MISTers Prepare for Costa Rica
May 14, 2014

The UNT Hospitality and Tourism Management faculty are proud to send Cohort 4 of the MS in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST) program to Costa Rica in May.  Dr. Daniel L. Spears, UNT MIST Program Coordinator, stated, “I encourage students to familiarize themselves with the culture, language, food, and local communities while in Costa Rica, as well as engage in the research opportunities provided in the program.” 

E’Lisha Fogle, current MIST student, chose the program because, “UNT offers the only master level Sustainable Tourism degree with an international focus in the United States. Not only that, it is the first and only joint degree at UNT and is ranked in the top 20 tourism programs in the U.S.  Most importantly, the program embraces a variety of perspectives toward sustainable tourism, as the students come from all varieties of academic backgrounds.”

The students have completed their first year in the program at UNT, and are now looking forward to this exciting opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica.  MIST students will live at and attend the CATIE Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica for their second year. Costa Rica’s green paradise, amazing scenery, and expertise in conservation are among the benefits that attract students to the MIST Program. Upon completion, students receive a joint Master of Science degree in International Sustainable Tourism from UNT and CATIE in Turrialba, Costa Rica.  

CATIE is both a university and a research center dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of environments in which community members live and work. CATIE is one of only a handful of regional institutions in the world combining scientific research, graduate education, and training.

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