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  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Part of my summer experience at Costa Rica involved introductory hikes to each new site we visited. This picture was taken in the Cloud Forest at Monteverde Research Station. While there, we learned all about the ecology of the rain forest. The tree I am standing beside…

  • Credit: Jordan Gulli
  • Major: Program II-Astrobiology
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Hola from Costa Rica! We have one week remaining in the Duke/Organization for Tropical Studies Global Health program. Over the past 13 weeks, I have learned about the biological and sociocultural basis behind tropical diseases, the socioeconomic factors that affect global health, the benefits of well-managed ecosystems…

  • Credit: Nikhilesh Raju
  • Major: Environmental Sciences and Biology
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Class in the forest!

    The Duke/OTS Costa Rica Tropical Biology semester was truly special in that it allowed us to have classes in the middle of the biology we were studying! Here we are in Monteverde learning about gap dynamics.

    -Joellen Anderson, Occidental College

  • Credit: Joellen Anderson
  • Major: Urban and Environmental Policy
  • Tags: OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    My semester abroad in Costa Rica was one of the most challenging and outstanding experiences of my life. It was a time of not only learning about Costa Rica, tropical biology, and environmental policy, but it was a time of overall personal growth allowing me to…

  • Credit: Merrie Mosedale
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    This is a beautiful view of Lake Nicaragua from the biological field station cafeteria on Ometepe Island during the Duke/OTS in Costa Rica Program. Our classroom is the thatched building on the left. "But wait!" you say. "Lake Nicaragua isn't in Costa Rica!" This is true.…

  • Credit: Joe Reardon
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    It was, by far, my favorite semester. If you like the outdoors, travelling and a hint of environmental sci/biology, this is the program for you. It's a tight knit group of up to 30 students or so. We travelled all around the country learning about the…

  • Credit: Nathan Emery
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    Every night after a long day of hiking, collecting samples, and avoiding snakes, one or many of us would head out to the docks in Palo Verde. It was a time to unwind and recognize the beauty of the land that we had been thrown head…

  • Credit: Valerie Vaughn
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica, summer
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