Applying to an ESF Short-Term International Program

Students interested in participating in an ESF International Program must submit the International Program General Application (PDF) to the course program leader (contact information appears below with course descriptions).

Upon acceptance into the program (prior to departure), students must submit a completed set of SUNY-ESF International Academic Program Student Forms (PDF) with a copy of their passport, visa (if applicable), health insurance, and flight information (if the program does not include a group flight).

Additional Information

ESF Faculty-led, Short-term International Academic Courses
Study Abroad—Office of International Education

SUNY-ESF offers several faculty-led, short-term international academic courses throughout the academic year. Since the courses are offered by ESF, students enroll in the course directly with the college and credits and grades earned appear on students’ transcripts.

Current Short-Term International Course Offerings

Spring 2015

ERE 311/511 Ecological Engineering in the Tropics (Costa Rica)

Course Facts and highlights:

  • Students will complete 5 homework assignments prior to leaving for Costa Rica to build core knowledge and be ready to use ecological engineering principles on the weeklong field trip.
  • Students will study and create ecological engineering designs that include appropriate technologies and permaculture approaches for the sustainable delivery of water, food, energy, and health resources.
  • Students will spend several days in a stunning rural setting at Rancho Mastatal ( with trips planned to tropical forests and waterfalls, coastal mangroves and beaches, fruit and chocolate farms, and a volcano.
  • Student will complete all course requirements before returning to ESF from spring break, so this course should not interfere with other spring semester courses during March and April.
  • Fees for the course are $1,300, which includes in-country lodging, travel, and meals, but does not include airfare to Costa Rica.
  • The course enrollment is limited to between 12 and 16 students to justify, but not exceed, use of the in-country facilities.
  • The Daily Orange story on the course:

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ted Endreny, (315) 470-6565

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