Estimated cost: $3793*  (This amount includes the $300 deposit.)

Program dates:  July 6-August 3, 2017

Application deadline for 2017 program: February 15, 2017

As a magnet for global surf tourism, Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is being rapidly transformed today as communities face the complex challenges of promoting sustainability and conserving nature while catering to increasing demands for development and economic growth. Travelling up the Pacific coast from south to north, we visit a number of towns and surf destinations to learn how these communities are responding to the changing realities of which they are a part.

Viewing the communities, we visit through an ethnographic lens at the intersections of political ecology, anthropology, and geography, we meet with local surfers, business owners, tourism operators, and visiting tourists along the way, learning first-hand from the people and places whose stories aren't often heard. In the process, we engage directly with the many complex issues critical to the debate on international surf tourism, sustainability, and development.

In this program, students will explore these issues on the ground (and in the water), receiving 6 credits in 2 course offerings: Communities, Conservation, and Development (ANTH/GEOG 4275/6275) and the Anthropology of Surfing (ANTH4900/6900).

A fuller and detailed description of the Surfing & Sustainability Program can be found on the OIE website at

Goabroad: Surfing and Sustainability

& at our Facebook page

Surfing student 

Contact Information: 

Dr. Pete Brosius                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


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.