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Tropical Biology


Costa Rica: Guanacaste, La Selva, Puerto Viejo and 2 other cities



Degree Level


Subject Areas

  • Animal Science
  • Biology
  • Conservation & Preservation
  • Culture
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences

Cost in US$:

Contact us for current program costs.

Program Fees Include:

Cost includes tuition, room and board, local travel, certain recreational activities, field and office equipment, computer services, and textbooks. International travel, independent travel, incidentals, and personal spending are not covered.

Non-Duke students should add USD 40 for a one-time only, lifetime transcript fee. Please note fellowships are available for this program.

Experience Required


    OTS requires that students have one year of college-level biology before participating in this course.

This Program is open to

American and Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Dormitory

Participants Travel

in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

Funding is available through the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation for qualified, under-represented students in the biological sciences. Other scholarships are available on the basis of financial need. All applicants are asked to fill out a financial aid form, which is used to determine a student's financial contribution to the program.

Application Process Involves

  • Letters of Reference
  • Online Application
  • Transcript
  • Essay

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks (Rolling Admissions)

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network