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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."

Sustainability in Action (NEW in 2017!)

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Undergraduate / Spring / CAES, Odum, Warnell, Franklin College

*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 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


Taking a cue from renowned author Richard Louv, never before has an institution of higher education provided a semester-long, hands-on field study of sustainable principles and practice. UNTIL NOW!


Integrating lectures and fieldwork to explore various facets of conservation ecology, organic agriculture, environmental ethics, sociology, and climate change, UGA Costa Rica's new Sustainability in Action program follows acclaimed conservation scholars into the tropics on this collaborative exploration of sustainability.


UGA offers certificate programs in Local Food Systems, Organic Agriculture, Environmental Ethics, and is soon to provide a new Certificate in Sustainability. The courses offered here will apply directly toward these certificate programs, as well as to majors and minors of Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and other related degrees. Exact courses for 2017 have not been confirmed, however UGACR is working with faculty to offer courses which satisfy the ecological, economic, and social concentration areas as well as a practicum/service-learning course which will directly engage students in applying concepts of sustainability to issues in the San Luis community and at the UGACR campus.


Students from other universities are encouraged to explore how this coursework fits within your degree programs and areas of interest, and are welcome to apply. Course credits are readily transferrable.


Beyond the classroom, this program will contain an incredible variety of educational activities and excursions:


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.




October 31 2016



Program Dates

January - April 2017

Application Process

Enrollment is limited to 24 qualified students. Students will earn 12-18 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 the full program fee hits your UGA Student Account. This 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.


For more information, contact Quint Newcomer. 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.



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: October 31, 2016


Withdrawal deadline: November 17, 2016

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: January 5, 2017

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