PROGRAM DATES: August 15 - November 6, 2018



PROGRAM COST: $6,438* (includes program deposit of $500)

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 information. 2018 information 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 interdisciplinary field course involves the intensive study of tropical environments, their natural history, and their people. This program's hands-on approach emphasizes student development in observation, analysis, and critical thinking skills, ultimately preparing each participant to carry out original field research. Under faculty guidance, students will design their own research projects, collect and analyze data, and present their findings in a final symposium. And with its NEW DISCIPLINARY EMPHASIS, UGA Biology majors can now fulfill 2 of 4 core requirements (Genetics and Ecology) plus required Organismal Biology and Laboratory courses, or upper-level major electives in one semester abroad!

In order to better appreciate the vast diversity of organisms and ecosystems that the tropics have to offer, coursework will be completed in both classroom and field settings, utilizing the UGA Costa Rica campus as well as field stations throughout Costa Rica, thereby exploring pristine national parks and protected areas in tropical rain forest, cloud forest, dry forest, and tropical marine habitats along the Pacific Coast. Cultural immersion, too, is a program emphasis achieved through homestays with families in the San Luis Valley, interaction with local scientists and scholars, and participation in community activities.

Host Country: Located between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America, Costa Rica is a small country known for its pioneering role in tropical conservation, its peaceful, democratic traditions, and its commitment to education, health, and diplomacy. Only 1/3 the size of the state of Georgia, Costa Rica is home to some half a million species—about 4% of the species on the planet.

Contact Information

Dr. Ron Carroll
Dr. Carol Hoffman
Dr. J.P. Schmidt

Academic Courses

GENE(BIOL) 3200 - Genetics
ECOL 3100/L - Tropical Field Ecology
ECOL 3500/L - General Ecology (Fall Semester)
ECOL 3530 - Conservation Biology (Fall Semester)
ECOL 4960 - Ecology Research (Fall Semester)
ENTO 3140 - 3140L Insect Natural History
PEDB 1950E - Fitness for Life Walking (online)

Scholarship Information

UGA Foundation Incentive Scholarship for Study Abroad
OIE General Scholarship

UGA students: Participants of this program are eligible for the Ron Carroll and Carol Hoffman Travel Grant, which provides roundtrip airfare. This grant is awarded through the Odum School of Ecology. 

More Information

Please visit the GoAbroad Portal for full program information.