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  • Locations: Chilamate, Costa Rica; Tortuguero, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2017 03/01/2017 03/08/2017 05/23/2017 06/04/2017
NOTE: Deadline extended to March 1st.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Ethnic Studies
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Jessica Tharp
Course(s) Offered:
ETST 3995
Faculty Leader:
Omar Montgomery
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:


  • Hike through Costa Rica’s exquisite natural beauty and experience a chocolate rainforest tour
  • Visit a local school and an organic farm.
  • Visit the village of Tortuguero, located right on the coast and home to the nesting sites of sea turtles.
  • Keep a daily journal and an electronic photo album of your experiences.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Friday, January 27th from 12-1:00pm in Student Commons Room 2007
Friday, February 3rd from 12-1:00pm in Student Commons Room 2007


This Ethnic Studies Course that will introduce students to both traditional and non-traditional leadership models. We will measure the impact these different models have on the citizens, resources, and the dissemination of services within Costa Rica. This course will offer a multi-layered lens of leadership through the experience of American and Costa Rican leaders by exploring what factors influenced their leadership styles and decision making process.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have an understanding of the following:

  • Introduction to Costa Rican cultures and how they impact governmental policies
  • Critical observation of local traditions with an emphasis on how communities address urgent needs with minimum resources
  • Critical observation of Costa Rican current issues related to social justice and how they compare to current issues in the United States.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of problem solving
  • Have a basic understanding of how leadership and decision making can impact the social world
  • A basic understanding of the social dynamics of leadership by critically analyzing different hierarchical systems


Course Information

  • 3 Credits
  • ETST 3995
  • Housing



    $4,270 (approximately)

  • Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, activity fees, most meals, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
  • Not Included: international airfare, some meals, personal expenses, and exit fees
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    Faculty Leader


    This program is directed by Omar Montgomery

    Contact Mr. Montgomery at

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Maymester programs are considered part of summer term financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


    CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

    CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

    Additional Scholarship Information

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding: