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EARTH University

About

EARTH is a private, non-profit, international and multicultural University with a rigorous four-year undergraduate program in agricultural sciences, sustainability, and natural resources management.

Through an experiential and student-centered learning approach, EARTH also provides students from around the world with meaningful short-term academic experiences in English on a wide array of topics such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, environmental issues, community engagement, waste management, renewable energies, and carbon management tools.

Reviews

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Marlene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Pura Vida 02

My experience here was amazing and I am so glad I made the decision to come to CR. I will definitely return to CR perhaps even to live. I am not more nature friendly and aware of the issues planet Earth is facing. I learned about treating was water and how to recycle and how to calculate carbon dioxide emissions. My favorite trip was going to Isla de las Tortugas because it was the very first time I went snorkeling and in fact that first time I went inside the ocean. Thanks to this program my vision for the future has been found. As a manufacturing engineering student I would like manufacture any products in the most sustainable method possible.

What would you improve about this program?
The program was great but maybe a destinations that could be visited on our down time would be great.
Response from EARTH University

Hi Marlene!

We are more glad or as equal as you for choosing Costa Rica and EARTH University as your study abroad program.

We encourage you to come back, be an entrepreneur, set up a company and help us improve what we are doing, your knowledge is very valuable.

Thank you very much for choosing Costa Rica and we really hope you come back. You have our contacts, feel free to write us any time, our doors are always open!

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Lida
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tackling Environmental Issue

This course has provided me with a very unique international experience in Costa Rica that many other programs may lack. There are not many locations similar to Earth University. The educational system with its emphasis on creating solutions to global problems is in a league all of its own. The course material went very in depth, and as a student, I was able to gain some professional knowledge which I will likely be able to use in a future career.

Response from EARTH University

Hi Lida,

Thank you very much for your feedback and review, we are really happy that this program help you enable your professional knowledge to use it in your future career.

We also encourage you to keep doing study abroad programs, this will make you a global citizen capable of solving global issues with your major!

We wish you the best endeavours!

Thank you for coming!

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Guadalupe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

pura vida summer 2018

Translation: I liked the experience of coming to Costa Rica, the people were very nice. I would like to come again in the future. I like the programs they offer. Something that I liked was when we visited the house of a senor (roots farm) because the food the walk and the history of the senor was something very beautiful that I will never forget. As a Mexican and a Latina, I am glad that I came to this country and in the future I will visit more Latin American countries and return to Costa Rica.

me gusto la experience de venir a costa rica, la gente fue muy agradable. me gustario venir otra vez en el futuro. me gusta los programas que ofrecen. algo que me gusto fue cuando visitamos la casa de un senor (raices farm) porque la comida la caminata y la historia de el senor fue algo muy bonita que nunca voy a olvidar. Como mexicana y latina que soy me da gusto que vine a este pais y en el futuro voy a visitar mas paises Latinoamericanos y regresar a costa rica. pura vida

What would you improve about this program?
El programa puede mejorar en ir a mas lugares de costa rica para tener mas experiencia.
Response from EARTH University

We really appreciate that you enjoyed visiting Raices Farm! as Latinos that we are we really appreciate that you took the time to get to know your fellow latinos.

We encourage you to travel more to other sites in Latin America and South America as well, doesn't matter were we go, the latin american flavour will still be there!

We really hope to have you back in Costa Rica at any time soon!

Safe Travels!

Carie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tackling Environmental Issues

I really enjoyed learning and applying the concepts we used in a classroom setting to a real life example while going on field trips to understand the impacts from our course. I found the concepts covered important and informative; making sure to address different contextual factors while attempting to understand and create sustainable solutions. This program was a good balance of fun and engagement in the subject matter, especially given that not everyone in the program was in the field of environmental sciences.

What would you improve about this program?
I think creating more balance between indoor and outdoor activities on a day to day basis would improve it. It seemed that most of the field trips occurred in the span of a week, but the analysis happened the following week, which, by the time, some of the information was forgotten.
Response from EARTH University

Thank you for coming to EARTH University. As you say, our educational model is based on learning while doing and we are really glad that you found a balance in the program contents.

We also appreciate your feedback, we will improve our program contents in order to make it more balance and distribute 50/50 the field trips and the analysis,

thank you very much for coming to EARTH University, we hope we can have you back!

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megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

intensive training in responsibility for individual waste management

i have too many favorite memories that are truly ineffable. our professors are not only highly educated, but also beautiful people. the field trips are mind blowing, enough for anyone to appreciate our majestic planet.
if i must pick one full circle experince
snorkeling in Tortuga:
i was able to feed gorgeous fish from my hands, i cried from on the way home that night from all the beauty and joy i experienced. however, understanding the fact that all of my amazing fish friends will be dead the next week due to red tide is the most heart wrenching thing i can think of. The beach of Tortuga was the most beautiful i have ever seen, though the sands are covered in bleached, dead coral from the reefs... the juxtaposition was hard to comprehend. i am so grateful i have experienced the biodiversity that my children will never see...
i surely hope we can turn climate change around, it is breaking my heart and will kill us all.

What would you improve about this program?
more hands on learning activities, possibly hold students more accountable for there own waste production during there stay. make them use less A/C, gasoline, sort there garbage, use less power and turn there fans off when not using the dorms. an intensive training program such as this, will hopefully allow them to be more responsible once they return home. not only learning to appreciate the earth and environment but training them to better care for it for the rest of there lives (the short term students are amazed by beauty, however there habits are not necessarily reflecting their new feelings...)
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Response from EARTH University

Hi Megan!

We trully enjoyed reading your review and feedback. It is amazing how much you can learn when we travel abroad, it opens our mind to see a new perspective on things that we might already now. For us Turtle Island is also one of the best places to visit in Costa Rica and we are glad that you had the chance to visit the place.

We trully support your toughts in regards of the efforts in conservation and holding students accountable for the recycling process. We will encourage our future students more in order hold them accountable for the values that we preach at EARTH University.

Thank you for coming to EARTH and we hope to have you back !

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Megan Huber

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Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I've always known that the main issue we face in our lifetime is overpopulation. However, I also know that this knowledge is not enough; we need a solution. How will we turn our biological disasters into enhancements so that we may continue to survive on this planet alongside all the other ecosystems in some sort of harmony? This was the objective question I had been led to research on.

EARTH Universidad was the perfect destination for me to understand the reality of our overconsumption of resources as well as to discover how to mitigate our impact and live within this new ecosystem we have created.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider assisted with everything! I was well cared for with three square meals a day, a very nice dorm room with a wonderful cleaning lady named Georgina, and a fabulous Teacher's Assistant/translator named Ricardo. These are all included in the cost of the program up front.

These accommodations left me with little to worry about so I was free to learn about Environmental Sustainability practices in Costa Rica and attend some of the most breathtaking experiences of my life during our field trips across the country.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

For my program in specific, I wish I would have brought more long pants and disposable shirts. I brought mostly tank tops and shorts, which was great 90% of the time, but for a few of our muddy excursions in the fields and the banana packing plant, I wish I would have been better prepared. However, to my program’s credit, rubber boots were provided to me the entire time!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Our program took place six days a week from 9 AM until 4 PM with 2-hour lunch breaks. On our day off, our group was given free time and had reign of the campus. Three days out of the week, we would have classwork in the morning and field trips in the afternoon. Four days a week, we would be on an excursion field trip, either on or off campus, getting a full picture of the information we had been learning earlier in the week.

For one of our field trips, we were bused to the other side of the country, attended a crocodile safari, stayed in a hotel for the night, got on a catamaran, sailed to an island, went snorkeling, and then went back to the university on the other side of the country! It was an amazing few days!!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear going out of my own country is that I only speak English and was deathly afraid that I would not be able to communicate with anyone except persons in my party. This did not turn out to be the case at all! It turns out that people are more than willing to try and communicate with you if you're nice and trying.

I made a bunch of new friends from all around the world, not only during the program at EARTH University in Costa Rica, but also on all of my plans – at every airport, the bar, my taxi driver, every tour guide, the entertainer on the catamaran. EVERYONE was my friend!

What was your favorite moment in the program?

This excursion was not part of my program itinerary.

Not too far from the University campus I stayed at, there was a small mom-and-pop style bar that a lot of students attend to unwind and have fun. Honestly, I was leery about going to this place, but after some conversations, I decided to give it a go. There was a chartered bus from the University to the bar about a 5-minute ride. My group went out with a bunch of local students from our University who are mostly from various African countries.

I got into the van with a young man named Jean Fernando from Madagascar, and my life will never be the same. Though I am 25, I do not drink, so I grabbed a coke at the bar and began talking with everyone from around the world. By the end of the night, I had 10 new best friends! They hail from countries such as Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Ecuador, South Africa, Haiti, and even a few local Costa Ricans. My heart is so full of joy. I never knew my life could be so cool! One piece of advice: JUST DO IT!!!

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