PROGRAM DATES: July 3 - July 31, 2018

EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 13, 2017

EARLY ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATIONS: October 20, 2017

STANDARD APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 19, 2018

STANDARD ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATIONS: January 26, 2018

PROGRAM FEE: $2966 * (This amount includes the $300 deposit.)

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.

* 2017 program fee. 2018 info TBA. 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.

The Language and Culture Service-Learning (LCSL) study abroad program, which is in its 11th year, is committed to help LCSL participants experience and connect with life, culture, and education in Costa Rica. In the summer of 2018, three courses will be offered (see courses below), two of which fulfill requirements for the ESOL Endorsement Program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In LCSL we discuss issues of language, culture, identity, linguistics, and education while exploring through applied, hands-on activities and experiences questions such as: How does language work? How is it tied to our identities? What happens (to language and to people) when speakers of different languages come into contact? How does this impact students and teachers in schools? How is globalization impacting the way we talk and teach languages?

During this month-long program, students will explore through reflections, discussion, and theoretical readings, the nexus between language, culture, and education and how this impacts the teaching and learning of ESL/EFL. As part of the service-learning component, participants will develop interactive lessons that integrate the Costa Rican national science curriculum for a 3-day “English Camp” for P-6 students in San Luis de Monteverde and will participate in a 3-day teaching visit to P-12 schools in San José, all the while exploring and reflecting upon strategies for teaching English to non-native English speakers. Most of the program takes place at the rural UGA Costa Rica campus and the surrounding communities tucked into the mountains around the Monteverde Cloud Forest. However, our experiences also take us to the capital city, San José, Volcán Poás, and Playa Hermosa, one of Costa Rica’s coastal jewels in the Guanacaste region, where we end out program.

 Contact Information

   Dr. Lou Tolosa-Casadont

Academic Courses

(for a total of 6-9 credit hours)

LLED 4620/6620- ESOL Service-Learning
*LLED 5040/7040 - Language & Culture in the Classroom
*LLED  5630/ 7630- ESOL, Grades P-12 

*These courses  are part of the three-course ESOL endorsement as required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Scholarship Information

UGA Foundation Incentive Scholarship for Study Abroad
OIE General Scholarship

*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.

More Information

Please visit the GoAbroad Portal for full program information.