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11.8.2013 Spring Programs
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03.21.2014 Maymester & Summer Programs
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A 2012 UGA Costa Rica student Says:

"Costa Rica is an amazingly peaceful country with amazing culture and wildlife. The trip was not a culture shock, but a culture re-awareness. You learn about other values, customs, and at the same time learn the importance of conserving the land & its creatures."

Franklin Spring Semester (NEW Psychology emphasis!)

GENERAL student union IPIC san luis waterfall students swimming cold COFFEE picking dance students posing on camino real ANTH outside class GENERAL girls posing with planting trees ANTH class posing with mangroves GENERAL horseback students overlooking ocean ANTH boating in ocean
Undergraduate / Spring / Franklin College

*UGA students: Please be aware that there are a number of $1,500 Foundation Incentive Scholarships available for this program, which may be used in tandem with any Franklin College awards, the Office of Sustainability's Study Abroad Scholarship as well as the many other funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of International Education.


Program Overview


The newly revamped Franklin College Spring Semester program offers students a broad variety of core curriculum and major requirements utilizing the unique culture and natural wonders of Costa Rica, emphasizing Latin American content throughout its coursework in history, sociology, women's studies, and biology; beginning through advanced levels of Spanish; and three upper-level PSYC requirements necessary for all Psychology majors to take! All levels of students and a wide variety of majors are eligible to apply.


Beyond their in-country travels and campus lodging, students will engage in language and cultural immersion through extended homestays with Costa Rican families, in addition to many other immersion activities such as dancing lessons, pick-up soccer, guest lectures from local authorities and scholars, natural history hikes, and more.


This spring semester abroad includes an incredible variety of educational activities and excursions:


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.



We've designed this program specifically for both 2nd and 3rd year Psychology majors. (See also our Athens vs. Costa Rica cost comparison.) Please consult with your advisor on how this package of courses fits into your schedule.


December 03 2013



Program Dates

January 14 - April 8, 2014

Application Process

Enrollment is limited to 20 qualified students. Students will earn 12-18 credit hours.


To apply, students must submit a complete UGA Costa Rica program application and UGA transient application (if applicable). A $500 deposit will be required 10 days after the full program fee hits your UGA Student Account. This deposit will be refunded if the applicant withdraws by the program's withdrawal deadline (see below). If you are a transient student, please click here for complete application instructions.


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

Costs & Payments

Program fees are approximately $8,750*, 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.



Once you are admitted, all program fees will be charged to your Student Account. You may pay online with a credit card or mail a check to the Bursar's Office. Access your Student Account here. If you receive a scholarship from either OIE or UGA Costa Rica, or plan to utilize financial aid, please notify the UGA Costa Rica Office should any payment need to be submitted after the deadlines. 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: December 3, 2013


Withdrawal deadline: December 4, 2013

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.


Final Payment Deadline: January 6, 2014


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