HTM Costa Rica Faculty-Led Study Abroad

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - ¡Pura Vida!  Join us on an adventure in the tourism capital of Central America – experience not only rainforest hikes, white-water rafting, and zip lining; but also the Tico Pura Vida culture through experiences like chocolate making and Latin American dance classes.  Explore national parks and natural areas, stay in eco-lodges, Costa Rican University dorms, and even spend a night with a Costa Rican family.

This is a faculty-led study abroad program through the GVSU Padnos International Center.

Costa Rica: Geotourism & International Food and Culture

2020 Excursions & Highlights:

  • Engage in zip lining and white water rafting activities to gain a better understanding of Adventure Tourism
  • Visit National Parks and Preserves to facilitate an understanding of Nature Tourism and wildlife conservation
  • Explore chocolate farms on horseback, tour the world’s only Starbucks coffee plantation, visit a sugar and banana plantation to help facilitate your learning about Costa Rican food culture

HTM 175*: International Food and Culture (3 credits) AND
HTM 368**: Geotourism (3 credits) OR
HTM 399: Independent Study
*Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives Requirement
**Fulfills a course in General Education Issues: Sustainability

2019 GVSU HTM Costa Rica students wearing wetsuits on the beach before surfing lessons

The 2019 HTM Costa Rica Study Abroad students before starting their surfing lesson.

2020 HTM Costa Rica Program

Program Dates: May 1 - May 27, 2020

The total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses) is $9,651, which includes:

  • Program Fee ($5,530)
    • Round-trip airfare
    • Accommodation
    • All Meals
    • Field trips and entrance fees
    • All ground transportation
  • Tuition - 6 Credits ($3,396)
  • Other Expenses ($725 estimated)
    • Spending money ($400)
    • Vaccinations ($147 - optional)
    • Passport ($150)
    • ISIC card - optional ($28 - optional)

Program Directors

Dr. Mark Gleason Headshot

Mark Gleason

Mark Gleason

Mark Gleason, Ph.D.
Hospitality & Tourism Management Dept.
284C DeVos Center
Pew Campus

Gail Zemmol and a sloth in Costa Rica in 2019

Gail Zemmol

Gail Zemmol

Gail Zemmol
Hospitality & Tourism Management Dept.
276C DeVos Center
Pew Campus

GVSU Padnos International Center Information

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Padnos International Center

130 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401

Walk-In Advising Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hours are extended to 7pm on Wednesdays during the fall & winter semesters.
No appointment necessary!

The Impacts of Tourism in Costa Rica

This short video was created by GVSU HTM student, Alivia Cerny, who used footage from her experiences during the 2018 HTM Costa Rica program.