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International StudiesUndergraduate / Summer / Romance Languages | SPIA
The International Studies Program is ideal for students studying Latin America, Spanish, and International Affairs. Students will select 3 courses from a wide variety of offerings—10 courses in Spanish and 2 in International Affairs—receiving 9 credit hours over the 7-week program. Additionally, all courses apply directly toward the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) major and certificate program. UGA Costa Rica's International Studies program is designed as a cultural immersion experience, which will include 3 weeks of homestays with local families, as well as a variety of Costa Rican guest lecturers who will address the current state of Central American politics and society.
Program participants will be based primarily at the UGA Costa Rica campus in San Luis de Monteverde. However, the program will also explore other regions of Costa Rica on a variety of field excursions, each designed to enhance the course material and overall study abroad experience. During the first week, students will travel to campus and visit both the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and San Luis Waterfall, the second highest in Costa Rica. After the second full week in-country, the group moves to the capital city, San José, and will have three days full of activities including a walking tour of the city, visits to the National Museum of Costa Rica as well as the National Theatre, lectures from university faculty at the University of Costa Rica, and great meals at the city's most popular restaurants. This part of the program will also include an exciting all-day whitewater-rafting trip on the Pacuare River!
Following San José, the group will stop for a few days at Arenal Volcano on the way back up to campus, where the students will enjoy the natural hot springs and a horseback riding tour around the base of the volcano. The group will then return to campus, where the students will continue their homestay experience with a local family in San Luis. The summer will wind up on the Pacific Coast in the sleepy town of Manuel Antonio, which will include a visit to its pristine national park.
UGA COSTA RICA CAMPUS
Courses are taught in state-of-the art classrooms and via "living classroom" excursions. All in all, the 155-acre campus is comprised of 36,000 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.
March 21 2014
June 10 - July 31, 2014
Enrollment is limited to 18 qualified students. Students will earn 9 credit hours.
To apply, students must submit a complete UGA Costa Rica program application and UGA transient application (if applicable). A $300 deposit will be required 10 days after your official acceptance and is payable via the UGA Student Accounts System. The 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.
- INTL4320 - Politics of Development
- INTL4550 - Government & Business
- LLED4045 - Diversity Through Dance
- SPAN2001 - Intermediate Spanish
- SPAN2002 - Intermediate Spanish
- SPAN3010 - Conversation & Composition
- SPAN3020 - Advanced Composition & Conversation
- SPAN3040 - Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Cultures
- SPAN3050 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
- SPAN4080 - Culture & Literature in Latin America
- SPAN4082 - Latin American Film
- SPAN(LACS) 4090S - Practicum in Service-Learning
- SPAN4150 - Business Spanish
Costs & Payments
Program fees are approximately $5,280*, 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: March 21, 2014
Withdrawal deadline: March 31, 2014
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: June 1, 2014
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