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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 10/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2019 06/06/2019

*not on rolling admissions*

Early Admission Deadline: October 12, 2018

Early Admission Notifications: October 19, 2018

Standard Admission Deadline: January 18, 2019

Standard Admission Notifications: January 25, 2019

** 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, Hotel/Hostel
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Academic Area: Geology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Minimum number of credit hours: 4 Maximum number of credit hours: 5
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:
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Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and has taken great measures to preserve its rich environment. The University of Georgia’s open-air campus, nestled in the Monteverde cloud forest, fits right in with the culture of sustainability and conservation. UGACR offers a wide variety of courses, across a range of disciplines including tropical science, photography, language, business, and more. We provide plenty of recreational excursions such as coffee and chocolate tours, soaking in hot springs, sunset horseback riding, surfing, zip lining, and white-water rafting. Come study with our UGA Center, and experience Costa Rica’s hospitality and incredible beauty. ¡Pura Vida!

Courses offered (5 - 6 credit hrs):
  • ECHD 4000 - Global Perspectives in Culture
  • GEOL 1121 - Earth Processes & Environments
  • GEOL 1121L - Earth Processes & Environments
  • PEDB 1950E - Fitness for Life Walking (optional)
For full program details, please view the UGA Costa Rica website.

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
1 2 3 4 5
Accessibility and quality of health care:
1 2 3 4 5
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
1 2 3 4 5
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
1 2 3 4 5
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals:
1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
1 2 3 4 5
Value of the program in relation to the cost:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Christopher James Antrim, Maymester 2016 Participant
All the activities we did were so much fun. It gave everybody a chance to experience everything Costa Rica has to offer in regards to its ecotourism.

Truc T Vu, Maymester 2017 Participant
Every excursion was amazing. I loved they were incorporated into our learning. Like learning about volcanoes before hiking up the volcano. Or learning about coral reefs then snorkeling.

Maymester 2017 Participant
Open yourself up to making friends and having a good time. I expected it to be fun, but it was way better than I expected. Once in a lifetime trip. Test to make sure your waterproof jacket is still waterproof.

I have a much greater appreciation and passion for the environment and sustainability.
     — Truc Vu, Maymester 2017
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