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

Step 1: Check your eligibility & attend an information session

Check your Eligibility

Our courses are open to all York University undergraduate (3rd and 4th year) and graduate students and have no prerequisites. Fill out the following form and we will notify you of your eligibility by email.

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. If you missed or can’t attend any of our sessions, here is a copy of the presentation for your information (Reading Week – we’ll post the one for the Semester Abroad after Oct.22). Not attending a session is not an excuse for missed deadlines and/or requirements. Read the information of 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
November 4, 2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM HNES 109, Keele Campus
Semester Abroad
October 22, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM HNES 109, Keele Campus
October 29, 2019 2 PM – 3 PM YH A224, Glendon College
November 12, 2019 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM HNES 142, Keele Campus
January 8, 2020 1 PM – 2 PM HNES 109, Keele Campus
February 6, 2020 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM HNES 109, Keele Campus
February 6, 2020 3 PM – 4 PM YH A224, Glendon Campus
February 25, 2020 2 PM – 3 PM HNES 142, Keele Campus
March 11, 2020 11 AM – 12 PM HNES 109, Keele Campus

Step 2: Enrollment process

You should follow these steps in order.

Financial Information

The cost to participate in any course includes:

  • YorkU Tuition (amount varies, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Course Fee (include 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)

You can enrol in one course or in as many courses as your program allows. The course fees 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

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); or
  • At the end of an information session; or
  • By appointment at


Reading Week: November 14, 2019
Semester Abroad: February 3, 2020

Submit Course(s) Fee

The remainder of the course(s) fee must be paid by money order or a bank draft 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: December 4, 2019
Semester Abroad: March 2, 2020

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:

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