CATIE - The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center

CATIE, as an international entity with a unique combination of science, graduate education and innovation for development, has its bases well-grounded and a clear action plan for creating professionals with a distinct perspective who can also contribute to the sustainable growth of the communities. 

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Our mission is to increase sustainable and inclusive human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting education, research and outreach for the sustainable management of agriculture and conservation of natural resources.


As the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), we use one question to establish our north for each step we take in the field of specialized education.How do we make Mesoamerica a place of hope for its peoples? Year after year, enormous efforts are made to respond to that question in positive ways. All of these efforts and the conclusions derived from them can be found in our annual report of endeavors and their results.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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Student services

These services and facilities ensure that their stay is comfortable, pleasant, safe and of high quality. CATIE offers all of these to those who study here:

  • 24 hour security
  • Extensive green areas and recreational areas
  • Gymnasium
  • Institutional cafeteria
  • Souvenir shop and grocery store
  • Banking
  • Post office and telecommunications
  • Laundry
  • Transport CATIE-Turrialba and vice versa
  • Bilingual pre-school, primary and secondary schools

Housing services

Our university campus has residences that are appropriate for the needs of each student. All residences are furnished and equipped. They are suitable for singles as well as for students with spouses and families.

Library services

Orton Memorial Library receives important historical collection. The mobilized collection amounts to approximately 17 000 documents, 90% of which are already in digital format.

ICT services

Internet 24 hours.

Medical services

Nursing and Physiotherapy.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campus, located in Turrialba, has a beautiful natural landscape, where we offer a number of services and facilities for students, whether they come alone or with their families. 

Sports facilities

Sports fields and pool.


“CATIE’s having achieved accreditation from SINAES represents a validation of our academic quality to society and the national and international academic community.

Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica


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