The Universidad de Costa Rica

Photo of nine people sitting on the ground outside with mountains in the background.
Program Schedule: 
Winter Break
  • Winter Break (Two weeks: Late December to beg-January)
Location: 
Costa Rica
San Jose
Sponsored By: 
College of Engineering
College of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (CANR)
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Available to Majors: 
All Engineering Majors
Recommended for Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Engineering
Available Classes: 
  • BE 475 – International Studies in Biosystems Engineering 4 credits
  • BE 491 – Special Topics in Biosystem Engineering 4 credits
  • EGR 475 – Special Topics in International Engineering 4 credits
What is the Program About?: 

Group photo of MSU students at the top of a mountain in Costa Rica

Located in beautiful-tropical Central America, this winter-break (two-week 4 credits minimum) program explores the design and performance of clean energy and water systems in the tropics. Traveling on the program will be Universidad de Costa Rica peer faculty and students. Ecological carbon, water and energy footprints for bananas, rice and coffee will be used to categorize and evaluate system designs for sustainable economic, environmental and social systems.

More Details (includes printable brochure): 
Program Contact: 

Professor Luke Reese
Michigan State University
103C Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-3258
Email: reesel@msu.edu

Maggie Blair-Ramsey
Coordinator, Engineering Education Abroad
Michigan State University
1108-F Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Phone: (517) 432-2012
Fax: (517) 355-2293
Email: blairram@egr.msu.edu

Past Trip Photos / Videos: 

Check out the YouTube video of an education abroad trip in beautiful Costa Rica: