Cost: $1100 (Thanksgiving Break 2017)*
Program dates: November 17-26, 2017
Application deadline for 2017 program: Still accepting applications!
Since coffee is not grown in the continental U.S., UGA Costa Rica offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about the horticultural practices and processing involved in coffee production, the second-most widely traded commodity on earth and the premier agricultural commodity of Costa Rica.
This study abroad program is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate students, and remains the only Costa Rican (and Latin American) study abroad program focused entirely on the challenges and practices of growing, harvesting, and processing coffee. Traveling during the region's annual harvesting season, the course will involve tours of both small- and large-scale coffee growing operations, coffee cherry harvesting and processing, and roasting procedures in addition to providing background material on the history, health aspects, sensory properties, chemistry, and technologies as they relate to coffee.
Upon successful completion of this well-established and exciting course, the students will be able to:
- Describe production practices of coffee in Costa Rica;
- Describe the challenges faced by coffee farmers in raising their crop;
- Recognize the complexity and limitations of the production, manufacturing, and distribution pattern of coffee products from the Costa Rican processing plant to consumer purchase;
- And recognize the positive and negative health consequences from coffee consumption.
UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) students: Please be aware that CAES has created a special International Travel Scholarship for its vetted study abroad programs, of which this Coffee Technology program counts. Please click here to apply.
Program fees cover all lodging in-country, three meals per day, travel insurance, and all sponsored in-country transportation and entry fees. They do not include UGA in-state tuition† and fees, personal purchases, and international airfare. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the UGA Bursar's website.
* The final program fee is subject to student enrollment.
† Note: Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition. Additionally, the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to those who are eligible.
Please visit the GoAbroad Portal for full program information.