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Getting Started

Quick overview of courses, length, number of credits, and relevant information before you enroll

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Registration & Enrollment

Step-by-step information, including eligibility, saving your spot, financial information & bursaries, and more

Pre-Departure Planning

Trip preparation, mandatory, and course orientation sessions

While in Costa Rica

Health and safety, intercultural communications, and sharing your experience

Information for Faculty

Information about the process, timelines, and responsibilities for York University professors.

The Study Abroad Program at Las Nubes EcoCampus offers several courses during the academic year, through which students are given an unprecedented opportunity to interact with and learn from the local rural Costa Rican communities through first-hand lessons on tropical ecology, sustainability, indigenous education, arts, health, and conservation.

The emphasis of our programs is on experiential education, building on our long-standing relationships with diverse communities and groups in Southern Costa Rica, including women’s organizations, agricultural cooperatives and producers, environmental protection and social justice groups, and indigenous communities, among others.

Getting Started

Overview

Our courses have no prerequisites and are open to all York University undergraduate (3rd and 4th year) and graduate students. Students can enroll in the courses as elective credits. If you would like these courses to count towards major degree requirements, you must contact your faculty’s/department’s program director and/or academic advisor.

Duration: 10 days for Summer courses, 9 days for Winter courses
Number of Credits: 3
Course Activities: Lectures, guest speakers, hikes, visits to sites and communities, conversations with local stakeholders, and hands-on projects with local organizations.
Room and board: Accommodations are a combination of homestays and hotels depending on the course. Local Costa Rican food will be provided taking into account dietary restrictions and/or preferences.

BEFORE YOU ENROLL
Our courses are intensive as well as physically and emotionally demanding. It is important that you consider these factors before enrolling in any of the courses. You also need to take into consideration all the health and safety risk factors listed on the Government of Canada’s website (Costa Rica Profile). You will need to acknowledge some of these factors on the Risk Assessment forms. If you have questions or concerns regarding accommodations and/or disabilities before enrolling in any of the courses, you should consult with the Department of Student Counselling, Health and Well-being

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Registration Information

To enroll in our courses, you need to complete the following steps.

Step 1: Check your eligibility & attend an information session

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

  • Good academic standing
  • Cannot be on any academic warning or probation
  • A minimum of 60 credits completed by either the end of the Fall term for the February Reading Week course or by the end of Winter for the Summer courses (only applies to undergraduate students)
  • A cumulative GPA of 4.00 for Bachelor’s degree students and a cumulative GPA of 5.00 for Honours degree students

Based on an evaluation of your academic records, a recommendation for admission into the Study Abroad program will be determined by the Office of Student Academic Services. You will be notified by email of this decision.

WE HOLD SEVERAL INFORMATION SESSIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

All students are welcome to attend. At the session, we will present an overview of our EcoCampus in Costa Rica and the courses, and you will have the opportunity to meet some of your instructors (listed below) and ask them course-related questions. We will also discuss costs and requirements.

Attending an information session for each program is recommended but not mandatory. Not attending a session is not an excuse for missed deadlines and/or requirements.

DATE TIME LOCATION PROFESSOR
Summer AbroadTue, Feb. 13, 202411 AM[virtual] Zoom (register) Laura Levin & Brandon J Vickerd

If you want to participate in one or more of our courses and you are not currently registered at York University, you must complete the registration process described below, which varies depending on whether you are an undergraduate student, a graduate student, an exchange student, or if you want to enroll for professional development/personal reasons and are not seeking to complete a degree.

Before you start with this process, we recommend that you attend one of our information sessions. At the session, we can answer your questions regarding programs and course content. This process, as well as collecting all required documentation may take several weeks, so we recommend that you start early.

Registration Information

Request a Letter of Permission (LOP) from your home institution

Consult with your program director, advisor, or Chair to confirm that you are allowed to take courses outside your program/degree. If you are allowed, then you need to request a Letter of Permission (LOP) from your program containing the following information:

  • Student information: Student number, complete name, institutional email address, faculty, major/degree program(s).
  • Unambiguous statement of student’s level (if undergraduate, that you currently are in your 3rd or 4th year).
  • The maximum number of credits and the Las Nubes Study Abroad course(s) names/codes the student is allowed to enroll at York University (check the list of courses above under Step 2).
  • Contact information of the person in charge of approving the LOP.

Note: If English is not the official language of the student’s home institution, a letter issued by the international office at their home institution verifying your English proficiency must be submitted in addition to the LOP. Students can check York University’s language proficiency requirements here.

The LOP must be submitted to lasnubes@yorku.ca by:

DEADLINE DATE
Summer AbroadMarch 1, 2024
Submit Admissions Form

Only after having submitted your LOP to us, please complete the Visiting Students Admissions Form and notify us after you have completed and submitted the form. Once you have been officially admitted to York, you will receive a YorkU student number. From this point forward, you can continue with Step 2 of the process.

Step 2: Enrollment Process

You can enroll in one course or in as many courses as your program allows. The cost to participate in any course includes:

York Tuition

Amount varies, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, domestic or international student (refer to the Student Financial Services website for more information)



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Program Fee

To cover all in-country transportation, room and board, as well as park entrance fees that are part of course programs. Accommodations include a mix of homestays with local families, lodges and hotels



+

Flight Fare & Travel Insurance*

York International (YI) provides an award to all participating York students to help cover fare costs. All participants are required to have travel insurance. Students must register directly with GuardMe (follow the link to see the coverage details for GuardMe Global B)

The program fees for 2024 are as follows (in Canadian dollars):

Number of CoursesNumber of CreditsProgram Fee for HUC, CALAREO and York Exchange Partners (CAN$)Other Institutions (CAN$)
13$1,300$1,450
26$2,400$2,750
39$3,300$3,750
412$4,200$4,600
515$5,000$5,500
618$5,700$6,300

York University does not make flight or travel insurance arrangements for students. For each course, you will be given specific information as to when to arrive and where will you be picked up and dropped off. Any activities or plans made outside our course program are the student’s responsibility.

A $200 non-refundable deposit per course must be submitted by the deadlines listed below. All courses are capped, and spots are considered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Note that you won’t be able to pay the deposit unless we have checked your eligibility!

  • On the eligibility email that we will send to you, you will receive the instructions to pay for the deposit ($200 per course, non-refundable)
Reading WeekCLOSED
Summer AbroadMarch 1, 2024

Enroll in the course(s) through the REM system. Enrollment in these courses is restricted. Note that you will not be able to enroll in any course unless you have been approved to participate and have paid the deposit. Summer registration starts at the beginning of March each year, you will not be able to add any Summer course before that time.

If you are a graduate student and your course is not listed as a graduate course, you are required to submit a request to enroll in an undergraduate course. Fill out this form, submit it to your program director and copy us on your submission.

Note: If you have already enrolled in any of the Study Abroad courses in Costa Rica, you are not permitted to re-enrol in the same course. If you do, the Repeated Course Policy will be implemented. For more information on Repeated courses please visit https://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/course-repeat

These are the courses offered in 2024:

The remainder of the program fee must be paid by:

Reading WeekCLOSED
Summer AbroadApril 1, 2024

To calculate the remainder owed, you need to deduct the deposit from the initial program fee.

Dropping Courses: We take your deposit as a commitment to your participation. If you withdraw from the course(s) after paying the remainder of the program fee, the activities and items for which we have pre-paid on your behalf and counting on your participation will be deducted from the program fee

Selected faculties and departments at York University have created bursaries and awards to support student participation in international experiences. Note that your application to these bursaries and awards is contingent on your enrollment in the Las Nubes Study Abroad courses. Bursaries administered by Las Nubes and York International will be processed only after the mandatory session.

NameDescriptionEligibility Criteria​Amount (CAD)Application
Las Nubes EcoCampus
Las Nubes Study Abroad Fund (LNSAF)​This is a fee subsidy provided to students who participate in the courses offered by Las Nubes at the Las Nubes EcoCampus.All York University students participating in the Las Nubes Study Abroad programs are eligible to receive the LNSAF. The amount of LNSAF funding is based on:
1. Financial need (students with financial needs will be given higher consideration) 
2. Good academic standing (B+ or higher) 
3. Number of courses registered for at Las Nubes 
4. External funding or other awards applied for/received 
There are two categories:
Category 1: Full one-course subsidy ($1,300 each, 4 per year)
Category 2: Offered to support students enrolled in one or more courses [$250 for 1 course; $500 for 2 courses), $750 for 3 courses; $1,000 for 4 courses; $1,250 for 5 courses]​
N/A but update your Student Financial Profile 
York International 
York International Mobility Award​(YIMA)​York International provides all degree-seeking York University students a travel subsidy to support their participation in global learning opportunities.Given to all students enrolled in the Las Nubes courses

Cannot be combined with other YI admin funding​
Up to $1,000​ (in 2024)N/A​
Trilateral Student Exchange Program (TSE)/Global Skills Opportunity (GSO)​Funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), York University’s Trilateral Student Exchange (TSE) Program aims to support and facilitate the participation of underrepresented York University students who are often excluded from international mobility opportunities.

GSO funding can only be received once during your academic journey.
Priority will be given to undergraduate domestic students who meet the criteria (Indigenous, or BIPOC, come from low-income backgrounds, or live with disabilities).

Cannot be combined with other YI admin funding
Full bursary to cover:​
1. Program fee: $1,300 (one course only)​
2. Airfare & Travel insurance: Up to $1,000​
To apply for the full participation bursary, please complete the following application form by February 10, 2024, 11:59 PM - Note that you also need to have applied for eligibility to the Las Nubes Program (see step 1 above).
SDGs in Action Program/GSO​Funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program Global Skills Opportunity  (GSO), York University’s Go Global SDGs in Action Student Challenge aims to empower York students and their peers around the world to take action towards the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) with a global lens.

GSO funding can only be received once during your academic journey
Priority will be given to undergraduate domestic students who meet the criteria (Indigenous, or BIPOC, come from low-income backgrounds, or live with disabilities).

Cannot be combined with other YI admin funding
$2,000​N/A

Must complete the Equity form by March 1, 2024​
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS)
Go Abroad, Study Abroad Award​For LA&PS students who want to study or participate in academic international activities abroad as part of their degree but need financial assistanceGiven to undergraduate LA&PS students only​Up to $250​Application form due at least 4-8 weeks before the departure date​
Glendon College
Glendon: Experiential Education Bursary Program​Glendon students engaged in experiential education opportunities through the Glendon AwardsGiven to undergraduate students from Glendon taking a Glendon course​ approved by EEA minimum of $500​Application form and update your Student Financial Profile 

Step 3: Prepare and pack for your Trip

You must attend this session, as we will discuss logistical travel details and give specific instructions for your trip.

Reading WeekJanuary 12, 202410 AM - 12 PM
Summer AbroadApril 5, 202410 AM - 12 PM

With the information provided by the Safety Abroad Manager from York International and once you have gathered all your travel details (flight info, itinerary, travel insurance information, etc.), complete the Travel Registry and Informed Consent Form. This is a mandatory step and needs to be completed by:

Summer AbroadApril 10, 2024

Some professors hold mandatory orientation sessions, where course details, expectations, assignments, and preparation materials are discussed and handled. If your schedule conflicts with these sessions, make sure to inform your professor ahead of time, so alternate arrangements can be made.

HH/PSYC 3450January 26, 202410 AMZoom
PANF 3030/5030April 26, 20241-2 PMZoom
GL/SP/COMS 4608May 2, 202411 AM - 1 PMZoom
ENVS 4446April 23, 202410 - 11:30 AMZoom
GEOG4050April 22, 20241-3 PMZoom
ENVS 4810AApril 22, 202411 AMZoom
EDST/EDUC 3700, EDUC 5445TBATBA

To get a student’s perspective of the overall experience at Las Nubes, you can read the Summer Abroad Student Manual (2019) prepared by Las Nubes Alumni, Christina Nardini.

Important Information

Students who require accommodations need to meet with their advisors beforehand and provide their professors with letters of accommodations at the course orientation sessions. Accessibility may be limited in certain areas in Costa Rica and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet all your accommodation needs. Should you have any questions or concerns before you enroll in any of the courses, you should schedule an appointment with the Department of Student Accessibility Services at York University

Our courses are intensive as well as PHYSICALLY and EMOTIONALLY demanding. It is important that you consider these factors before enrolling in any of the courses. You also need to take into consideration all the health and safety risk factors listed on the Government of Canada’s website (Costa Rica Profile). You will need to acknowledge some of these factors on the Risk Assessment forms.

We have also put in place a Health & Safety Plan. Participants will receive instructions regarding protocols at the mandatory session.

Canadian citizens do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica. Refer to Costa Rica's Embassy in Canada for requirements for citizens of other countries. If you are travelling to Costa Rica via a third country, make sure to verify whether you need a 'transit visa' or not.

We take your deposit as a commitment to your participation. If you withdraw from the course(s) after paying the remainder of the program fee, the activities and items for which we have pre-paid on your behalf and counting on your participation will be deducted from the program fee.

Students are required to have the travel insurance approved by York University. Students must register directly with GuardMe