Costa Rica: First Year Experience

Important Dates:




Deposit Deadline: December 7, 2018 
Scholarship Deadline: December 11, 2018
Final Payment Deadline: February 15, 2019
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Spring Semester 2019

Courses Offered:

Students must take both courses; Students who only need one course will be placed a on waitlist until October 1st

SOCI 1101: Introduction to Sociology: Costa Rica
Professor: Dr. Candace Griffith

An introductory course that explores the discipline of sociology- its origins, primary theorists, key concepts, and core knowledge. This course will also introduce you to the broad range of topics that sociologists research, such as, culture, economy, socialization,
stratification, institutions, social change, conflict and deviance, and the variety of theories they have generated about these topics. This particular course will have a focus on study abroad, concentrating on Costa Rica and its people. Much of the work is done in advance of the trip via online preparation that will help prepare you to think sociologically as you experience the trip.

  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • This is mainly an online course, with 2 pre-trip meetings - TBD

INQR 1000: Fundamentals of Academic Inquiry: Costa Rica
Professor: Dr. Allison Foley

Inquiry 1000 is a one credit hour, small group, discussion-based course designed to engage lower division students in the discovery, exploration and analysis of ideas. Throughout the course, students will discuss how researchers formulate questions to research/explore, discuss ways to collect and analyze data to help answer questions, and convey the result to answer a specific question. In this course, we will focus on individuals and initiatives designed to encourage positive change in various social issues including the environment, animal welfare, poverty, and social justice.

  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • This course will be primarily online, but will meet on the Summerville campus four times prior to departure (one of which will be orientation)

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Proposed Itinerary:

*Itinerary still in development--check back for more information*

April 5, 2019
Depart Augusta via shuttle to Atlanta
Flight from Atlanta to Liberia, Costa Rica
Arrival at UGA Costa Rica with Orientation and Welcome Talk but UGACR staff
Night at UGACR

April 6, 2019
UGA Costa Rica--more details to follow
Night at UGACR

April 7, 2019
UGA Costa Rica-more details to follow
Night at UGACR

April 8, 2019
Group 1: Cow milking and biodigester tour (UGACR Staff). Allow 1 hour.
Guided orientation hike on Camino Real trail (UGACR Staff). Discover the natural history of the area with one of our trained naturalist guides. 
Homestay orientation. UGACR staff. 
Walk to cooking classes with local families. Translated by UGACR staff. Allow ~2.5 hours.
Night hike (UGACR Staff). 
Night at UGACR

April 9, 2019
Group 2: Cow milking and biodigester tour (UGACR Staff). Allow 1 hour.
Walk to Coffee and Sustainable Farm Tour 
Community Service Project. 
Dance workshop 
Night at UGACR

April 10, 2019
Check out of rooms; load bus with luggage that students are not taking to homestays
Ziplining or suspended bridges at Sky Adventures (choose one)
Packed lunches or lunch on own in Santa Elena; free time to explore
Depart Santa Elena for San Luis
Afternoon, dinner, and evening/night at homestay (students)

April 11, 2019
Student pick up at homestay, transfer directly to Playa Samara
Stop for lunch en route (out of pocket)
Afternoon on own
Night at Hotel Villas Playa Samara

April 12, 2019
Morning and afternoon on own
Night at Villas Playa Sámara

April 13, 2019
Load bus before breakfast
Depart for Airport in LIberia, Costa Rica
Arrive back in Atlanta with shuttle return to Augusta

Financial Information:

Program Fee: About $2490 +Tuition and Fees 

Deposit: $200

Final Payment: Remaining balance, TBD

Tuition & Fees: Click here to calculate how much yours will be
What's included? Airfare, lodging, mandatory excursions, travel insurance, some meals
Additional Expenses: Some meals, passport


Payment policies and additional funding information:

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Last Updated: 7/31/18