Our academic facilities serve all the needs of our many varied programs. From space outfitted for the studio arts to a wet lab for the natural sciences, UGA Costa Rica campus provides an excellent academic setting, as well as spaces for much needed downtime or student gatherings.

Indoor Classrooms

Our two indoor-classrooms are located in main campus, near the laboratory and open-air classroom. The classrooms include IT equipment for class presentations with mounted and moveable whiteboards.

Open Air Classroom 

Hands-down the favorite classroom facility on campus, and renovated in 2006, an open-air classroom and meeting hall is used for lectures, slide presentations, seminars, and a variety of hands-on activities. Moveable whiteboards are available for use in this classroom. The open-air classroom is located in the heart of the campus, next to the laboratory facilities and across the lawn from the bungalow residences.

Natural Science Wet Laboratory 

Built in 2004 and renovated in 2013, a climate controlled laboratory has been specially designed for short-, mid- and long-term research and academic programs. It can also serve as a classroom and indoor activities area, and has 10 computers that are available for student use. UGA Costa Rica provides equipment storage space for mid- to long-term researchers and regularly-returning academic programs. The lab includes a professionally-maintained insect collection that has been developed over the last 15 years by our faculty and students. This collection serves as an outstanding reference for field researchers. For information about lab equipment, please contact José Montero at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Joyce Leitón at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory 

The campus also maintains a modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab with 10 high- end computers running ArcGIS and several other useful software programs for scientific computing. Six GPS units are available to check-out for field research activities including both recreational-grade (Garmin 60s) and mapping-grade (Garmin 17x/Trimble Nomad) GPS units. This Lab is connected to a central server which contains the latest spatial data available for the country, the Bellbird Biological Corridor, and other regions of interest.

Student Recreation Center

The Recreation Center is a great place for students to relax and socialize. The building was completed in 2007 and boasts a fireplace, ping pong and foosball tables. It also has white-boards and can be used for extra classroom or instructional space when needed.  It also provides wireless internet access for Skyping or other needs.

Student Union

This building serves as central gathering place, and is probably the most popular of all, considering it is home to the cafeteria. With a graceous veranda overlooking the rest of campus, it is a favorite spot to relax and enjoy coffee after a meal. The library offers eight computers for internet access, and ample space to do research, or conquer a puzzle and strum at the guitar.  The Student Union also houses the Ecolodge Reception, Academic Program office, and Resident Naturalists/Interns office.