Cost: $2546* (This amount includes the $300 deposit.)

Program dates: May 9 - May 31, 2017

Travel dates: May 16 - May 31, 2017**

Application Deadline:  January 20, 2017

Nowhere in the world is it easier to be "at one with nature" than in Costa Rica. Exploring the misty cloud forests, volcanic mountain ranges, and tropical lowlands will reveal an unmatched biodiversity. In order to really learn about this unique natural environment, we'll hike just about every day, raft Class III-IV whitewater, kayak, and surf the Caribbean waves. Amidst all this physical activity, we'll interact with the local community to learn about Costa Rican culture, study the country's rich flora and fauna, and attend talks on habitat conservation and sustainability.

Of course, we'll spend a lot of time studying the natural environments in conjunction with Geology coursework as well. You will learn about the internal and external processes that mold out planet, how these processes affect the human endeavors and, at the same time, how human activities have an impact on the natural environment. The field experience in Costa Rica offers the unique opportunity of being a witness and participant on the spot where the geologic action takes place. Get ready to hike, paddle, surf, observe, collect data and enjoy, while you actually feel the beating pulse of Earth living among active volcanoes.

This trip is designed for outdoor enthusiasts eager to be involved in a rigorous, high-energy, active science learning experience, compliments of UGA Outdoor Recreation and the Geology Department.

**Note: While this program spends the majority of its time in Costa Rica, the initial portion takes place in Athens. The participant, therefore, must find Athens accommodation during these REQUIRED program dates, a cost that will be in addition to the program fee. If you wish to stay in university housing during this Athens-based portion of the program, please contact the University Housing office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706-713-2654), who will explain this process and provide payment options. (Please keep in mind that this service is based on availability.) Alternatively, the Days Inn located at 230 N. Finley Street (706-543-6511) and the Holiday Inn options downtown would be good off-campus lodgings.

Contact Information

Josh Fulmer
Kellie Gerbers
Dr. Marta Patiño Douce

Academic Courses

PEDB1090 - Outdoor Adventure
GEOL 1121 - Earth Processes & Environments
GEOL 1121L - Earth Processes & Environments (lab)
GEOL 3120/L - Geological Hazards

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.