Bridgewater State University
Minnock Institute for Global Engagement
Bridgewater, MA 02325
(508) 531-6183
Spring: September 27
Winter: September 27
Summer: February 26
Spring-Break: December 4
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Costa Rica

Travel Course: Geography of Coffee in Costa Rica

Term To Study: Winter Term 2019
Application Deadline: Sep 27, 2018
Program Starts: Jan 04, 2019
Program Ends: Jan 15, 2019
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,500
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Program Locations: San Jose
Contact Phone: 508-531-6183
Contact Name: Study Abroad Office
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What is Included: BSU 3-credit course, international airfare, accommodations, onsite transportation, itinerary activities, and some meals.

All dates are subject to change, +/- 1-3 days
What is not Included: Other meals, baggage fees, if applicable, and spending money
Application fee: $25
Estimated Costs: Program Price: $3,500

Additional Estimated Expenses not included in Program Price:
$25 Application Fee
$100-150 Additional Meals
$50 Airline Baggage Fees, if applicable
$50-$200 Personal Spending Money
Program Description

Faculty Leader:
Prof. James Hayes-Bohanan

Undergrad: GEOG 295
Graduate: GEOG 520

All dates are subject to change, +/- 1-3 days

Course Description
Geography of Coffee is a travel course that examines the human, physical, and environmental geography of coffee production and trade. Course readings focus on the economic geography of the coffee trade. Pre-departure lectures provide an overview of the global patterns of coffee production and its agronomy and processing. The two-week travel portion includes carefully chosen activities in coffeelands and elsewhere in a coffee-producing country, providing comprehensive exposure to the landscape and cultural environment from which coffee emerges. Activities include hikes in coffee plantations and related environments; detailed presentations by coffee producers, processors, traders, and labor organizers; and visits to non-governmental and academic institutions in the coffee-growing regions. The tour includes direct involvement with coffee-growing communities, including meals and overnight stays with farm families. Group meetings and student writing are used to integrate the lessons about geography that arise from readings and the travel experience.
The course usually takes place in Nicaragua during the winter break (nearly every year since 2006) and may be repeated for credit when offered in a different country.
NOTE: The January 2019 offering of the course will take place in Costa Rica.

Quick Facts

Population: 4636348
Capital: San Jose
Per-capita GDP: $ 12100
Size: 51100 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 06:00 hours) Central Time (US & Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: YES
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