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This OSU Hybrid E-Campus course will occur online for the first 9 weeks of fall term 2014 followed by 10 days (Dec 11-21) in Costa Rica, hosted by the Monteverde Institute.
Online and Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
To be considered for acceptance into this special section of FOR 365, students must meet the following requirements:
The application process for this special course will occur in several stages over the months of June and July:
Do you have a desire to explore an international locale? What to see where your bananas, coffee, and almonds come from? And at the same time, meet your Contemporary Global Issues Bacc Core course out of the way? Then the hybrid course FOR365 – Costa Rica may be your ticket to learning and adventure.
FOR 365, Issues in Natural Resources Conservation, explores current and historical human uses of resources and how we can develop sustainable solutions to resource consumption. This Hybrid Course (part online, part face-to-face) will be online for the first nine weeks of the term. Then, grab your passport, pack your warm weather wear, and head to the airport. The class will meet face-to-face in Costa Rica, arriving in the Central Valley, traveling to the Caribbean Coastal Plain, up and around the volcanic spine of Central America to the Pacific Coast. Along the way we will explore fruit and coffee plantations, explore the mysteries of the Cloud Forests (Bosques Nubosos), and learn about sea turtle conservation. En route we will also dive into the global perspectives of the environmental, economic, and social issues that worked on during the online class portion.
This course will be an affordable way to knock out some of your required credits, have a meaningful international experience (not a resort vacation) and a good bit of fun, and maybe ignite your inner passion for Natural Resource Conservation. Most of the costs of the class and the trip are allowable educational expenses and covered by financial aid. Intrigued? Contact the instructor Ron Reuter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The course is planned expecting students to arrive at San Jose International Airport in the central valley and depart from Liberia International Airport on the Pacific Coast. Students that are planning to arrive prior to the in-country component or depart later than the end of class are responsible for being in San Jose for the first night of the group program and/or must arrange their on transportation for after the last day of the program.
We will be staying at a combination of hotels and ecological study areas. The hotels will likely be doubles and triples and the study areas will have bunk-style lodging. Depending on enrollment, there may be an option to pay extra for a single room for a few of the nights of lodging.
The program dates are December 11-21, 2014.
In addition to submitting this online application, please respond to the essay prompts below. All essays should be saved into one PDF document titled with the applicants first and last name. Email the PDF to Ron Reuter (Ron.Reuter@oregonstate.edu) by midnight (PST) on June 23, 2014.
1. Please write a brief autobiographical sketch that includes your personal history/family background, where you currently live, your work/educational experience, previous travel experience and other factors which have influenced your personal development. (approximately 1 page)
2. FOR 365 (Issues in Natural Resources Conservation) is offered on campus in Bend in addition to being a hybrid course. This Costa Rica Hybrid Course is the first time that FOR 365 will have an international travel component. Please explain why you decided to participate in this special section of FOR 365 and how you will actively contribute to this course. (approximately 1 page)
3. This course is a hybrid course that requires commitment to online learning and self-pacing to ensure success. While the Costa Rica component is a highlight, the first 9 weeks of the course are vital to making Costa Rica a meaningful experience. Explain your experience with online learning communities and how much time you expect to commit to this course during the term. What are your expectations for how this course will impact your OSU education and professional goals? (approximately 1 page)
The course has a built-in course fee that is paid to OSU to cover the costs of the on-the-ground program which includes lodging, most food, and transportation during the 11 day program. For 2014, this is projected to be $1600. You are responsible for paying airfare (depending on when purchased and where you are flying from between $600 and $1000). You have to have a passport (first-time costs ~$135). There is an exit fee that you need to pay Costa Rica (typically at the airport) that is currently $28. The course is run through Ecampus, so you pay for three credits with Ecampus which is in-state tuition plus a per-credit charge of $75.
Summary of estimated costs:
E campus tution for three credits + e-campus fee: $780
Program Fee (lodging, in-country transportation, field excursions, most meals) - charged to the student account: $1600
Airfare to Costa Rica - paid by student: $600-1200
Passport - paid by student: $135
OSU required safety and risk insurance - charge placed on student account: $60
Costa Rica exit fee - paid by the student: $28
Personal expenses - paid by the student: $50
Once OSU International Programs has confirmation of your enrollment, they alert the Financial Aid office of the costs of the program, airfare, and passport. Financial Aid will reassess your FAFSA and provide you access to more funding if you are eligible. You will then be able to use those funds to cover course costs.
For GI Bill coverage of program fees, you need to check in with you GI Bill Certifying Official to see what is allowed to be covered by your GI Bill funds.