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Program Description


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This Global Intensive Experience focuses on students who are interested in sharing their knowledge in STEM subjects through a mentored teaching experience in Costa Rica. The mentored teaching will take place at the TIDE Academy in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, an alternative school that provides flexible, individualized education to students from non-traditional families, and promotes learning both inside and outside the classroom. 
Students will have an opportunity to develop and refine foundational skills in science instruction that they will be able to apply in a mentored environment during their international experience. Once in Costa Rica, the directors will accompany participants in an on-site ‘walk-through’, intended to orient students to the locale, and help them develop comfort and familiarity with the surroundings. In engaging TIDE students in STEM coursework, students will gain insight into how essential scientific principles and concepts are viewed in a culture different from their own and benefit from those cultural differences. This will facilitate participants developing a rich and diverse education and communication skill set that will not only enhance their experience as undergraduate teaching assistants, but serve them well in their desired careers in health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • Saturday, March 7 - Saturday, March 14, 2020

  • Science Teaching Experience at the TIDE Academy

  • Work with teaching mentors and students in an international educational environment

  • Day trips available for Eco-tours in Rain Forest or Marine environments with Native's Way Guanacaste

  • Open to all students with a 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Earn 1 credit (Barrett students may earn 1 Honors credit with written report)

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


National Park

Location Details

Tamarindo is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste. Playa Tamarindo is a popular destination for travelers of all types, with one the most spectacular beaches in the world, a saltwater estuary, many surf spots and outstanding fishing. There are ample opportunities for adventure and eco-tours in the area, as Tamarindo is surrounded by National Parks to its north and south, and mountains with breathtaking views to its east. A tour company, Native's Way Guanacaste, has grouped all of the best tours of Guanacaste together and offers some of the lowest rates. Their National Park tours are amazing, and very favorably reviewed. Travelers can visit secret trails, observe wildlife in their natural habitat. They also offer great sailing, tubing, stand up paddle boarding, and more. 

Nature is abundant in the region, and wonderful sights such as Leatherback Turtles laying their eggs in the northern part of the bay, and Howler Monkeys can be heard and seen swinging on branches throughout Tamarindo. In some restaurants, Iguanas will come up to your table expecting table scraps! In the late afternoons you can hear the parakeets in the trees, preparing to settle down for the night. In short, Tamarindo is the epitome of everything that one imagines in a Costa Rica experience. 
Content courtesy of Tamarindo - Wikitravel

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all majors with a 3.0 GPA or higher.


Students will register for one of the following courses during the Spring registration period:
  • BIO 494: Advanced Study Practicum: Laboratory Teaching and Learning (2 credits)*
BIO 494: Advanced Study Practicum: Laboratory Teaching and Learning is C session course designed to place students that have completed BIO 181/182 or BIO 201/202 with exceptional grades into a position of an Assistant Instructional Aide (AIA) in both BIO 181/182 BIO201/202 lab sections. The course focus is on helping excellent enrolled students develop formal teaching skills, to improve their experience and the experience of the students they will be working with as lab instructors. Students will also be eligible, although not required to, participate in a global intensive experience that will take place at a school in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, over the ASU Spring Break. Students will be assigned a faculty mentor from ASU and the host institution, will co-teach the course content based on the same experiential opportunities (lectures, labs, seminars, field work) which allows students flexibility, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and shared experiences. Barrett Honors Credit available.
  • BIO 494: Special Topics: Global STEM Education Experience (1 credit)*
The BIO 494: Special Topics: Global STEM Education Experience GIE course is designed to allow students that are interested in the study abroad teaching experience, but could not enroll in the full C session course, to participate in the Costa Rica STEM teaching experience. Students will develop the pedagogical skills needed to engage in student instruction as an Assistant Instructional Aide (AIA) in lower division BIO coursework. In addition to the C session course offered on the CISA Downtown Phoenix campus, this B session global intensive experience will take place at a school in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, over the ASU Spring Break. Students will be assigned a faculty mentor from ASU and the host institution, will co-teach the course content based on the same experiential opportunities (lectures, labs, seminars, field work) which allows students flexibility, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and shared experiences. Barrett Honors Credit available.

*Please note that the course for which you register counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

Because this a Global Intensive Experience program, the 1 Credit BIO 494 Special Topics: Global STEM Education Experience (1 credit hour) may be taken as a stand-alone A Session course with the abroad experience during Spring Break.  It may also be taken with the abroad portion embedded in the C Session course BIO 494 Advanced Study Practicum: Laboratory Teaching and Learning.  There will be a writing assignment that you must complete via Blackboard before and after the program. 


TIDE Welcome


Faculty Directors

Dr. Jeff Kingsbury
Senior Lecturer, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: UCENT 360A (Downtown campus)
Phone: 602.496.0609

Dr. J.P. Hyatt
Associate Professor, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: UCENT 335 (Downtown campus)
Phone: 602.496.0752

Professors Kinsbury and Hyatt
Dr. JP Hyatt                                                                              Dr. Jeff Kingsbury


TIDE School

Program Housing

Students will be living in shared accommodations near the TIDE school.  

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Costa Rica, building and transportation accessibility is limited. Many buildings remain inaccessible and while public buses may have wheelchair accessibility, functionality of these resources may be in disrepair.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Costa Rica, LGBTQIA students may encounter discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as public attitudes are generally conservative.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Costa Rica, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,390.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared accommodations, some meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the two- or one-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, ASU tuition, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Opportunities for Funding

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.
  • SHAPER Scholarship - Available for students on the Global STEM Education in Costa Rica program.  For more information, please contact Dr. Jeff Kingsbury or Dr. JP Hyatt.  Awards will be available from $500 - $2500.  


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.