Duke University Programs

OTS offers study abroad programs in collaboration with Duke University and University of Hawaii at Hilo as well as biology research internships sponsored by the National Science Foundation. All OTS courses are structured on field-based, experiential learning under the close guidance of highly qualified academic professors and visit a diversity of habitats and communities. In any OTS program, students will meet active researchers and local stakeholders while developing the skills needed for advanced studies and careers in biology, resource management, or global health.

Our undergraduate programs provide students with unique, hands-on learning experiences in Costa Rica, South Africa, and Hawaii. OTS undergraduate students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Costa Rica, South Africa, or Hawaii both scientifically and culturally to experience a variety of different ecosystems throughout these countries and to create their own independent research projects.

Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet
Semester Program in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's breathtaking natural resources are the classroom in which you learn about tropical ecology, conservation, natural resource management and field research. Costa Rica has an impressive tradition of preserving biodiversity and the country is a recognized pioneer in ways to fund and manage conservation activities - which include unique ways to engage the international community. Costa Rica also struggles with the challenges presented by being a developing nation in an ever-changing, ever-globalizing world. During this program, you will gain an understanding of tropical diversity and ecological interactions by living and working in a variety of ecosystems. You also develop research skills by formulating and pursuing your own research questions - one of the core aspects of this program.

Program Details

When: Fall 2017:Aug 28-Dec 12

Spring 2018: Jan 22-May 8

Duration: 15 weeks

Credits: 4 courses

Language: English

Deadline: Spring 2018: November 1

Fall 2018: April 1 


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Tropical Biology
Summer Program in Costa Rica

This program introduces students to some of the most critical issues facing tropical biodiversity and threatened ecosystems and engages them in research addressing these challenges. While traveling to 5 sites in Costa Rica, including the 3 world famous OTS field stations, students conduct research projects led by invited faculty from diverse fields in tropical biology. Students are mentored on short independent research projects individually or in small groups.

Program Details

When:May 22 - June 18, 2018

Duration: 4 weeks

Credits: 1 course - 4 credits

Language: English

Deadline:Closed


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African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa

African Ecology & Conservation
Semester Program in South Africa

This program consists of lectures, skill workshops, fieldwork, and visits to selected natural and historic sites of interest throughout South Africa. Students interact and learn from academics from local and international universities, conservation managers and other expert practitioners. Students work with their professors to design research projects that will contribute meaningful scientific data to issues faced by managers in the South African National Parks. Students will spend three-nights in a homestay at a rural community and provides important socio-economic context for the ecology courses.

Program Details

When:Fall 2017: Aug 22 - Dec 1Spring 2018: Jan 25- May 4

Duration: 15 weeks

Credits: 4 courses

Language: English

Deadline: Spring 2018: November 1

Fall 2018: April 1


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Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health
Semester Program in Costa Rica

The Health in the Tropics Program explores diverse problems in both local and global contexts that are at the crossroads of medicine, culture, politics, economics, and the environment. This course emphasizes both the biological nature of tropical diseases and the ecological and human health outcomes resulting from changes to ecosystem structure and functions. Instruction is based on the strengths and experience of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and our staff, and focuses on the highly respected OTS method of field-based, experiential learning. Through field visits and research projects, students will explore the socio-economic and environmental determinants of transmission and demography of emerging infectious diseases.

By the end of the semester, students will have a good understanding of how biological, environmental, and socio-economic factors contribute to our understanding of human health issues facing Costa Rica and the tropics today.

Program Details

When: Fall 2017:Aug 21-Dec 5

Spring 2018: Jan 15-May 1

Duration: 15 weeks

Credits: 4 courses

Language: English

Deadline: Spring 2018: November 1

Fall 2018: April 1           


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Global Health Issues
Summer Program in South Africa

As a field at the intersection of medicine and the social sciences, we incorporate a human rights-based approach in its framework and teaching follows the “Health for All” approach as stipulated by the World Health Organization, focusing on principles of equity, solidarity and participation. Students will participate in collaborative research projects and participate in a three-night homestay in a rural African village.

Program Details

When: Session 1: May 27 - Jun 25, 2017
Session 2: Jul 5 - Aug 3, 2017

Duration: 4 weeks

Credits:1 course

Language: English

Deadline: Closed
 


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