The QERC Spring semester provides an interdisciplinary approach to teaching field biology and conservation.  Students move beyond the familiar classroom atmosphere and into montane cloud forests, coastal mangroves, rural hospitals, and tropical wetlands.

Students are engaged in work and programmed experiences to develop knowledge and skills in the areas of field research, ecological principles, environmental ethics from a Christian worldview, and to develop a culture-orientated perspective.  In this manner students will cultivate and demonstrate applicable approaches to issues of environment and conservation within their geographical and political contexts and the contemporary global challenges facing them.

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Students who have been accepted will receive a Pre-Departure Package and further instructions.

The Pre-Departure Package includes detailed information on your accommodations, tips to prepare for your semester abroad, and a packing checklist. 

We take pride in the QERC Feld Station facilities, but the village of San Gerardo de Dota has much to offer. QERC's location gives student the opportunity to interact and become part of the community. San Gerardo de Dota is composted of Eco-lodges, private reserves, fruit orchards, and farms scattered along a 9km stretch of the Savegre River. Here are some ways our students participate in valley life. 

  • Tropical Field Research
  • Tropical Ecology and Sustainability
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Applied Cultural Integration
  • Global Stewardship

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