PROGRAM DATES: May 8 - 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 COST: $2420* (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.

This unique program offers courses in several fields:  Spanish language, creative writing in English, Journalism and field photography.

The two Spanish courses offered are SPAN3020 (Advanced Composition & Conversation) SPAN4090s (Practicum in Service Learning). SPAN 3020, a required course for Spanish majors and minors, focuses on improving oral and written skills through the use of literature and film. SPAN 4090s will get the student in and about the community of San Luis participating in projects to enhance the lives of the town's residents. You might help build a park, create a reading program from children, or assist in a local farm.  The students signed up for SPAN courses will be required to participate in homestays, i.e. live with local families.

Is writing is your passion?  Whether you write to delight or inform, this program provides you with three courses to choose from: ENGL 3800w (Introduction to Creative Writing), ENGL 4800 (Advanced Topics in Creative Writing: Essay as Encounter), and  JRLC 5990 (Environmental Journalism).  JRLC 5990 goes beyond the headlines to provide students with the critical language to make sense of our changing planet using a set of storytelling tools. Students will develop a multi-media portfolio (blogs, photography, long-form narratives) to prepare for careers in the growing field of environmental journalism and mass communication. Each student will have work published during the session. ENGL 3800W and ENGL 4800 will allow students to explore the work of inpiring, established writers while generating their own jewel-like, surprising and unpredictable pieces in the glorious setting of the Costa Rica mountainous rainforest.

ARST 2220 (Introduction to Photography Fieldwork) will help the students explore their creativity and talent.  The course provides a great opportunity  to use creative processes to study, observe, interpret, and derive meaning from a visit abroad. As a result of their experiences and reflections, the students will then create a process-portfolio of original works that demonstrates the ways their art and ways of thinking have been informed by their international study experience. The course will emphasize field experience, utilizing images to engage conceptual content. Techniques will include camera controls, composition, quality of light, editing, and printing. The work of other prominent photographers will be explored along with related assignments that combine theory and example with field photography.

Contact Information

Academic Courses

(for a total of 6 credit hours)

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 to apply!