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  • Locations: La Selva, Costa Rica; Playa Grande, Costa Rica; San Luis, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: University of Georgia 
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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: Ecology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Minimum number of credit hours: 07 Maximum number of credit hours: 07
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Open to non-UGA students: Yes
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:
ECOL 3100 / L - Tropical Field Ecology
ECOL 3510 - Ecology Laboratory

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

Program Ratings:
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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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Program Reviews:
Maxwell Dean Sumner, Maymester 2017 Participant
We attempted to immerse ourselves in the culture at every opportunity. The homestay at UGA CR really made me feel as if I was immersing myself in the culture.

Catherine Blake Miller, Maymester 2016 Participant
The maymester program was a great mix of learning and adventure. We got to experience a new country's culture and biodiversity while earning credit for it. I couldn't as for anything more from a study abroad program.

Margaret Ann Clark, Maymester 2017 Participant
Pay attention to your surroundings and interact with people outside of your course when possible - you learn the most from your surroundings, not just in class. Also, when you're in the jungle, there are more things watching you than you can see, so be quiet. You might actually see something rare. I had a classmate accidentally run into an anteater on an early morning run - that's a once in a lifetime opportunity that wouldn't have happened if she'd been with a big group of people and talking. UGA Costa Rica is cool, sometimes even cold for a tropical location. Bring at least one sweatshirt!

The Maymester gave me a new appreciation for our natural world and reinforced my passion for conservation and environmental protection. Living, researching, and learning within this immersive environment for 3 weeks really reinforced everything I learned. I will remember all the plants, insects, and birds I saw there for a while, but the sights, sounds, and smells of the country will be with me even longer.
     — Galen Xiang, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.