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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."

A GORP Student 2011 Says:

"Going to Costa Rica was the best choice of my freshman year. Three weeks I will never forget!"

A GORP 2010 student Says:

"Fantastic! Worth every penny, ache and drop of sweat!"

Outdoor Recreation & Geology

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Undergraduate / Maymester / UGA Outdoor Recreation | Geology

Program Overview


Nowhere in the world is it easier to be "at one with nature" than in Costa Rica. Exploring the misty cloud forests, volcanic mountain ranges, and tropical lowlands will reveal an unmatched biodiversity. In order to really learn about this unique natural environment, we'll hike just about every day, raft Class III-IV whitewater, kayak, and surf the Caribbean waves. Amidst all this physical activity, we'll interact with the local community to learn about Costa Rican culture, study the country's rich flora and fauna, and attend talks on habitat conservation and sustainability.


Of course, we'll spend a lot of time studying the natural environments in conjunction with Geology coursework as well. You will learn about the internal and external processes that mold out planet, how these processes affect the human endeavors and, at the same time, how human activities have an impact on the natural environment. The field experience in Costa Rica offers the unique opportunity of being a witness and participant on the spot where the geologic action takes place. Get ready to hike, paddle, surf, observe, collect data and enjoy, while you actually feel the beating pulse of Earth living among active volcanoes.


This trip is designed for outdoor enthusiasts eager to be involved in a rigorous, high-energy, active science learning experience, compliments of UGA Outdoor Recreation and the Geology Department.


Note    : While this program spends the majority of its time in Costa Rica, the initial portion takes place in Athens. The participant, therefore, must find Athens accommodation during these REQUIRED program dates, a cost that will be in addition to the program fee. If you wish to stay in university housing during this Athens-based portion of the program, please contact the University Housing office ( or 706-713-2654), who will explain this process and provide payment options. (Please keep in mind that this service is based on availability.) Alternatively, the Days Inn located at 230 N. Finley Street (706-543-6511) and the Holiday Inn options downtown would be good off-campus lodgings.


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 the PEDB course along with either GEOL 1121/L or GEOL 3120/L, giving you a total of 5 credit hours.


January 20 2017


$2,450* (approximate)

Program Dates

May 9 - May 31, 2017

Application Process

Enrollment is limited to 16 qualified students. Students will earn 5 credit hours (4 Geology + 1 Physical Education).


To apply, students must submit both of the following:

For more information, please contact Marta Patiño Douce. 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.

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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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