Pre-College Programs
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica

Costa Rica: For Accepted Students

Contact Numbers

Students should bring a copy of these emergency phone numbers while they are traveling as well as leaving a copy with their parents/guardians.

Marian Thorpe – On-Site Coordinator
401-323-7965 (active on July 17)

Rosario Navarro – Director, International Programs, Brown University
401-863-1014

Emergency phone numbers in Costa Rica
911 – Emergency Police
128 – Ambulance
118 - Fire

Brown University Department of Public Safety
(001) 401-863-4111 – Emergencies (when calling from Costa Rica)
(001) 401-863-3322 – General inquiries (when calling from Costa Rica)

Program and Travel Information

Forms & Waivers required for Global Programs

For your referenceStudent Code of Conduct

Send all documents to:
Attn: Global Programs
Brown University
Continuing Education
200 Dyer St./Box T
Providence, RI 02912

Pre-Departure Orientation

A web conference program orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

Additional information on how to access will be emailed prior to the web conference.

Booking Your Flights

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – Arrive in Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós (LIR) International Airport (arrive by 11am and 3pm)
Saturday, August 10, 2013 – Depart from Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós (LIR) International Airport (depart between 1pm and 6pm)

Once your flight is booked, submit your itinerary and emergency contact(s) to:

If your flight arrives/departs outside of the arrival/departure window as stated above, please contact us at (401) 863-7900 or email summerabroad@brown.edu as soon as possible to confirm that your arrival/departure can be accommodated.

Please note that if you are arriving/departing outside of the program dates, we cannot provide accommodations pre/post program.

Facebook Group Page

We have created a Student Facebook Group to provide a forum for students to connect directly with each other to arrange travel to Costa Rica. To access, the student must be a Facebook member. Visit Global Programs in Costa Rica 2013 and request to join. This is a private group accessible only for students officially enrolled in the Costa Rica program. Members must be approved by the group administrator.

Airport Pick-up and Transfer

Course Materials List

Students are not required to purchase any course textbooks. All material will be provided on-site and/or available on-line. More information on how to access materials on-line will be provided before your departure.

Packing List

Please be very conservative in packing: bring only what you really need, and leave the rest at home. There is very limited space on the program vehicles and in the rooms and tents where we are staying.

Required items:

Recommended items:

What Not to Bring

We recommend that students do not bring laptops or valuable electronics. Belongings will likely be exposed to high temperatures and high humidity. Computers will be available to students on site when required for coursework.

CELL Phones and Communication with Families

We recommend that students carry a cell phone that can be used during travel to/from Costa Rica. The BELL program phone has a U.S. number, so an international service plan is NOT required to contact us.

Families may contact us at any time during the program in the event of an emergency using the U.S. number as well.
We will send an email to parents confirming that the full group has arrived in Santa Rosa National Park. We will also send email updates from the group throughout the program. Students will have access to email on several occasions throughout the course.
Cell phones are NOT required during the program. Letting go of the frequent connection to phone, internet and social media helps us form a community and adjust to a new environment and culture more quickly; we ask students who do have phones to limit their use. Cell phone reception in the field is limited.

Students who would like to make and receive international calls during the program will need an international plan and should check with their service provider to ensure that their phones will function in Costa Rica.

HTH Insurance

Each student participating in a Summer@Brown Global Program is automatically enrolled in the HTH Worldwide health insurance plan which provides service and protection in the event a student becomes ill or injured while abroad. Students will be emailed instructions on how to register for the insurance plan.