Educational Programs

Education Abroad at CSU

Are you a current Colorado State University student and interested in studying abroad in a Latin American country? CSU offers numerous opportunities for education abroad. Visit Education Abroad at CSU for more information.

Sea Semester

Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, we have equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.

Conservation Leadership Through Learning Master’s Program

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University offers the Conservation Leadership Through Learning master’s program, which prepares leaders to address conservation issues around the globe. The program is built around principles of experiential learning, inter-disciplinary instruction and applied approaches. Working closely with a network of practitioners and organizations, CLTL is the option for individuals seeking to make a difference in the lives and ecosystems of our planet.

Organization for Tropical Studies

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit consortium of nearly sixty universities, colleges, and research institutions from around the world. OTS offers intensive field courses for undergraduates, graduate students, and natural resource professionals in tropical biology and related disciplines in Costa Rica.

Study Abroad


May-June TBD, 2016. Students will explore a wide variety of ecosystems within just a few weeks’ time, including the forests and Mesoamerican barrier reefs of Belize. Students will also be able to study social field methods by directly engaging with local people, exploring their livelihoods and examining the effects of resource management on the local and global community.

Costa Rica

January 2017. The winter break program will focus on the principle components of sustainable design and construction, energy, healthy buildings, natural resources, and other environmental issues. The participants will gain knowledge on the best sustainable practices through renowned international examples and will execute a short project utilizing those principles.


March 12-20, 2016. Through this program, students will gain first-hand exposure to the innovative strategies currently being implemented to achieve sustainability on a local and national level in Cuba, a politically and historically fascinating island.


Winter Break 2017. In this Winter Break faculty-led program, students will gain first hand experience with the ecology, evolution, and conservation of Ecuadorian biodiversity. Despite being a relatively small country, Ecuador is known for its extensive variety of plant and animal species. Explore mountains, beaches, jungles, crater lakes, and more while harnessing your skills as a scientist.


January 3-15, 2016. This winter break program at CSU’s Todos Santos Center in Mexico will focus on coursework for students in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) Program. Students can earn up to 3 credits that will count directly towards their FWCB degree. Students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from local biologists, faculty and students from institutions in Baja California Sur.


Winter Break 2017. This winter break program will engage students in cross-cultural service learning and sustainable development theory and practice in Nicaragua. Through community based service and educational activities, students will gain a greater understanding of our global interdependence and necessary skills to be an effective and responsible global citizen.