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  • Locations: San Luis, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: University of Georgia 
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Fall
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/02/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/15/2018 11/06/2018

*Not on Rolling Admissions*

Early Admission Deadline: 01 December 2017

Early Admission Notifications: 15 December 2017

Standard Admission Deadline: 02 March 2018

Standard Admission Notifications: 16 March 2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Residential Center Sponsor: University of Georgia
Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students Language of Instruction: English
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s) Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Academic Area: Biology
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above
Program Description:
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The UGA Costa Rica program offers courses representing 35 different disciplines and is the largest of UGA’s three Centers Abroad. Come and experience the beautiful, ecologically-diverse cloud rainforest and immerse yourself into the welcoming culture of Costa Rica. ¡Pura Vida!

Courses offered:

MIBO 3500 - Introductory Microbiology (3 credits)
GENE(BIOL) 3200 - Genetics
ECOL 3100/L - Tropical Field Ecology
ECOL 3500/L - General Ecology (Fall Semester)
BIOL 3720L - Animal Behavior Lab (3 credits)
ECOL 4960 or BIOL 4960- Undergraduate Research (2-4 credits)

PEDB 1950E - Fitness for Life Walking (online)

For full program details, please view the UGA Costa Rica website.

Program Ratings:
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Accessibility and quality of health care:
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Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
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Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
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Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Program Reviews:
Fall 2016 Participant
This program is such a treasure! I would recommend it for anyone that loves nature and wants to be exposed to a new culture!

Fall 2016 Participant
The UGA Tropical Biology program in Costa Rica was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my life so far. I met so many awesome people who taught me really cool, new things about ecology and biology. Also experiencing a new culture and interacting with the local people was great because it allowed me to learn about ways of living that are different than my own as well as allow me to practice Spanish.

Fall 2016 Participant
The most fun I've had learning at UGA.

It definitely makes me want to travel more in the future.
     — Darshan Patel, Fall 2016
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