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  • Locations: Mastatal, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
English
Minimum GPA:
2.5 or by Professor Permission Faculty-Led Program Status: Available
College: College of Fine & Applied Arts Credits: 3 credits
Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
Costa Rica STBE

Program Description

This one-week Spring Break program is offered in cooperation with workshop coordinator Ian Woofenden of Renewable Reality. Students will learn about solar electricity for the developing world in the rural mountains of Costa Rica. The program is focused on learning through hands-on work. We'll spend about one-third of our time in the classroom, studying solar electricity technology basics. The rest of our time will be in the field or lab, getting our hands dirty, learning by doing. Our home will be Rancho Mastatal, a 300-acre educational permaculture farm with amazing forests, rivers, waterfalls, and natural resources, located outside La Cangreja National Park and in the remote village of Mastatal.

Course

TEC 3540 Solar Electricity for the Developing World – 3 credits (undergraduate)
TEC 5540 Solar Electricity for the Developing World – 3 credits (graduate)

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Billable Program Cost: $3,200.00

Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and CCS/OIED administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $150.00
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: immunizations, personal expenses, and some meals.  

*Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering Costa Rica. 


Payment Schedule
  Amount Deadline
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $1,450.00 11/30/17
Last Payment $1,450.00 1/16/18

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.

Dates

Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from 03/02/18 to 3/10/18.

Pre-Program Meetings

At least 2 pre-travel meetings. Dates and times TBD.

Post-Program Meetings

At least 1 post-travel meeting. Dates and times TBD.

Program Leaders

Brent Summerville
Practitioner-In-Residence
Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
summervilleb@appstate.edu

Landon Pennington
Adjunct Instructor
Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
penningtonle@appstate.edu

 

Program leader biographies

Brent Summerville
Brent Summerville participated in an Appalachian State University program to Nicaragua in 2006 where he helped design and install a microhydro system at a coffee farm; he has taught numerous renewable energy workshops since 2005 and has traveled internationally for wind energy work since 2009. Brent enjoys tinkering with wind, solar and hydro systems, playing banjo, electric bikes, being a dad and husband, VW buses, beer and traveling with Appalachian students.

Landon Pennington
Biography coming soon.
 

How to Apply

  1. SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
  2. PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
  3. PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
    • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
    • Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
  4. BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
 

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 01/31/2018 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.