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Comparative Environmental Health

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Undergraduate / Summer / College of Public Health


Update 02/03/2016: The Comparative Environmental Health program has been cancelled for Summer 2016.  It will run again in Summer 2017.



Program Overview


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):


UGA Costa Rica Campus

Program courses are taught at UGACR’s classrooms and labs and through “living classroom” field-based activities. The 155-acre UGACR campus, located in San Luis de Monteverde, is a model of sustainability, and includes computer and science labs, spacious bungalow dorms, a student union/dining hall, and recreational facilities. There are over 2 miles of hiking trails throughout the campus’ forest reserve, along with a working organic farm and reforestation nursery, and the San Luis Botanical Garden with a medicinal plants garden and arboretum trails.



You will select two of the following options, giving you a total of 6 credit hours.


March 01 2016



Program Dates

June 8 - July 5, 2016

Application Process

Enrollment is limited to 12 qualified students. Students will earn 3 credit hours.


To apply, students must submit both of the following:

For more information, contact Anne-Marie Zimeri. You can also reach the UGACR Office at (706) 542-6203.

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. 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




Once notification of official acceptance has been received, a Program deposit is due in full by the Deposit/Withdrawal/Commit Deadline as listed on the program-specific webpage (web link). Payment of this deposit confirms intent to participate and this payment will be subtracted from total program fees. Students acknowledge a commitment to pay all program fees in full after this date. 
Students who withdraw prior to the Deposit/Withdrawal/Commit Deadline will receive a full refund of all fees paid. Students who withdraw after the Deposit/Withdrawal/Commit Deadline will forfeit the deposit and owe a pro-rated portion of the Program fees as determined by the University of Georgia Education Abroad Program Fee Refund Policy.  


FINAL PAYMENT DUE: See the Bursar's Office website, select Calendar & Payment Deadlines in the side navigation, then choose the appropriate term to find final payment deadlines.

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