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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 2019 03/01/2019 03/08/2019 08/15/2019 11/06/2019
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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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:
·  ECOL 3100 - 3100L - Tropical Field Ecology (4 credits)
·  ECOL 3500 - 3500L - General Ecology (4 credits)
·  BIOL 3729L - Animal Behavior Lab (3 credits)
·  ECOL 4960 ( 2-4- credits) or BIOL 4960 (4 credits) - Undergraduate Research 
·  GENE(BIOL) 3200/3200D - Genetics (4 credits)  
·  PEDB 1950E - Fitness for Life Walking (1 credit)

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

Program Ratings:
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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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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
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Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
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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
The most fun I've had learning at UGA.

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
This program is such a treasure! I would recommend it for anyone that loves nature and wants to be exposed to a new culture!

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