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Spring Break

These courses are designed to provide an alternative to typical spring break activities. Students will earn one credit. Additional tuition is not charged as it is included with regular spring semester tuition. 

The 2014 Spring Break Courses are in Costa Rica and Ireland:




"Agricultural, Environmental & Community Sustainability" Costa Rica Costa Rica Spring 2014 Marcos.jpg

Program is Full

Students will spend eight days, seven nights in Costa Rica and will earn one Purdue credit.


This course will focus on agricultural, community and environmental sustainability and will be co-led by our colleagues at EARTH University. Students will learn about efforts on renewable energies and waste management. Students will visit the National Biodiversity Institute, EARTH’s Banana Plantation & Packing Plant, Natural Reserve, and workshop on Peri-Urban Agriculture & Recycling Program. They will tour EARTH’s Ethnobotanical Gardens, and the Integrated Dairy Farm.
Cost estimate: $2,800
For more information contact: Dr. Marcos Fernandez, OAP,



"Global Sustainability Issues: Costa Rica"

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Costa Rica, Spring 2013 Eva Haviarova.pdfThis course explores global sustainability issues in natural resources with emphasis on forestry, wood products manufacturing, conservation, water management and their impact on Costa Rica and the world. Discussions on natural resource issues and field trips will provide students with critical insights to connect the current situation in natural resources in Costa Rica with similar issues in Indiana, the United States, and the rest of the world. Students will travel throughout the Costa Rica with a native guide. They will visit national parks, research stations, local universities, cultural sites and industry sites, and rest at the ocean resort. Lectures by local researches will provide the fundamentals of the global sustainability issues. Student written reports and oral presentations will conclude this course.
Cost estimate: $2,677
For more information contact: Eva Haviarova, FNR,



"Tropical Biology Practicum: Costa Rica"Costa Rica Spring Break

Program is Full
This course offers students the opportunity to conduct field studies in tropical rainforest and coral reef ecosystems of Costa Rica. Students will stay at La Selva Biological Station and La Tirimbina Bioreserve, both located in the central lowland province. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the field sampling, including sampling rainforest and human-altered streams for fish and other aquatic organisms, measuring habitat characteristics. This course will emphasize the proper care and use of field sampling gears; identification of fish and invertebrates collected and observed in rainforest stream, human-altered stream, and Caribbean coral reef habitat; and handling and reporting on data collected from field surveys. Students will work in teams and each team will be required to give a written report and oral presentation of their work. Instructor approval is required for the course. 
 Cost estimate: $2,200      
 For more information contact: Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR,  






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Program is Full
This course is offered in cooperation with University College Dublin, Ireland. Students will arrive in Shannon and depart from . While in , students will tour Irish farms, woolen mills, and research stations. Ireland spring break flyer 2014.jpgVisits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and the castles of Ireland are also planned. You will also get to spend St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. Learn about Irish culture and history, food processing, food policy in the European Union, and Irish agribusiness, while visiting the sights of Ireland. Students will earn one credit hour for this course.

 Led by Purdue faculty, the course has limited enrollment. This is considered to be a spring semester course and as such, no additional Purdue tuition/fees will be assessed. An $2,700 program fee (estimated) will be charged, which includes round-trip travel (to/from West Lafayette), overseas medical insurance, lodging, most meals, and cultural activities. Not included are passport, optional cultural activities, and miscellaneous expenses.





2015 Spring Break "Agriculture in Italy"

Italy-flyer 2013.jpgThe course will focus on the Agriculture and Food Systems of Italy. Students will tour wineries, vineyards, Italian farms, and a pasta factory. You will visit

Milan, Florence, and Rome in addition to learning about Italian culture, history, and food processing. Students will earn one credit hour. It is led by Dr. Mario Ferruzzi and the course has limited enrollment.
Cost estimate: $2,550