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A 2012 UGA Costa Rica student Says:
International Perspectives on Interracial CommunicationUndergraduate, Graduate / Summer / Department of Communication Studies
The long-running Interracial Commuincation program uses a field setting to better understand the significance of communication within Western Society. And Costa Rica, given its rich heritage of Latino and Afro-Caribbean influences—not to mention the continual influx of American expatriates along its coastal communities—is an ideal context in which to observe these cultural shifts and tensions. This program, perhaps more than any other UGA Costa Rica program, explores the country and culture of Costa Rica, visiting multiple provinces from the Pacific Coast, to the mountainous rural regions, to the great Central Valley, to the Caribbean Sea. This rigorous travel schedule in combination with the associated excursions at each local are an integral part of course material and the overall study abroad experience.
The goal of this program is to extend knowledge and understanding of race relations. Students learn theories and concepts about race as a social construction and its implications for interpersonal communication between racially (and ethnically) different individuals. Students will move from thinking about race to applying what they have learned to real world experiences. Understanding of the reality of race and racialized experiences that exist beyond the borders of the U. S. will be the challenge students face. They will be engaged in field studies and self-reflective activities and assignments that explore race, racism, ethnicity, racial identity construction, and interracial communication as they relate to Costa Rica as a global market. Using a cultural lens, this course will aim to deconstruct the way we think about race as a global social phenomenon that has significantly impacted various cultures existent within Costa Rica. Immersing ourselves in the culture will offer insight into and understanding of how race has evolved over time into a social ideology that continues to divide ethnic groups according to phenotypic (i.e., physical) features.
If the societal influences of history, language, communication patterns, and media help to shape our understanding of how culture is formed, then this month-long cultural immersion experience will help to investigate these processes, challenge the assumptions of its participants, and ultimately promote positive interracial communication.
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. (Contact Dr. Harris to receive permission to take a potential third course option.)
- COMM 3820S - Interracial Communication (required)
- COMM 4830/6830 - African-American Relational Communication
- COMM 4930 - Directed Study in Speech Communication
- COMM 7300 - Master’s Thesis
- COMM 8550 - Advanced Topics in Interpersonal Communication
March 20 2015
June 4 - July 1, 2015
Enrollment is limited to 14 qualified students. Students will earn 6 - 9 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 $3,600*, which covers all lodging (both on- and off-campus), three meals per day (with a few exceptions), 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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