EARTH University

Universidad Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda, or EARTH University in English, is a private university located in Costa Rica.  It was founded in late 80s through a partnership between a group of Costa Rican investors, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The inaugural class began studies in March 1990.

EARTH University has two campuses in Costa Rica, and we visit both of them during the Introduction to Sustainable Engineering and Latin American Culture class.

EARTH University’s English website 

Study Abroad at EARTH Handbook

(From EARTH University’s website)

EARTH campus in Guácimo
In the heart of the tropical rainforest in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica, resides EARTH University. The 8,342-acre campus includes classrooms, laboratories, academic farms, sports and recreational facilities, student and faculty residences, a commercial banana plantation, reforested areas and a forest reserve.

Our second campus called EARTH-La Flor, is located in the dry tropics of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province. The family of former Costa Rican President, Daniel Oduber Quirós, donated the property to EARTH in 2005. This 3,700-acre campus promises to be a hub for research, development and innovation.

Currently, third-year students spend seven weeks at EARTH-La Flor living and working on sustainable development projects in the surrounding communities. The campus also offers seminars and training programs open to the public in areas such as renewable energies, entrepreneurship and sustainable agriculture.