EARTH University Programs
The Office of International Academic Relations (RAI) at EARTH University offers a series of programs that contribute to the international academic development of students...
EARTH University Reviews
Foods, Water and Energy Systems in Costa Rica
Submitted by GLP - University of Michigan | May 27, 2017
This program was one of the best experiences in my life. Just being able to witness these renewable technologies already implemented into a country's infrastructure inspired me to work harder than ever to bring such technologies back to the U.S. All of the field trips and activities were so well-organized, and there was a perfect balance of organized activities and free time to explore and choose what we wanted to do. Not only did I gain practical skills and critical-thinking skills about renewable energy systems, but I gained an appreciation of things that cannot be put into words. For example, our excursion to Roots sustainable farm filled me up with such a positive energy and made me able to have hope for a better future. Everyone here was so friendly and willing to answer any questions I might have. ¡Pura vida!
Proud to have attended EARTH
Submitted by Jessica Ankley - University of Michigan | May 27, 2017
EARTH was a wonderful experience with very knowledgeable and helpful professors, students, and staff. I felt very welcome among the EARTH community and the campus was very beautiful and impressively sustainable. Learning about using waste as a commodity and understanding the importance of sustainable farm practices helped inspire me to bring the knowledge home and help improve my community and country's environmental standards. I will never forget my experience here, and am so thankful to have formulated such close bonds with my peers through our passion for sustainability.
Food Energy Water Systems
Submitted by Steve Wright - Ann Arbor | May 27, 2017
This is spoken as trip leader- I was really thankful that I had to spent almost no time in making arrangements for activities. That allowed me to concentrate in preparation for the course lectures which I had to do at the last minute because of changes in our program. I have always had to have more direct involvement in organizing and planning daily activities when I have had to do similar programs at other locations in the past.
Although adjustments had to be made to daily programs, it was not difficult to adapt my schedule to meet these changes.
Most activities were useful to the students and were interesting to my wife as well.
The University of Michigan is seriously considering to continue this program in the future and I will be asked to provide my evaluation related to that decision. I will recommend that they remain engaged with EARTH University. Depending on what their future considerations are, I would definitely consider to organize another program like this next year
Wolverines Experience the Pure (and remarkably sustainable) Life
Submitted by Lou Finazzo III - University of Michigan | May 26, 2017
From the moment I stepped out of the airport and met Ricardo (who would be our TA) and Ronald (our driver for the first half of our trip), I knew that my time in Costa Rica with EARTH was going to be a profound and positive experience. Both of them welcomed us with open arms and smiling faces, which was particularly nice for me as a first time international traveler. From there, the experience only improved with each passing day. Throughout our cohort`s time at EARTH, we were pleased to be received so warmly by the faculty, the students, and the various folks who provided us tours of the facilities that we visited. We had the opportunity to visit a hydroelectric project, a wind park, a geothermal plant, several agricultural operations, as well as many of the myriad projects that EARTH is executing at its two campuses. Between the education opportunities, we also participated in cultural events with EARTH students (we learned a traditional Rwandan dance and got to speak with students taking English class) and with the community (visited a small organic/sustainable farm and learned about an indigenous community in the Guanacaste region by practicing their traditional clay-making). We also, of course, had several beach days to enjoy ourselves, unwind, and experience the happy and relaxed lifestyle that draws so many to Costa Rica. All the while, we were getting to know each other, growing, and taking the time to get to know EARTH students and staff, who were equally as curious and interested us as we were in them. In everything we did, the staff and students at EARTH took the time to teach us, listen to us, answer our questions, and share their stories. Our TA, Ricardo, will always hold a special place in our hearts as he did everything possible to help us when we were in need, facilitate engaging activities, and, simply, made sure that we were having the best time possible. If you are looking for an immersive, intense, informative, and enjoyable study abroad experience, then Costa Rica is the country to do it in and EARTH University the school to provide it. I will never forget my time here and cannot wait to implement what I learned back home in the United States. This will be a country and a university community I will visit and be a part of for the rest of my life. ¡Pura Vida!
Food, Energy, and Water Systems in Costa Rica
Submitted by Bailey Minney - University of Michigan | May 26, 2017
This was a very fun course. I learned so much about the culture and sustainability, and I have a newfound love for the tropics. Every single professor was incredibly smart and knowledgeable on the topics they presented to us. I can´t wait to go back and test out the new things I learned for home, and I look forward to sharing my new knowledge with people in my country. I will treasure all the people I have met through this program for the rest of my life, and I feel like I have made lasting friendships. If anyone is in any doubt about coming to EARTH University, then they should definitely come. This has been absolutely the best experience. Our TA was amazing and was a huge part in making the trip as great as it was. Even though I am sad to have to leave, I am glad I made the decision to come here. If I had to go back and do it again, I definitely would.