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Comparative Environmental HealthUndergraduate / Summer / College of Public Health
The Comparative Environmental Health program will offer a courses to promote the College of Public Health's mission to conduct innovative research to improve human health, well being, and quality of natural and working environments, and to provide exemplary education and training for future Environmental Health professionals.
This experience contains an incredible offering of educational activities and excursions, taking place for two weeks in Athens, Georgia and two weeks on UGA Costa Rica's campus.
Athens, GA (2 weeks)
- Visiting large scale, small scale, conventional, and sustainable farms in the surrounding counties.
- Dining on local, sustainable foods.
- Following packaged food through USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) process at Athens USDA facility.
Tour commercial food processing plants.
Spend a morning at the Athens Farmer's market.
Costa Rica (2 weeks):
- Hikes through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve as well as the Camino Real trails on campus.
- Fieldtrips to the nearby towns of Monteverde and Santa Elena.
- Ziplining through the cloud forest.
- Time in the capital city of San José, where you will lodge at the Hotel Don Carlos and experience many of the city's attractions.
- An all-day white water river rafting trip on the Pacuare River.
- A weekend at the Arenal Volcano with natural history hikes, hot springs, horseback riding, boating, and more.
- A sustainable agriculture tour of the Finca La Bella farm cooperative.
UGA Costa Rica Campus
Program courses are taught using both state-of-the art classrooms and through "living classroom" excursions. All in all, the 155-acre campus, located in San Luis de Monteverde, is comprised of 45,000 square feet of built space, which includes computer labs, spacious bungalows, a student union, and recreational facilities. Additionally, there are nearly 3 miles of hiking trails throughout the property, along with a working organic farm and reforestation nursery.
You will select two of the following options, giving you a total of 6 credit hours.
March 20 2015
June 4 - July 1, 2015
Enrollment is limited to 12 qualified students. Students will earn 6 credit hours.
To apply, students must submit all 3 of the following:
- A complete UGA Costa Rica program application
- A UGA transient application (only if a non-UGA student)
- A $300 deposit check—cash or credit cards not accepted—must be hand delivered or mailed to the Office of International Education (c/o "UGA Costa Rica"). $275 of this deposit will be refunded if the applicant withdraws by the program's withdrawal deadline (see below).
Costs & Payments
Program fees are approximately $1,350*, which covers all lodging (both on- and off-campus), three meals per day, travel insurance, and all sponsored in-country transportation and entry fees. Additional costs include UGA in-state tuition† and fees, personal items, and international airfare. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the UGA Bursar's website.
* The final program fee is subject to student enrollment.
† Note: Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition. Additionally, the HOPE scholarship applies to those who are eligible.
After your acceptance into the program, all program fees and tuition will be applied to your Student Account upon registration through Athena. Our office will communicate program and academic course registration specifics with you when your program term approaches. Access your Student Account here. You may pay online with a credit card or mail a check to the Bursar's Office. If you receive a scholarship from either OIE or UGA Costa Rica, or if you plan to utilize financial aid, please notify the UGA Costa Rica Office should any payment need to be submitted after the deadlines given the timing of disbursement. We are generally willing to work with students who have special circumstances.
An additional application and $60 processing fee is required for non-UGA students to enroll. Click here for instructions and to download the Transient Student application. Contact the UGA Costa Rica Office to confirm once you have started the application process. And per University of Georgia policy, all non-UGA students will be charged a $250 fee in addition to their tuition (unless a student of a USG or SEC institution), which is assessed by the UGA Bursar's office.
Other dates / Deadlines
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 20, 2015
WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE: March 30, 2015
After this date, students who withdraw from the program will be responsible to forfeit their initial deposit as well as any program costs that have been spent on their behalf (e.g., hotel reservations, transportation, and payments to local vendors). To withdraw a student must submit the official withdrawal form.
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