Education

Our Education Programs

The tropics could be your classroom.

The tropics are the world’s future. Prepare to become part of that future. OTS field-based education programs inspire and prepare the next generation of change agents, critical thinkers, scientists and practitioners on their paths to discovery and global leadership. As an OTS student you will be immersed in tropical ecosystems, explore biodiversity first hand, connect with diverse communities and cultures and experience the wonder of the tropics. OTS will equip you to work effectively in today’s interconnected world and become a solution-maker for the future.

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Undergraduate Programs

Our programs offer a comprehensive introduction to field biology, conservation policy and global health in a tremendous diversity of ecosystems. Instead of exploring nature, culture and conservation issues through field trips or watching films you can live in the forests and savannas you are studying; participate and contribute to scientific discovery; directly experience being part of an international, multicultural community; and become part of a global network. Diversity – biodiversity, cultural diversity, diversity of perspectives and learning approaches – are at the heart of OTS. Studying with us will stretch your mind and your soul.

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Graduate Programs

OTS graduate courses are designed to engage students in the formulation of feasible research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and oral and written presentations through its highly regarded OTS “field problems” approach. The courses provide hands-on research experience in plant eco-physiology, microbial ecology, molecular ecology, remote sensing, rapid biodiversity inventories, and other cutting edge topics depending on the course chosen.

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Faculty-led Programs

We can reduce the stress of organizing a trip with your students! With three full-service research stations, a dedicated staff, and decades of experience with our own courses traveling throughout Costa Rica and with obtaining the research permits, we are perfectly suited to help you have a memorable course. We have assisted hundreds of faculty members throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe by arranging everything from one-week field-trips to full courses.

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Decision-Makers

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Scholarships

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