Excursions are included in your study abroad program price!

Excursions are a fundamental part of the abroad experience. We carefully select weekend excursions that allow you to discover more about the country in which you are studying and are based on cultural and educational importance or sites of natural beauty. Entrance and transportation fees are always included.

The following is a list of our incredible weekend excursions. The excursions for your program will be confirmed in the Program Calendar you receive one month prior to your program start date.

Photo not found. Pacific Beach Trip

Costa Rica's pacific coast is an escape to paradise. It is characterized by lush forests, tropical beaches, and abundant wildlife. Relax on the beach and hike with your director along a forest trail while looking for rainforest creatures....

Photo not found. Rain Forest, Hot Springs & La Fortuna Waterfall (Arenal Volcano region)

Experience the natural beauty that is the Arenal Volcano region. Arenal is a perfect conical volcano and has been active since 1968. On clear evenings you can see glowing lava flow down the volcano’s steep slopes. The area is blessed with...

Photo not found. Rainforest Zipline Canopy Tour

Experience the thrill of a zipline tour through the canopy of the Costa Rican cloud forest! A highlight of the tour is soaring high above the Rio Cataratitas.

Photo not found. White-Water Rafting

One of the many allures of Costa Rica is the opportunity to experience the thrill of white-water rafting. Spend the day on one of Costa Rica’s pristine rivers. You will experience the rush of the rapids while surrounded by breathtaking, tropical...

Boquete, Panama (semester programs, SUM IV optional excursion)

Boquete is known as the cradle of gourmet coffee and colorful tropical flowers. Founded in 1914 by European immigrants, the town is home to a variety of microclimates spanning both tropical rainforest and tropical cloud forest. The charming village is located in the center of a mountain valley with roads that wind up through to the region's coffee and tea plantations, farms, rivers and forests. Nearby Barú Volcano is one of the highest peaks in the Panama and on a clear day you can see both the Pacific and Caribbean. Boquete boasts 0% unemployment, making it a safe and tranquil paradise in which to explore Panamanian culture and history. Boquete is a temporary home to many Ngobe Indigenous families who come to work seasonally during the coffee harvest. During the excursion, enjoy a visit to a local Panamanian family farm where you will get to milk a cow, feed the chickens, make fresh cheese, and drink sweet sugar cane juice flavored with citrus fruits from the orchard. This excursion is included for semester and academic year students as well as those staying for the 14 week summer session. It is offered as an optional excursion for students during the Summer IV session. Before the excursion the SOL directors will collect $20 USD in cash from each student which covers border fees. Lunches and dinners are not included. This is a four day excursion that includes round-trip ground transportation, hotel, breakfasts, and tours.