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Spartans Academy Abroad

Costa Rica, August 2017

UT has partnered with Costa Rica’s renowned Monteverde Institute to offer a unique, international program for incoming UT freshmen. This two-week multidisplinary course will focus on environmental politics, conservation, sustainability and biological diversity.

Led by UT biology professor Mason Meers and government and world affairs professor Kevin Fridy, students will learn through a combination of lectures, discussions with local groups and observational studies. In the wake of the U.N. Climate Change Conference and landmark Paris Agreement, students will gain real-world experience in the issues surrounding climate change and sustainability.

  • Gain international contacts for jobs and graduate programs
  • Boost your résumé with real-world learning and research
  • Get ahead in your coursework with 8 credit hours


Aug. 7: Arrive on campus

Aug. 8: Pre-departure orientation

Aug. 9: Travel by plane to Costa Rica

Aug. 23: Return to UT

Aug. 24: First-year orientation begins

Course Credit

Students will earn 8 credit hours toward the Baccalaureate Experience core curriculum requirement. This will create additional room in their four-year schedule, providing the possibility of earning an additional major, completing an internship or even graduating early.

Students are also automatically enrolled in UT’s Certificate in International Studies, a valuable enhancement to any degree.


Students participanting in the program will be awarded a scholarship to cover the registration fee and tuition for the 8 credits that they will be receiving for the course work completed through the program. The scholarship is not applied towards the program fee of $5,500.


Questions? Email or call (813) 253-6211.