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Costa Rica

At a Glance

Program Overview

The College of Architecture offers a program for freshman at Texas A&M's Soltis Center in Costa Rica. This program is open to all freshman College of Architecture majors including Environmental Design, Construction Science, Landscape Architecture, Visualization, and University Studies-Architecture majors.

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The Soltis Center lies on 250 acres of rainforest at an elevation of 1,500 feet with an average rainfall of 14 feet per year. The Soltis Center is located in San Juan de San Isidro de Penas Blanca, three hours northwest of San Jose, Costa Rica, and adjacent to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve and the Children's Eternal Rainforest. The local economy depends on eco-tourism and subsistence farming. The Soltis Center offers eight bungalows that can accommodate sixty guests, a recreation field, and an academic building with laboratories, infirmary, cafeteria, and lounge.

The trip will include a 1 credit hour Ecodesign Seminar, multiple guided hikes into the rainforest, a visit to the Arenal Volcano, a relaxing break in hot springs, a zipline tour of the Cloud Forest, and a visit to the town of La Fortuna.

A travel scholarship will be provided for each student selected to go on the trip, covering airfare and other program costs. The student will only be responsible for covering the cost of registering for the 1 credit hour class associated with the trip, transportation to the Houston airport, a couple of meals, and souvenirs. Selected students will be notified in time to register for the class with registration for Spring 2021.


All participating students will be enrolled in: 

CARC 485. Direct Studies

Individual research in architecture, construction science or landscape architecture in an international or domestic environment away from the Texas A&M University campus.


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For more information about the program, please contact your academic advisor or the program coordinator:

Leslie Feigenbaum

Program Leader
Dawn Jourdan