Costa Rica

The perfect place to study in January is Costa Rica! This unique program will begin and end in Costa Rica’s capital of San José, and will also include stays in the Monteverde cloud forest and the beautiful Pacific coastal town of Quepos!

Explore sustainability and climate change impacts and solutions in one of the most biodiverse places in the world!

Enroll in one of these classes:

  BIO 304 – Ecology of Place (BCC MI, NS) or BIO 475 – Special Topics Biology or IS 490 – Directed Study and Travel Abroad: Costa Rica

  Dr. Sherri Morris (Biology) and Dr. Jeanie Bukowski (International Studies)

We will explore the unique ecology of Costa Rica, while highlighting the historical and cultural contributions of human populations to land use change and natural resource use patterns, allowing students to make deep and lasting connections to environment in a manner not available in other courses. The Costa Rican landscape will be discussed with regards to environmental concepts and will extend to include the impacts of human history and culture on this landscape. The goal is to develop a framework from which students will have the skills to make the educated decisions about resource utilization and environmental impact at local, regional and international levels that will be necessary for sustainable production and utilization of goods in the twenty-first century. Our on-site field experiences will include rainforest, cloud forest, and marine /coastal ecosystems.


  WLS 307 Costa Rica: A Contemporary Perspective (BCC IL)

  Dr. Deborah Kessler

Develop your Spanish language skills in a Spanish-speaking environment! We will also study the rich culture and society of contemporary Costa Rica as we explore the country! Prerequisites: WLS303 and 304 or consent of instructor.


  ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities (BCC WC)

  Dr. Juan Rios Vega

Join us as we explore issues of diversity in families, communities, and cultures in a warm, welcoming country. This course is open to all majors! We live and work in a multicultural country, and learning about diversity in our society is extremely important for all professions.

Program Details

   December 31, 2022 – January 15, 2023

Comprehensive fee of $4,000 includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
  • Sccommodations with breakfast each day
  • In-country transportation
  • 3 semester hours of Bradley credit
  • Textbooks
  • Excursions, site visits, and more!

Online Pre-Registration (required)

Begins Monday, April 4 on

Pre-registration does not require a deposit, and all classes have enrollment maximums, so pre-register early if you want to be enrolled! (Students who need to be wait-listed will be informed.) Classes are contingent on enrollment minimums in order to proceed.

Pre-registration will close August 1, 2022. Course enrollment will then be confirmed upon receipt of a payment of half of the program fee no later than Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. After this payment, the remaining balance is due no later than Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.

NOTE: a 2.50 minimum Bradley GPA is required to pre-register. (If you are a transfer student who has not yet recorded a Bradley GPA but wants to pre-register, write us at

Please be aware that participants in our Interim Programs Abroad are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19.