banner USF Home College of Arts & Sciences OASIS myUSF USF A-Z Index

USF Home > College of Arts and Sciences > School of Geosciences

USF Education Abroad

Expand Your World

New Course Offering - June 20-30, 2015:

Underground Europe: Understanding karst and cave environments (3 credits):

USF’s School of Geosciences offers a karst field class in cooperation with the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. The purpose of this travel-study program is to acquaint students with major cave and karst features in south-central Europe. By visiting caves and karst landforms in Romania and Hungary, students will explore three major themes: Karst and Sustainability, Hydrogeology, and Climate Change


The cost of the field course is ~ $500 and includes: accommodations (hostels, cabins & camping), part of the meals (in Romania), round trip airport/railway transfers in Budapest and Cluj, in-­country transportation for group activities and course-­related site visits.

Students are responsible for arranging their transportation to/from Budapest (~ $1,300), passport (~ $100), USF tuition fees, health insurance, most meals, and discretionary spending.

Only 7 slots avialble! Permit required! Contact Bogdan P. Onac for additional information.

Studying Abroad in the UK:

Click above to find out more!

New Course offering for 2014:

Geology and the Environment in Costa Rica: May 17 - June 14, 2014

Costa Rica

Nicknamed the Land of Eternal Spring, students in San Jose quickly discover that there is more to Costa Rica’s capital than the climate. Gain true language ability in this welcoming and friendly environment surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful natural sights; from rainforests and beaches to volcanoes and cascading waterfalls. Students engage in an applied language experience in the classroom and with friendly host families ready to bring students into their homes and cultures. Experience first-hand the rich and vibrant land of Costa Rica and discover the true meaning of “Pura Vida.”

Geologically speaking, Costa Rica is young and active. Its landscape is created by a tug-of-war between three forces: volcanism and tectonic compression, which builds it up, and stream erosion, which wears it down. In some places, such as on the active volcanoes of Arenal or Rincon de la Vieja, the constructive force of volcanism dominates; in others, such as the central Valley, erosion prevails and lush, fertile plains and rolling hills are found. The landscape affects the climate, which in turn controls the distribution of agriculture; it explains why Guanacaste is arid and the Atlantic coast is rainy, and why bananas are grown near Limón and coffee on the slopes of Turrialba. Since people settled where they could grow what they eat, the landscape and climate also controlled the distribution of population. In summary, then, the geology class will explain how the unique geology of Costa Rica has helped shape its environment, both physical and cultural.

All Students are Welcome!

Earn credit in beginning, intermediate, or advanced Spanish, Latin American Culture through Film, and/or Geology and the Environment in Costa Rica. The program includes two courses (up to 8 credits). Please note that all students must be enrolled in one Spanish course as part of this program. The cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Program details and enrollment information are available at the online program brochure. A downloadable program brochure is available for your convenience.


Mariam Manzur-Leiva: Mariam was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her M.A. in Spanish at University of South Florida, and currently works as a full-time instructor for the World Languages Department. She teaches intermediate and advanced language courses, and has worked in USF several study abroad programs for the past three years taking students to Argentina and Panama. In the past, she also taught ESL courses in her native country for seven years.

Tom Juster: Tom has been an instructor at USF for 15 years, teaching a variety of undergraduate courses and leading field trips far and wide. He is the author of “Essentials of Geology”, the lab manual used in USF’s introductory geology lab. Having spent a year living and working in Costa Rica, he knows all the great places to go and is excited to share his knowledge and love of geology with students.