Office of International Programs

Hendrix-in-Costa Rica

Costa Rica '15

A memorable and unique learning experience in a Latin American environment.

cr5 During this 6-week summer program, students experience the natural splendor and exciting culture of Costa Rica, a stable, safe, and democratic country located in Central America. The home base is San Luis, near the famed cloud forests of Monteverde. The program includes several local field trips plus a 1-week excursion to more distant parts of Costa Rica. The summer 2023 program dates are June 1-July 16.

Summer 2023 Coursework

Students will take both courses with the following instructors and earn two Hendrix course credits. Each course is designed for any student of any major to take. The class experience will consist of traditional classroom lectures, field excursions, and community interaction.

Dr. Carmen Merrick, Psychology

In this course we will examine the ways in which well-being is impacted by interaction with the natural world and the reciprocal relationship between humans and their environment, with a focus on wellbeing and conservation. We will learn about psychological and physical mechanisms of wellbeing and how wellbeing is impacted by interaction with nature. We will engage actively with nature and examine our experiences in terms of the theories covered in the course.

Dr. J.D. Gantz, Biology and Health Sciences (focus on scientific writing)

This course will look at the physiological adaptations that allow plants and animals to carve out specialized niches in the tropics. Additionally, it will explore the underlying evolutionary pressures that drive these adaptations, and examine the repercussions of human influence in an ecosystem where life is pushed to its limits. Students will also hone skills for scientific communication to broad audiences by writing "popular science" articles about life in the tropics. This assignment will include multiple rounds of revision focused on clarity of communication, finding the right level for the audience, and scientific accuracy

Language Skills

Courses are taught in English; no prior knowledge of Spanish is needed. 


As these are Hendrix courses, grades will appear on the student’s transcript and DO figure into the cumulative GPA.  Students can also receive Global Awareness (GA) Odyssey credit.   


Participation fee (paid to Murphy): $600*
Round-trip airfare & checked baggage (purchased by each participant): approx. $700-$900
Pocket money (for meals in transit, souvenirs, etc.)

*This fee, plus support from the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation, covers tuition, lodging, most meals, and field trips for the entire six weeks for approximately 12 student participants.

Financial Aid

cr1Federal aid may apply. Students are encouraged to verify their situation through the Hendrix Financial Aid Office.

The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation has a small discretionary fund to help students in financial need meet the out-of-pocket expenses for summer programs (typically up to $500). As a rule of thumb, if you are Pell eligible you may qualify for this assistance. Please contact Hope Coulter at the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation after you are selected for the program.


Students will have access to shared cabinas, a dining hall, and a classroom at the Casitas de Montaña Cabuya, a privately owned facility.

The closest town, Santa Elena, is 20 minutes away, and has grocery stores, restaurants, and a pharmacy. 

Costa Rica, 2015

Academic Calendar

Dates for Summer 2023:  June 1-July 16

Faculty Contacts

  • Dr. Gantz:
  • Dr. Merrick: