Through our programs, students are able to receive academic credit in Spanish Language, Cultural Anthropology, Natural History, and Recreational Leadership. In addition, students have earned credit in Art, Biology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Folklore, Geography, History, Literature, Philosophy, Medicine, Nutrition, Physical Education, Political Science and Recreational Management and Leadership via independent study through their respective universities.
In order to obtain these credits, students read from various texts in anthropology, natural history, sustainable development, and Spanish language. Moreover, they are exposed to native Costa Rican cultures through village homestays and service projects. Students receive leadership training, as well as certifications required for professionals in the outdoor industry. Ultimately, this experiential learning process teaches students through direct exposure—an exposure that cannot be experienced in a traditional classroom. As a result, Outward Bound Costa Rica credit has been endorsed through a number of academic Universities throughout the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica.
Our partnership with Western State Colorado University is recommended to high school graduates and enrolled college students. It provides students whose educational institute won’t accept an independent study a chance to obtain transfer credits.
This option provides schools an official transcript from a US accredited university. The transcript is on a 4.0 grade scale, and credit is earned for Recreation and Outdoor Education 397 (ROE), Outward Bound School.
This option is attractive for students whose insurance requires them to be enrolled in a University full time. WSCU accepts financial aid through the FAFSA. To start, check out their site, or download a application from them.
If you choose this option, start early! Not all institutions accept this option.
This option is open to everybody. If you are currently enrolled, we highly suggest to ensure credits will transfer before arriving on course. If you’re not currently enrolled, you may request a transcript and written review of your performance if you notify your instructor at the beginning of course.
This option is attractive to students who want to define the courses they receive credit for. Usually students work with their adviser to create a project or decide the parameters of a paper to be completed after course in exchange for credit. This is an opportunity that you need to show initiative for and work with your university advisor. We can help you by providing guidance and course information, but you are responsible for arranging the necessities for your credit.
Check out our packet on obtaining credit for OBCR Leadership Semester Course!