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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 (Psychology emphasis!)

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Undergraduate / Spring / Franklin College | College of Education

*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 (DEADLINE: 1/8/16), 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 physical education, sociology, ecology, and biology; beginning through advanced levels of Spanish; and three upper-level PSYC requirements necessary for all Psychology majors! All levels of students and a wide variety of majors, however, are strongly encouraged to apply. After all, all Franklin students will need these core credits!


Beyond their in-country travels and campus lodging, students will engage in language and cultural immersion through extended homestays with Costa Rican families and excursions to the southeastern Caribbean coast where you'll study amongst the indigenous BriBri culture, in addition to many other activities like dancing lessons, pick-up soccer, guest lectures from local scholars, natural history hikes, and more. You'll also spend a week studying primate behavior along the Osa Peninsula.


This spring semester abroad includes an immense variety of educational 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.


October 31 2015



Program Dates

January - April, 2016

Application Process

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


To apply, students must submit all 3 of the following:


If you are a transient student, please click here for complete application instructions. For more information, contact Jessica Cooper. You can also reach the UGACR Office at (706) 542-6203.

Costs & Payments

Program fees are approximately $7,000*, 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



WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE: November 10, 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.


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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