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Duke Pratt in Costa Rica

Summer II
July 3rd -August 13th 2017

Duke Pratt in Costa Rica is a 6-week, 2-course summer program based in San Jose, Costa Rica focusing on fundamental concepts in Engineering.

The city of San Jose is not only the seat of national government for the country but also its center of economic activity and cultural capital.  Situated on a plateau in the Central Valley, it is surrounded by verdant mountains and valleys.  San Jose is known for its lively urban pace, museums, cultural venues, and markets.

All students will choose to participate in one of the two core-courses: Signals and Systems (BME 271A) OR Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations (MATH 353A).  All students must enroll in the Spanish language and culture course (SPANISH 92A).  

In addition to exploring the city of San Jose for cultural and lab activities, students will visit volcanos like Poas and Irazu to record seismic activity and the biological field station of La Selva, in the low-land tropical rain forest in the northeastern region of the country, to develop automated identification systems for some of the 857 bird species found there.

  • Postcard from Abroad