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UF in Costa Rica - Art & Scientific Illustration
Chilamate, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer B
Budget Sheets Summer B
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer B 2018 05/01/2018 05/01/2018 08/01/2018 08/08/2018
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor: Brian Henry
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Field of Study: Art
Program Description:

UF in Costa Rica

Art and Scientific Illustration
Summer B: August 1 - 8, 2018

Costa Rica Art1

About the Program

Study first-hand the biology of fauna and flora of the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica. The emphasis of this program is on basic aspects of tropical rainforest and its natural history, while recording it through the discipline of scientific illustration. You will learn to record information via illustration. Drawing, sketching, color notes and the use of photography are utilized in this program to get the most out of a field experience. Learning to draw is a great asset to students of all disciplines as it enhances acute observation and greater knowledge of the subjects studied. The experience is intended to be multifaceted in its educational appeal to art, zoology, biology, wildlife conservation, entomology, agricultural and botany majors. Entrepreneur and business majors can also benefit from this course as many of the locations show how businesses are owned and operated by sole proprietors in both profit and non-profit businesses using conservation efforts.

About the Location

This program takes place in Chilamate, Costa Rica.


Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve (includes early morning birdwatching with guide), OTS La Selva Biological Station with guide, boat ride on Sarapiqui River, chocolate plantation guide at Tirimbina, local serpentarium with guide, Toucan Rescue Ranch & Sibu.


You will stay in shared bungalows at the Selva Verde Lodge. Rooms are triples or quads with individual beds, private baths, ceiling fans and regular hot running water for showers. Double and single rooms are available at an additional cost.

IDENTIFY, DESCRIBE, & EXPLAIN unique ecosystems of Costa Rica through visual journaling

ANALYZE & INTERPRET different forms of flora and fauna found in Costa Rican ecosystems through methods of scientific illustration

COMMUNICATE your findings by visually recording the flora and fauna of Costa Rican ecosystems to convey to the scientific world

Course Information

College of Art + Art History
Course taught by UF Faculty

ART 3807C: Interdisciplinary Studio (3 UFGPA credits)

Total Number of Credits Offered: 3


  • Open to all majors
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Students in good standing


Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program. UFIC recommends that you speak with your financial aid
advisor about your financial aid eligibility for study abroad. More information can be found at Student Financial Affairs.

2018 Pricing

Undergraduate Program Fee: $2,182

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses. Deferment decisions will be based on the amount of aid to be received.

What's Included:

Tuition for 3 UF GPA credits, in-country ground transportation, all meals, lodging, entrance fees, guides, airport pick-up/drop-off upon arrival and departure in Costa Rica, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare to Costa Rica (approx. $500-550 from Orlando), art supplies (approx. $50-$75), laundry, transportation to airport in the USA, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.


UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Brian Henry

Program Directors
Mindy Lighthipe