Programs by Type: Experiential Research


GUACIMO: Earth University – Sustainability in Latin America

Experiential Research, Traditional | Guacimo, Costa Rica

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

The Field Study Program in Costa Rica will be held on the campus of EARTH University in Guacimo, Costa Rica, an 8,000 acre estate 40 miles east of the capital city of San Jose.

The program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to help organizations understand and act upon the principles of sustainability, and to gain a deeper understanding about the relationships between business, society and the environment in the Latin American context.

The first three weeks of the program will be spent at the Guacimo campus (Caribbean coast) and the fourth week at the La Flor campus (Pacific coast). The Caribbean coast has lush vegetation, mountains and white sand beaches, world-class fishing, bird watching, horseback riding and all types of water activities. The Pacific coast has first-rate beaches and is famous for its surfing, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, and nearby wildlife refuges and national parks.

Costa Rica offers a variety of spectacular outdoor activities including breathtaking cloud forests, active volcanoes, stunning beaches, tropical nature preserves, and horseback riding. Included in the program, students will take two week-end trips: a canopy rainforest tour and a trip to the Arenal Volcano, a treat to watch, especially at night when red molten lava spurts from the volcano cone.


HO CHI MINH CITY: SIT

Experiential Research, Traditional | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

The program, based at the University of Ho Chi Minh City, emphasizes independent field study as much as classroom learning. You will visit areas of the South, including the rice basket Mekong River Delta and sites associated with recent Vietnamese history. You will also travel north to Hanoi, the nation's capital, which has a very different flavor, visiting en route locations such as the imperial capital of Hue, the former U.S. military center of DaNang and the coastal town of Nha Trang.


MONTEVERDE: CIEE – CIEE Study Center

Experiential Research, Traditional | Monteverde, Costa Rica

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

This intensive laboratory science program offers students the opportunity to live, study, and conduct research in an ecologically diverse environment with a community of professional scientists. After an orientation in San Jose, students embark on an academic field trip exploring Costa Rica's different ecosystems, ranging from dry tropical forests to lowland rain forests. Upon returning, students are immersed in an intensive study period at the Biology Station of Monteverde. Toward the end of the program, students live with a local Costa Rican family and conduct individual research projects. Before final exams, students participate on another program-sponsored field trip.


SAO PAULO: CIEE – Fundação Getúlio Vargas – Emerging Markets in Brazil

Experiential Research, Traditional | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

The minor in Emerging Markets provides a specific academic path for students from any college within the university to gain an understanding of emerging markets, the role they play in fostering growth in the global economy, and their potential to supplant developed markets to apply what they have learned in the classroom to practical field research projects in an emerging market  The Emerging Markets Program in Brazil will introduce students to the business world in Brazil as well as an introduction to Brazilian culture.