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Housing and Household Economics (FHCE)

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Undergraduate / Maymester / College of Family & Consumer Sciences

*UGA Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) students: Please be aware that FACS has created a special International Study Abroad Scholarship for its vetted study abroad programs, of which this Housing & Household Economics program counts. Please click here to download the application. These awards may be used in tandem with UGA Costa Rica's Foundation Incentive Scholarships, as well the many scholarship opportunities sponsored by UGA's Office of International Education.


Program Overview


The Housing & Household Economics program explores the management of household resources and intra-household dynamics from a comparative international perspective, specifically between the Latin American region and the United States.


In this program, students will learn about the basic principles of efficient resource allocation and management, economic decision-making under risk and uncertainty, and the interactions among households with other ecological systems (for example, surrounding neighborhoods, local community, local government, industry, society and its varying cultural beliefs). These topics are studied in the context of family and household, community, and global events within both rural and urban settings.


A highlight of this program is a one-week build project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity's Costa Rica. This experiential learning initiative provides students with the opportunity to study firsthand the housing needs in Costa Rica, and the practical aspects of allocating tangible and intangible resources in vivo. Most importantly, students will simultaneously apply learned theories to problems and enjoy being part of the solution through building a house for a family in need. Other program features are trips to the Pacific Coastal town of Playa Samara, as well as an extended stay in the capital city of San José.


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.


January 20 2017


$3,190* (approximate)

Program Dates

Maymester- May 9 - May 31, 2017

Application Process

Enrollment is limited to 12 qualified students. Students will earn 6 credit hours.


To apply, students must submit both of the following:

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

Costs & Payments

The Program fee 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 non-refundable Program deposit is due in full. 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 by paying the deposit. 
Students who withdraw after commiting to the program will be subject to 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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