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 Hendrix - Murphy Foundation 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 an immersive home-stay experience with local familie, serval local field trips, plus a one-week excursion to more distant parts of Costa Rica. The summer 2024 program dates are June 1-July 16.

Summer 2024 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.

Co-taught by Dr. J. D. Gantz, Biology and Health Sciences and Dr. Carmen Merrick, Psychology

This course will examine the intersection of tropical biology and conservation psychology in Costa Rica. Additionally, students will hone their skills for scientific communication to broad audiences by writing “popular science” articles about conservation 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. 


Students who successfully complete this course will receive one Hendrix credit. Upon completion of the standard Odyssey requirements, students will also receive an Odyssey Global Awareness (GA) credit. 
As this Hendrix courses, the grade will appear on the student’s transcript and DOES figure into the cumulative GPA. 


Participation fee: $1,000*
Round-trip airfare & checked baggage (purchased by each participant): approx. $1,200
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. 

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 with demonstrated financial need meet the out-of-pocket expenses for Summer Language Programs. If needed, please contact Sarah Engeler - Young at the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation after you are selected for the program.


Students will have shared cabinas, a dining hall, and a classroom at the Casitas de Montaña Cabuya, a privately owned facility. For a portion of the trip (approx  2. weeks), students will reside with local host families, coordinated by the San Luis Development Association. 

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 2024:  June 1-July 16

Faculty Contacts

  • Dr. Gantz:
  • Dr. Merrick: