to Costa Rica)            ~$800
Housing                                                              Books                                         TBA
Students sleep in cabins on the field site grounds. Each             Personal Expenses                             $400
cabin contains screened-in rooms, showers (no hot water),
and flush toilets. Students sleep on bunk beds (4-6 to a                                                    Students planning to
room) fitted with sheets, pillows, and foam mattresses.                                                     extend their stay and

Meals are provided in the kitchen/dining room area of the
faculty house. Meals are served buffet style in a screened
dining hall, and include a combination of traditional
Central American cuisine and more typical North American
dishes. Meals include fresh fruit and vegetables, yucca,
heart of palm, bananas and other foods local to the region.
Efforts are made to accommodate dietary needs.
                                                                  travel extensively should
Language                                                          budget more for personal
Classes will be taught in English and the field site
management all speak English. English is also broadly
spoken in the local community surrounding the field                           SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
station. Knowledge of Spanish is useful but not necessary.        Students who wish to apply for financial aid should do
                                                                  so as early as possible to the Office of Admissions and
Vaccinations                                                      Financial Aid Office, Alumni Hall. In addition to financial
The La Suerte Biological Field Station asks that all students     aid, these scholarships are some of those applicable to
consult their doctors or public health services regarding
                                                                  the PITT IN COSTA RICA program:
vaccinations and medicines for travel to Costa Rica. The
field station recommends that students have a tetanus                  ♦   Study Abroad Scholarships
booster every 10 years; 5 years for puncture wounds, bites             ♦   Provost’s Scholarships for Study Abroad
and other contaminated wounds.
                                                                     See the Study Abroad Handbook and/or website
                                                                      for more information on other scholarships and
                                                                                      financial aid.

                                                                             Applications available online:

                                 Note: All information in this brochure is subject to change.