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Spartans Academy Abroad

Costa Rica, August 2019

UT has partnered with Costa Rica’s renowned Monteverde Institute to offer a unique, international program for incoming UT freshmen. This two-week multidisplinary course will focus on environmental politics, conservation, sustainability and biological.

Led by UT biology professor Mason Meers and political science professor Kevin Fridy, students will learn through a combination of lectures, discussions with local groups and observational studies. In the wake of the U.N. Climate Change Conference and landmark Paris Agreement, students will gain real-world experience in the issues surrounding climate change and sustainability.

  • Gain international contacts for jobs and graduate programs
  • Boost your résumé with real-world learning and research
  • Get ahead in your coursework with 8 credit hours


Aug. 5: Arrive on campus

Aug. 6: Pre-departure orientation

Aug. 7: Travel by plane to Costa Rica

Aug. 21: Return to UT

Aug. 23: First-year orientation begins

Course Credit

Students will earn 8 credit hours toward the Baccalaureate Experience core curriculum requirement. This will create additional room in their four-year schedule, providing the possibility of earning an additional major, completing an internship or even graduating early.

Students are also automatically enrolled in UT’s Certificate in International Studies, a valuable enhancement to any degree.


Students participating in the program will be awarded a scholarship to cover the registration fee and tuition for the 8 credits that they will be receiving for the course work completed through the program. The scholarship is not applied towards the program fee of $5,500.


Questions specific to admissions? Email or call (813) 253-6211.

Questions specific to Spartans Academy Abroad in Costa Rica? Email or call (813) 258-7433.