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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Restrictions: GSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Dates of Program: May 5-18, 2018
Credit Units: 3/4

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Costa Rica: Biodiversity and Sustainability Study Abroad Program is a two-week, hybrid online program in May that offers students two courses (English 1102 and Biology 1104 with lab) in a safe, affordable, immersive experience in Latin America. Students will visit two important biological sites in San Gerardo de Rivas (Talamanca Reserve) and in Quepos (Parque de Manuel Antonio), designed to introduce them to central concepts of biodiversiy and sustainability. Students will also participate in a language exchange project with Costa Rican college students studying English at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in San Isidro. The study abroad students will be exposed to a third world country and learn about the natural and human environment in a globalized sense. Costa Rica offers these opportunities in a central and authentic location, providing cultural experiences related to both courses in Biology and English. Field trips will included hiking excursions, visit to a coffee plantation, and at least one excursion to a tropical beach. We will return before the summer semester starts and finish up the coursework online and on-campus. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not required for participants. 

Students will share accommodations in the following locations: San Jose, San Isidro, San Gerardo de Rivas, Manuel Antonio. All hotels will have comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and breakfast will be included in the hotel stays. Rooms will be shared double or triple occupancy. Some of the hotels will be the Wyndham Hotel and Convention Center in San Jose and the Talamanca Reserve in San Gerardo de Rivas.

Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
  • May 5: Depart for San Jose
  • May 5-6: San Jose excursion to Poas Volcano, coffee farm
  • May 7-11: San Isidro de General
  • May 12-13: Talamanca Reserve, San Gerardo de Rivas
  • May 14-16: Dominical, Quepos, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
  • May 17: San Jose
  • May 18: Depart for Atlanta

In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students.  Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Please note: in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course(s) in GoSOLAR 
Two courses will be offered in this Costa Rican Study Abroad trip: English Composition II (ENGL 1102) for three-credit hours, and Principles of Biology (BIOL 1104) and Lab (Biology 1104L) for four-credit hours. 

Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.

The program cost is tentatively set at $1775.00 in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.  Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• Ground transportation
• Excursions and entrance fees
• Breakfast and Lunch (except for the day of travel leaving Atlanta)
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Public transportation and dinner
• Passport expenses
• Personal expenses
• Excess baggage charges

February 28, 2018: $250 Deposit Due with application
March 8, 2018: $775 First Payment Due
April 6, 2018: $750 Remaining balance (charged to Panther Pay)
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' above.
Transient Students: please see our How to Apply section under the Prospective Students tab. 

International Students: Georgia State students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Program Director: Barbara Hall
Office address: Georgia State University/Perimeter College at Clarkston Campus A-1115
Telephone: 678-891-3542


This program is currently not accepting applications.