Estimated cost: $3,656 (This amount includes the $300 deposit.)

2017 program dates: June 5 - July 6, 2017

Application deadline for 2017 program: January 20, 2017

This long-running Interracial communication program uses a field setting to better understand the significance of communication across racial differences within Costa Rica, with our foundation being informed partially by our knowledge of the history of race in Western society. Costa Rica is an excellent site to explore interracial communication, given its rich heritage of Latino and Afro-Caribbean influences—not to mention the continual influx of American expatriates along its coastal communities. This beautiful country is an ideal context in which to observe these cultural shifts and tensions. This program explores the country and culture of Costa Rica by visiting multiple provinces from the Pacific Coast, to the mountainous rural regions, to the great Central Valley, to the Caribbean Sea. This rigorous travel schedule in combination with the associated excursions at each local are an integral part of course material and the overall study abroad experience.

The goal of this program is to extend knowledge and understanding of race relations. Students learn theories and concepts about race as a social construction and its implications for interpersonal communication between racially (and ethnically) different individuals. Students will move from thinking about race to applying what they have learned to real world experiences. Understanding of the reality of race and racialized experiences that exist beyond the borders of the U. S. will be the challenge students face during their time in Costa Rica. They will be engaged in field studies, self-reflective activities, a service-learning project, and assignments that explore race, racism, ethnicity, racial identity construction, and interracial communication as they relate to Costa Rica as a global market. Using a cultural lens, this course will aim to deconstruct the way we think about race as a global social phenomenon that has significantly impacted various cultures existent within Costa Rica. Immersing ourselves in the culture will offer insight into and understanding of how race has evolved over time into a social ideology that continues to divide ethnic groups according to phenotypic (i.e., physical) features.

If the societal influences of history, language, communication patterns, and media help to shape our understanding of how culture is formed, then this month-long cultural immersion experience will help to investigate these processes, challenge the assumptions of its participants, and ultimately promote positive interracial communication.

Contact Information

Dr. Tina Harris

Academic Courses

COMM 3820S - Interracial Communication 
COMM 4830/6830 - African-American Relational Communication
COMM 8550 - Advanced Topics in Interpersonal Communication

*Program Fee

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.

Scholarship Information

UGA Foundation Incentive Scholarship for Study Abroad
OIE General Scholarship

More Information

Please visit the GoAbroad Portal for full program information.