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A&M Costa Rica Biomedical Science
San Isidro de Penas Blancas, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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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
 Program Advisor:
Larry Komrower Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
 Open to non-majors:
Yes Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Costa Rica Biomedical Science Semester

Pre-Health Majors




Fall Semester 2014
San Isidro and San José, Costa Rica

Required "core" courses in a tropical rain forest. Key electives and a two weeks of Spanish on 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. Immunology and Biochemistry 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 a local school and learn about the health and diet issues Latin America faces, then follow it up with a field trip to a national park and night walk on the beach looking for endangered sea turtles. Wouldn't you like to have a working knowledge of Spanish and so many new experiences to write about on your next big application?

This program offers 12 TAMU credit hours plus 3 transfer credit hours. Pre-med and pre-vet, and other pre-health students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Students will enroll in the following courses:
  • VTPB 489: One Health and Ecology in the Tropics (3 hrs)
  • VTPB 405: Biomedical Microbiology (5 hrs)
  • BIMS/GENE 320: Biomedical Genetics (3 hrs)
  • VIBS 310: Biomedical Writing (1 hr)
  • VTPB 303: International Medical Communication (3 hrs)
  • Spanish course offered by CPI Costa Rica (3 hrs transfer available)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and instructor approval
  • Junior or Senior standing recommended
  • Must attend ALL program-specific orientations
  • Sea turtles, monkeys, macaws, and hummingbirds
  • Hot springs, waterfalls, and rainforests
  • Arenal and Poas Volcanoes
  • Study Spanish on the beach in Flamingo
  • Finca Luna Nueva Organic Farm and La Marina Zoo
  • La Selva Biological Field Station
  • Home stays, cooking and dancing in San José
  • Water rafting and canopy tour (optional)

FYI - The following costs are based on schedules from previous semesters and are intended for general guidelines only.  THESE COSTS WILL CHANGE.  New and more accurate costs will be posted during Fall 2013.

Estimated Program Fee  (subject to change) -- billed to University Account $11,400
Accommodations, Most Meals, Excursions & other Program Related Expenses $6,300  
In-Country Transportation $1,200  
CISI International Health Insurance $125  
Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses (tips, wire transfers, other) $1,475  
Portion of Faculty Expenses $2,000  
Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $6,700
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 14 credit hours) $4,250  
International Airfare $800  
Travel Documents (passport and visa--if needed) $150  
Some Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $1,000  
Textbooks & Supplies $500  
Personal Spending varies  

Faculty Contact
Dr. Donald Brightsmith,

Study Abroad Advisor
Larry Komrower,

This program is currently not accepting applications.