Faculty-Led Program Abroad

Deadline: January 28, 2024 

FLPA to Costa Rica: Veterinary Technician

Are you interested in the culture and beautiful nature of Costa Rica? Veterinary Technician (VTE) students have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica in June 2024.

This program offers a unique and enriching experience where students can spend two weeks learning about local domestic and exotic species. Additionally, students will get the chance to visit animal rescue centers and esteemed institutions such as the Universidad Técnica Nacional (Atenas, Costa Rica) and Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) (San Carlos campus).

The FLPA program is delivered in partnership with Costa Rica Global Learning Programs, and is led by Seneca professors. Students must attend classes at Seneca before and after the trip.

Learn more about the opportunity below and apply by January 28, 2024!

Program Details

Eligibility Requirements: 

    • Full-time students enrolled in VTE 
    • Have a minimum program GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic standing
    • Open to both domestic and international students

 To be considered for this opportunity, you must submit a complete application which includes:

 Program fee: $5,000 CAD approx. 

    • Included: round-trip airfare, accommodation, local travel, entry fees & site visits, guides & translators, most meals.
    • Not included: course tuition fee, applicable visa fees, meals outside of program itinerary, personal travel, souvenirs, vaccinations required, or otherwise.

Seneca provides up to $3,000 in funding to accepted students to offset the program fee.

Funding is awarded automatically upon application. No additional funding application is required. 

Location: Costa Rica


Itinerary: To be updated


Language of Instruction: English


Term: Summer 2024

    • Classes before and after the trip to Costa Rica will be held at Seneca.
    • Travel dates: June 22 - July 7, 2024

   Accommodations: Shared 

Course Credits

Upon successful completion of the FLPA, students will earn the following Seneca course credit:

Eligible Seneca Program Seneca Course Credit 

Veterinary Technician (VTE) 

Partial credit (60 out of 240 hours) for VPL400: Field Placement

The trip to Costa Rica takes place from June 22 to July 7, 2024, and is a required component of your course.


Application Deadline
Sunday, January 28, 2024

Acceptance Date
Friday, February 9, 2024

Pre-Departure Orientation
Approx. 2 months pre-trip

Return Debrief
Approx. 1 month post-trip

Student Experience

“Hi! My name is Elizabeth Crouchman [...]. In May 2023 I went on the faculty lead trip to Costa Rica with about 23 other students in my program. This trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For me, the best part was all the people I met. [...] I became friends with so many of the other girls throughout the two weeks there. I am so happy that I got to make memories and experience Costa Rica with them. Throughout the trip, we also got to meet many locals and they were some of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met. The biggest thing that I learned from the people I met was to live the Pura Vida way. I have a habit of moving quickly in my day-to-day life, not taking enough time to appreciate what I have or enjoying the life I am living. Spending two weeks in Costa Rica really taught me to slow down, enjoy what I am doing, and not take anything for granted. I have created a video of some of the memories we made and the amazing views that we saw while in Costa Rica. Pura Vida.”

Elizabeth Crouchman, VTE student, participant of FLPA to Costa Rica (VTE) Summer 2023

Explore more GLE alumni stories here.


Traveling students must adhere to all jurisdictional guidelines and/or regulations of their host country and host institution. All accepted students are responsible for ensuring they meet the entry and exit requirements of their destination country. This information is subject to change at any time.

Seneca relies on the Government of Canada’s (GOC) Travel Advice and Advisories and the associated risk level for each destination to assess whether students should engage in an overseas activity. While we make every effort to prepare students for a successful trip overseas, circumstances may arise that are beyond our control.

Students who accept to participate on a global learning opportunity must accept as a condition of participation the possibility that the program may be cancelled or terminated early due to concerns over the safety and security of students. If cancellation or termination occurs, we will refund any payments you have made and withdraw any disbursed grants. Participants may encounter additional and unexpected financial and academic implications. Seneca will work to mitigate negative implications to the best of its ability. 

International Students are required to meet with an immigration specialist to ensure their program of study and/or study permit will not be negatively impacted by travelling abroad. This must take place as soon as possible in the application process. Immigration specialists can be reached at theservicehub@senecacollege.ca

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