BIO 278 Tropical Biology – Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Osa Institute // West Liberty University
Remote Learning / Puerto Jiménez, CR
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In partnership with West Liberty University, Osa Institute is looking for interested students to enroll in BIO 278 Tropical Biology (4 credits) for non-majors with a 10 day study abroad field excursion in Costa Rica. Osa Institute is located in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, which is documented to contain 2.5% of Earth’s biodiversity within a small land mass. With Golfo Dulce, a tropical fjord, to Corcovado National Park, Osa Institute is situated in an ideal location to explore biodiversity and biological concepts. The 10-day field lab component will occur TBD in late June and include a mix of culture, marine and terrestrial conservation, research, and course-related projects. The lecture component is online remote learning beginning May 8th-June 30th for Summer I semester. COST: ~$664 per credit hour (out of state) West Liberty University Remote - West Liberty, WV $2,000 for 10-day Costa Rica Field Excursion *airfare not included Osa Institute Agujas, Costa Rica OPTIONAL EXTENDED STAY: Students who wish to complete the remote learning lecture component onsite in Costa Rica have the option to stay at Osa Institute For 1-4 weeks, $750 per week For 5+ weeks, $700 per week *meals, wifi, accommodation, a/c, & in-person assistance from professor included
To apply: First apply as a Transient Student at West Liberty University by visiting: Click the ‘Apply Now’ button. • New students can select ‘Sign Up’ to create an account. • An email will be sent to the student to verify their account. • After the account is verified, a student will be directed to start the application process What level are you applying for? ‘Undergraduate’ What type of student are you? Select ‘Transient (Visiting Student)’: If you want to take classes at WLU and transfer the credit to another institution. A transient or course approval form is required from the current institution for admissions review. Select ‘Special/Non-degree Seeking Student’: If you want to take classes at WLU but don’t plan to pursue a degree. A transcript from prior institution(s) must be submitted for admissions review. Term: Spring 2023 (UG) Once the application is completed, an electronic signature is required to review and submit the application. Transient or course approval forms and/or transcripts can be sent electronically to the Admissions Office at For application assistance, contact Michelle Panepucci, Assistant Director of Admissions Operations at E-mail Erin Allison at for questions, inquiries, and assistance with the enrollment processs
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