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Costa Rica ENGR 3000 Global Leadership for Engineers

Learn what it takes to be a global engineer!  Experience Costa Rica’s rich culture and vast ecological landscapes, while taking in the magnificent feats of engineering throughout the country! Take this opportunity to learn more about some engineering advancements in Central America that only a handful of travelers get to see.  You could be one of them!

Earn 3 credit hours of Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science

With the goal to train our engineers to be successful in the 21st century global market, this course provides students with introductory global competencies in ecological and sustainability practices, as well as, leadership and management in the engineering profession through professional development sessions, as well as corporate and cultural site visits in Costa Rica.

All classes are taught in English.

Program Dates

Predeparture Course*

April 1, 2019 – May 10, 2019

Travel Dates

May 20 – 30, 2019

*Predeparture classes are held once weekly for 2 hours. Specific class locations and times will be announced ASAP.


San Jose, Arenal region, Monteverde, Central Pacific Coast region, and Sarchi

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica on an organized group flight. Arrive in San Jose and get acclimated to your host country.
Day 2-3: Tour the Arenal region and learn about ecology and renewable energy engineering!
Day 4-5:  Rainforest hikes and canopy tours in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
Day 6-8:  Visit local sustainable businesses, tour ecological sites, and participate in cultural immersion activities.
Day 9: Depart San Jose for the United States or continue your summer adventures abroad on your own!


Hotels located in the heart of the city of San Jose, and regions of Arenal, Monteverde, the Central Pacific Coast .


Open to all engineering departments, MU majors, UM System students and SEC students.

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

No course pre-requisites


Program Fee: $1,885*

*Includes housing, international health insurance, Engineering Study Abroad fees, International Center fees, cultural excursions, partner university lectures, company visits and some meals.

Additional Costs

  • Tuition & Educational Fees (3 credits hours):$1,516*

*Based on Missouri Resident tuition & fees

  • Round Trip Airfare: $800
  • Personal Expenditure Estimates

Meals & Local Transportation $350

Click here to check itemized costs for Missouri Residents.

Click here to check itemized costs for Non-Residents.

These budgets are an estimate valid at the time of printing and are subject to change. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided. The given amounts are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host program or institution.

Financial Aid

All eligible students may apply for scholarships through the College of Engineering Study Abroad programs.

Financial Aid packages are typically granted in the form of low-interest student loans that cover all trip related expenses (tuition, fees, accommodations, activities and personal expenses)

To be considered for aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a study abroad program
  • Complete a financial aid worksheet with your study abroad advisor
  • Take the sheet to Student Financial Aid in 11 Jesse Hall to meet with a financial aid adviser (no appointment necessary or an appointment can be made through MU Connect).

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule.


Applications can be submitted here.

First come, first serve basis until the course is full (limited to 30 students).

Registration deadline: February 14, 2019

Course Instructor

Dr. Christine Costello

Lindsey Wisnewski

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