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A&M Costa Rica Biomedical Science
San Isidro de Penas Blancas, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Faculty-Led
Academic Area:
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Academic College: College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Academic Department: Biomedical Science, Veterinary Pathobiology
Minimum GPA:
Language courses available:
Language requirement:
Language of instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Leader:
Donald Brightsmith
Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
Open to non-majors:
Classification: Junior, Senior
Program Description:

Costa Rica Biomedical Science

Head Faculty Leaders

Dr. Donald Brightsmith
Veterinary Pathobiology

Dr. Jeffrey Musser 
Veterinary Pathobiology

Study Abroad Advisor

Larry Komrower

Keel-billed toucan, Costa Rica


View from the Texas A&M Soltis


Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica


Student at the Soltis Center waterfall, Costa Rica


Fall Semester 2015
San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica

Required "core" courses in a tropical rain forest. Key electives and a week of Spanish class by the beach. Top flight faculty and volcanoes. This program offers an unbeatable combination for pre-med, pre-vet, and other pre-health majors who want to have the semester of a lifetime while still advancing their degree plan. Students will receive an in depth introduction to Costa Rican and Latin American health, conservation, culture, and nature, then learn and use Spanish through a combination of classes and home stays. Courses will be taught with a "Latin flavor" to show how these sciences are applicable to Costa Rica and the world outside the classroom. Students will visit local clinics and hospitals and learn about the leading animal and human health issues facing Latin America today, then follow it up with a field trip to a national park and a walk on the beach. Wouldn't you like to have a working knowledge of Spanish and so many new experiences to write about on your next big application?

Note: BIMS majors must have completed their Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses before leaving for this program. Applicants should verify with their academic advisor to ensure that they've completed the required coursework.  

All students are required to take a total of 17 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • VTPB 489 : Special Topics in One Health and Ecology in the Tropics (3 cr.)
  • VTPB 405: Biomedical Microbiology (5 cr.)
  • BIMS/GENE 320 : Biomedical Genetics (3 cr.)
  • VIBS 310 : Biomedical Writing (1 cr.)
  • VTPB 303 : Medical Communication in the International Community (3 cr.)
  • Spanish language class by transfer credit (3 cr.)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPR and good academic standing
  • Approval of faculty
  • Junior or Senior classification
  • Must attend ALL program-specific orientations
  • Arenal and Poas Volcanoes
  • Spanish language course in Heredia and Flamingo Beach
  • Hot springs, waterfalls and rainforests
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $ 11,500
Lodging and Meals   $4,500  
Excursions and Cultural Site Visits  $1,800  
In-Country Transportation   $1,300  
Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses $1,475  
International Health Insurance $125  
Portion of Faculty Expenses $2,000  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $7,145+
Tuition and Fees (in-state resident for full-time status)* $4,700  
International Airfare $800  
Travel Documents (passport and visa--if needed) $145  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $1,000+  
Personal Spending varies  

*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.  Check rates at:
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office, or website here:

College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers two scholarship programs: The International Education Fee Scholarship and the Study Abroad Fellowship. Both of these scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:

Financial Aid:
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.

This program is currently not accepting applications.