PROGRAM DATES: June 5 - June 28, 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 for 2018: $2900 - $3000. 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.

Program Overview

Costa Rica has a diversity of ecosystems with climatic zones ranging from tropical sea level to high altitude volcanic peaks. A wide variety of tropical crops—banana, coffee, cacao, and pineapple—are grown in a diversity of climates, which in turn utilize both hi-tech and traditional agriculture techniques. At the same time, Costa Rica boasts one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Agricultural production, therefore, is gradually encroaching upon the remaining unspoiled natural areas, which are further affected by a large influx of tourists. And, similar to the rest of the developed world, current conventional agricultural practices are leading to the degradation of the land already available to agricultural production. Within this complex context, this program will explore how sustainable agricultural practices are being used to address important issues, such as natural resource conservation and social justice, while still allowing growers to produce a profitable crop.

We will be traveling from San Jose to the cloud forests of Monteverde, and over to the Pacific coast, across western Costa Rica, exploring many of the major ecosystems and agricultural areas along the way. One of this program's highlights is the interaction students will have with a diverse collection of local producers, as well as exposure to a diversity of production models.

Beyond visiting farms and research sites, students will enjoy the natural beauty and diversity of Costa Rica by hiking through cloud forests, rafting world-class rapids, and sunbathing on one of the country’s pristine beaches. These experiences will provide students a deeper understanding of the challenges involved in growing healthy crops while sustaining viable farm communities in a tropical environment. Finally, students will gain a more global perspective on the challenges of balancing the social, economic, and environmental aspects of a sustainable food system.

Academic Courses

CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4931/6931 - 4 credits

UGA Costa Rica Campus

Program courses are taught using both state-of-the art classrooms and through "living classroom" excursions. All in all, the 155-acre campus, located in San Luis de Monteverde, is comprised of 45,000 square feet of built space, which includes computer labs, spacious bungalows, a student union, and recreational facilities. Additionally, there are nearly 3 miles of hiking trails throughout the property, along with a working organic farm and reforestation nursery.

Contact Information

Dr. Wayne Parrott

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.