Las Nubes Project offers two programs during the year, the Semester Abroad and the Reading Week Programs. Through these programs, students are given an unprecedented opportunity to interact with and learn from the local rural Costa Rican communities through first-hand lessons on tropical ecology, sustainability, indigenous education, arts, health, and conservation. Our courses take a community-based approach, developing collaborative projects that provide learning opportunities. The emphasis of our programs is on experiential education, building on our long-standing relationships with diverse communities and groups in Southern Costa Rica, including women’s organizations, agricultural cooperatives and producers, environmental protection and social justice groups, and indigenous communities, within others.

Semester Abroad

This program started in Summer 2017 and runs from May to July

Reading Week

This program started in 2018 and runs during the Winter break in February

Registration Information

The information below applies only to York University students. Non York students follow this link. Due to COVID-19, all Las Nubes programs in Costa Rica have been put on hold. We will post updates on this website. If you are interested in our upcoming programs, you can sign up for updates here.

Step 1: Check your eligibility & attend an information session

Check your Eligibility

Our courses have no prerequisites and are open to all York University undergraduate (3rd and 4th year) and graduate students. Students can enroll in the courses as elective credits. If you would like these courses to count towards major degree requirements, you must contact your faculty’s/department’s program director and/or academic advisor.

Student’s Eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • Good academic standing
  • Cannot be on any academic warning or probation
  • A minimum of 60 credits completed by either the end of Fall term for the February Reading Week course or by end of Winter for the Summer courses (only applies to undergraduate students)
  • A cumulative GPA of 4.00 for Bachelor’s degree students and a cumulative GPA of 5.00 for Honours’ degree students

To check your eligibility, fill out the following form. Based on an evaluation of your academic records, a recommendation for admission into the semester abroad program will be determined by the Office of Student Academic Services. You will be notified by email of this decision.

Attend a Session

We hold several information sessions throughout the year. All students are welcome to attend. At the session, we will present an overview of our EcoCampus in Costa Rica and the courses, and you will have the opportunity to meet some of your instructors and ask them course-related questions. We will also discuss costs and requirements.

Attending an information session for each program is recommended but not mandatory. Not attending a session is not an excuse for missed deadlines and/or requirements. Read the information on the pdf document and if you have any questions, send us an email to

The following is a list of the sessions dates and times:

Date Time Location
Reading Week
Semester Abroad

Step 2: Enrollment process

You should follow these steps in order.

If you have questions or concerns regarding accommodations and/or disabilities, you should schedule an appointment with Josephine C Zeeman, FES Director of Office of Student & Academic Services (contact information below, under ‘Important Information’ section) before enrolling in any of the courses.

Financial Information

The cost to participate in any course includes:

  • YorkU Tuition (amount varies, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Course Fee (includes all in-country transportation, room and board, as well as park entrance fees that are part of course programs. Accommodations include a mix of homestays with local families, lodges and hotels)
  • Flight fare (York International provides an award to all participants to help cover this cost)
  • Travel Insurance: All participants are required to have a travel insurance. Students must register directly with GuardMe through York International’s website

You can enrol in one course or in as many courses as your program allows. The course fees for 2020 are as follow (in Canadian dollars):

  • One course $1,300
  • Two courses $2,400*
  • Three courses $3,300
  • Four courses $4,200
  • Five courses $5,000
  • Six courses $5,700

Note: York University does not make flight nor travel insurance arrangements for students. For each course you will be give specific information as to when to arrive and where will you be picked up and dropped off. Any activities or plans made outside our course program are the student’s responsibility.
*If you take the courses Environmental Law and Justice (ENVS 4421/5061) and Food, Land and Culture (ENVS 5011) running from June 3-12, 2020 the course fee is $2,200 instead of $2,400. This exceptions applies only to students taking these two courses. No other combination of courses apply.

Save your Spot (Deadline)

A $200 non-refundable deposit per course must be submitted by the deadlines listed below. All courses are capped, and spots are considered on a first come first serve basis.

Note that you won’t be able to pay the deposit unless we have checked your eligibility!

Deposits will be accepted in cash only:

  • Before or by the deadline date at HNES 139F (Bev Rutherford’s office during business hours); or
  • At the end of an information session; or


Reading Week: TBA
Semester Abroad: TBA

Submit Course(s) Fee

The remainder of the course(s) fee must be paid by money order or a bank draft (no cash, no personal cheques) and made out to York University by the following dates:

To calculate the remainder owed, you need to deduct the deposit from the initial course fee.


Reading Week: TBA
Semester Abroad: TBA

Bursaries and Awards

York International (YI) provides all participating students with the York International Mobility Award (YIMA). An officer from YI will attend the mandatory session to provide instructions for your application. Do not apply until having received proper instructions. Also, students from LA&PS and Glendon can apply for extra funding to help cover the course fee. These faculties may have additional application procedures (Note that you can not apply for these bursaries unless you have completed the previous steps). To apply for:

  • YIMA
  • LA&PS students can apply for funding to cover the course fees. For more information contact the International Engagement Coordinator at LA&PS
  • Glendon students must contact Jessica Perkins ( at Student Financial Services and must update their ‘Student Financial Profile’

Enroll in Course(s)

Enroll in the course(s) through the REM system. Enrollment in these courses is restricted. Note that you will not be able to enroll in any course, unless you have completed the previous parts. Summer registration starts at the beginning of March 2020, you will not able to add any Summer course before that time. Below is the list of courses and links to REM catalogue numbers.

The following are the courses offered in 2020

Reading Week