The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit consortium of over 50 universities and research institutions in the United States, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, South Africa, and Australia. Founded in 1963, OTS has a mission to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics..
The graduate courses are accredited through the University of Costa Rica. The credits count as graduate level semester credits and are transferable to OTS member institutions as well as non-member institutions.
A biological station provides direct access to exciting natural environments, but is by definition isolated from surrounding communities. At each station you will have the opportunity to meet senior researchers and other graduate students conducting dissertation research.
The application process is simple. First download an application form and make sure to properly fill it out. Once you have filled out the form, send it and the required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. The file name should be as follows: [CourseInitials]Lastname_Initial (i.e. TPS09Smith_J). The file should be in pdf format. Every course page has a link to download the application form.
OTS graduate courses are designed to be immersive field courses. Students will spend all their time out in Biological Field/Research Stations. You can have a suggested list of items that students may need when participating on a course.