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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."

Language & Culture Service-Learning

SAN LUIS main overlook from botanical gardens Drinking coffee in the rain CULTURE tree planting with local children Operating the trapiche SAN LUIS typical Costa Rican home porch dogs CULTURE students making tamales kitchen SAN JOSE students taking photos on roof Girls exhausted lying crisscross on ground COAST dog running at sunrise
Undergraduate, Graduate / Summer / College of Education

Program Overview

The Language and Culture Service-Learning study abroad program is in its 10th year, and introduces undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline to basic linguistic concepts and theories while exploring through applied activities such questions as: How does language work? How is it tied to our identities? What happens (to language and to people) when speakers of different languages come into contact? How does this impact students and teachers in schools? And how is globalization impacting the way we talk?


During this month-long program, students will explore through reflections, discussion, and theoretical readings, the nexus between language and culture and how this impacts the teaching of ESL/EFL. As part of the service-learning component, participants will apply what they are learning over a week-long “English Camp” for local elementary school children, developing interactive lessons that integrate the Costa Rican national science curriculum, all the while exploring strategies for teaching English to non-native speakers. Most of the course is held at the rural UGA Costa Rica campus and the surrounding communities tucked into the mountains around the Monteverde Cloud Forest. However, we also travel to San José to experience the capital city, to the Volcán Poás, and finish out the trip at Playa Hermosa, one of Costa Rica’s coastal jewels in the Guanacaste region.


Although participating students will enroll in three different courses, study abroad is different from "regular" class in that we attempt to make the courses a seamless whole, integrating all program activities into an overall learning experience. Participating students must enroll in all three ESOL Endorsement courses:  ESOL Methods P-12 (LLED 5630/7630) which will encompass the work we will be doing in the San Luis and San José communities and reflections on that work regarding teaching methods in EFL and ESL contexts; Language & Culture in the Classroom (LLED 5040/7040), which provides opportunities to reflect on the contruction of the concept of the "other" and the inclusion of this "other" into our society, schools and classrooms; and First and Second Language Acquisition (LLED 5730/7730), through which students learn and apply theories when creating and implementing English camp, discussion with EFL and ESL teachers, and teaching in two different EFL contexts (one rural and one urban).


Note: These courses are listed amongst the 3 ESOL endorsement courses required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.


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.







January 20 2017


$2,975* (approximate)

Program Dates

Summer II

Application Process

Enrollment is limited to 14 qualified students. Students will earn 6 - 9 credit hours.

To apply, students must submit both of the following:

For more information, contact Dr. Tolosa-Casadont. 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 Program deposit is due in full by the Deposit/Withdrawal/Commit Deadline as listed on the program-specific webpage (web link). 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 in full after this date. 
Students who withdraw prior to the Deposit/Withdrawal/Commit Deadline will receive a full refund of all fees paid. Students who withdraw after the Deposit/Withdrawal/Commit Deadline will forfeit the deposit and owe 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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