Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions
We are pleased that your student is thinking about studying with us on one of our programs in beautiful Costa Rica. On a mountainous cloud forest campus of nearly 160 acres of land and 33,000 square feet of built space, UGA Costa Rica Study Abroad offers various diverse programs throughout the academic year. Our study abroad programs allow students to earn UGA credits and grades, fulfill program requirements, and retain their financial aid while studying abroad. Additionally, for a valuable culturally-immersive experience, UGA Costa Rica programs offer students multiple service-learning opportunities during their program.
We are proud to say that our programs are nationally recognized for their excellent academic quality. All UGA Costa Rica courses that students may participate in must first be reviewed and approved by the University of Georgia and the UGA Office of International Education before they can be taken for credit. UGA Costa Rica's faculty are both academics and leading practitioners in their fields. We are proud to worked thus far with over 70 UGA faculty members in the administration of their programs on our campus. These professors participate in research and education simultaneously and their first-hand experience serves as a tremendous resource for students studying in the sciences, humanities, international affairs and sustainable development fields.
Our UGA Costa Rica team is comprised of ten globally-engaged administration personnel who provide superior service to students before, during and after their study abroad experience. On our Costa Rica campus we also claim a team of nearly 30 support staff that take care of the physical needs of our students and faculty during their stay.
Below, you'll find that we have addressed some of parents' most common questions and concerns about studying abroad with UGA Costa Rica. If, after reading this page, you find you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd be more than happy to answer any concern - whether small or large.
Frequently Asked Questions For Parents
How will studying abroad in Costa Rica improve my employability after college?
From firsthand experience, we can say that job candidates that have experience studying abroad claim a distinctive competitive edge over their competition. The National Association of International Educators finds in one recent study that "the United States economy faces a significant demand for a workforce that can seamlessly integrate into the global economy." In the same study, of surveyed employers, a significant number agreed that candidates with international study experience are likely to possess key skills such as:
- Cross-cultural communication skills (98%)
- Independence (97%)
- Cultural Awareness (96%)
- Maturity (94%)
- Flexibility (90%)
What's more, studying abroad in Costa Rica will greatly improve your practical speaking, reading and comprehension skills in Latin American Spanish - a language, contrary to that of other less spoken varieties of Spanish, that the vast majority of Hispanic individuals in the United States speak. Also, the culture and values experienced in Costa Rica will prepare you to understand those of the general Latino population with which employers will expect you to interact.
What is included in the program cost?
Accommodations, in-country ground transportation, three meals per day, international health insurance, excursion fees, museum or exhibit entrance fees and other program-related expenses.
What is not included in the cost?
Airfare, tuition and personal expenses are additional costs. Airfare ranges on average between $600-$800 USD. For personal expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks, and extra-excursions, we recommend that students bring around $200.00 USD in cash ( in $10 or $20 bills) in addition to an ATM card that may be used to withdraw money as needed from their US bank account . We strongly recommend that students also travel with a credit card (Visa or Master Card) to cover any unexpected expenses such as a medical emergency. Do not bring traveller's checks, and remember to call your bank and credit card company to inform them of your travel plans.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Through UGA Costa Rica students are encouraged to apply for the UGA Foundation Incentive Scholarship.
Also, UGA's Office of International Education offers several scholarships to students wishing to travel abroad. You should consider applying for any and all scholarships available, as you are able to receive funds from multiple scholarships.
Georgia residents: HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply towards the tuition portion of our study abroad programs.
Is it true out-of-state students pay in-state tuition on study abroad programs?
Yes. For Maymester, Summer, and Semester-Long programs, out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition for the credit hours they are taking on the San Luis campus. This means it is cheaper for an out-of-state student to study abroad in Costa Rica for a semester than staying on campus in Athens.
Is there an application fee or program deposit required?
There is no application fee to apply. However, accepted students are asked to submit a program deposit to secure their spots on the programs. Program deposit amounts and deposit deadlines can be found on your intended program's page.
How can I communicate with my family while I am in country?
Due to our campus' mountainous location, cell phones do not usually work. However, you will have 24/7 access to a public phone on campus and inexpensive phone cards are available in our campus store. Additionally, many students take advantage of the wireless internet on campus and speak with their families and friends via the free services Skype and Google Voice and Video Chat. For a small fee, these services can also be used to call international cell phones and land lines.
Will I need any specific immunizations?
Medical Recommendations for travel:
All student international travelers are strongly encouraged to consider the medical aspects related to travel including updating any routine immunizations which may have lapsed after matriculation. Although immunization for Hepatitis A is not required by UGA for admission, it is recommended for all international travelers regardless of your destination.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler Website www.cdc.gov travel which lists recommended and required vaccines for US travelers, as well as other health risk information. When doing so, consider every potential destination on your itinerary, and not necessarily limited to your school sponsored program. UGA University Health Center operates a full service Travel Clinic to help you. https://www.uhs.uga.edu/services/travel-clinic for more information. Currently, in 2017, Costa Rica does not have specific immunization requirements for entry when coming from the United States, however there are entry requirements for travelers coming from certain countries.
How do I get reimbursed for medical treatments received while on my program?
Save all your receipts related to any medical treatment you received while on your program and covered by the study abroad insurance plan. Insurance information is available for students under the "For Accepted Students" tab on our website. Additional insurance information may be found on UGA's Office of International Education wesbite. Be sure to make a personal copy of your receipts and reimbursement form.
What is UGA Costa Rica’s student misconduct policy?
UGA Costa Rica upholds the University of Georgia's Student Misconduct Policy in regards to alcohol and/or drug use, student suspension, and dismissal.