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Tropical Disease, Environmental Change and Human Health


Costa Rica: Bribri, Puerto Viejo and 2 other cities


Fall, Spring

Degree Level


Subject Areas

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Conservation & Preservation
  • Culture
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Latin American Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Pre-med
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences

Cost in US$:

Please Contact Us for more information.

Program Fees Include:

Room and board, local travel, certain recreational activities, field and office equipment, and some computer services. They do not include international air travel, independent travel, nor personal effects and incidentals (i.e. souvenirs, snacks, etc.).

Non-Duke students should add USD 40 for a one-time only, lifetime transcript fee.

Experience Required


    OTS requires that students have one semester of college-level biology and one semester of Spanish language experience prior to their participation in this program.

This Program is open to

American and Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Dormitory
  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

OTS is committed to providing opportunities to all eligible students interested in participating in our programs. We make scholarship applications available to students upon acceptance into an OTS program and offer funding on a rolling basis. Applicants attending institutions that are members of the OTS consortium have priority, but all qualified applications will be considered. We have dedicated a substantial amount of funding to provide partial scholarships to students who need financial support. APPLY EARLY!!!

Application Process Involves

  • Essay
  • Letters of Reference
  • Online Application
  • Transcript

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks (Rolling Admissions)

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network