PROGRAM DATES:  May 8 - May 22, 2018

EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 13, 2017

STANDARD APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 19, 2018

PROGRAM COST: $2200 ( $300 program deposit included). The final program fee is subject to student enrollment.

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.

† Note: Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition. Additionally, the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to those who are eligible.

*UGA College of Environment & Design (CED) students: Please be aware that CED scholarships exist for study abroad programs such as this. Click here for more information and their application procedures. CED scholarships may be used in tandem with UGA Costa Rica's Foundation Incentive Scholarships, as well the funding opportunities sponsored by UGA's Office of International Education.

Program Overview

Embark on a journey through the tropical life zones of Costa Rica while exploring its biodiversity and built environments, with a concentration on the mountainous areas, such as Monteverde. Field trips and service-learning opportunities reveal the landscape and examine pressing sustainability issues in Costa Rica. 

The service-learning component includes two projects along the urban-rural gradient. First, we will partner with students from the University of Costa Rica’s Architecture Program to redesign an area located in San Jose called Cipreses de Barrio México, located on a hill slope of the Rio Torres. Then, students will redesign the San Luis Botanical Garden on UGA Campus. 

Past Student Work

The projects undertaken by our students and faculty has varied immensely over the years, each with the paramount goal of assisting the local community with practical matters and timely needs. Below you'll find links to some of our past student work:

UGA Costa Rica Campus

Program courses are taught at UGACR’s classrooms and labs and through “living classroom” field-based activities. The 155-acre UGACR campus, located in San Luis de Monteverde, is a model of sustainability, and includes computer and science labs, spacious bungalow dorms, a student union/dining hall, and recreational facilities. There are over 2 miles of hiking trails throughout the campus’ forest reserve, along with a working organic farm and reforestation nursery, and the San Luis Botanical Garden with a medicinal plants garden and arboretum trails.

Contact Information

Dr. Jon Calabria

Academic Courses

LAND 4750S/6750S - 3 credits

Scholarship Information

*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.