The AIM Overseas Conservation Marine Biology program is a unique opportunity for students to undertake a practical Marine Biology program in Costa Rica.

The program allows students to spend 3 hands-on weeks studying in Costa Rica, coupled with 2 weeks of online study when they return. Whilst on the ground, students will undertake 5 units on marine conservation biology, physical and chemical oceanography, tropical marine ecosystems and fisheries and coastal management along with field trips including sea turtle monitoring; laboratory work; a bioluminescence tour; and community visits. Upon completion of the field program, students will then undertake 1 week of guided online learning to wrap-up this amazing experience. This week will be focused on comparative exercises between Australia and Costa Rica on issues such as climate change policies, protection of natural resources, legislation and Government funding for environmental protection.

Fields of study

  • Biological sciences
  • Environmental sciences

You can contact the Global Experiences team for course syllabi or AIM Overseas for specific information on your program of interest. More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the AIM Overseas website.  

Credit equivalent

6 US credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 6 credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact AIM Overseas for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard Global Experiences Student Eligibility Criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by AIM Overseas. 

AIM Overseas programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible. 

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Costs

The program fee is $7,150 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the AIM Overseas website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.

Accommodation 

Accommodation is included in the program fee. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the AIM Overseas website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have now closed.

Program Dates

Start: 25 January 2020
End: 15 February 2020


The course also includes an online component to be completed from 17 - 23 February 2020. 

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad​
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*


*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only

OS-HELP Loan

If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​

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