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  • Locations: Bijagua, Costa Rica; Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica; Dominical, Costa Rica; Guayabo, Costa Rica; Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica; Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica; Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; Utiva, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • 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 6-May 20
Credit Units: 4
Sponsor(s) of Program: College of Arts and Sciences, Geosciences Department
Students interested in speaking with program alumni can browse our Alumni Reference Network. The Alumni Reference Network is password-protected and only accessible to GSU students. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (404) 413-2529 or for the password.

Please click the link for the Plate Tectonics, Biological Diversity and Continent Building in Costa Rica brochure. (coming soon!)
Please click the link for the Program Description for Medical Evaluations for Plate Tectonics, Biological Diversity and Continent Building in Costa Rica.

This is an 18 day in the field, one week in the classroom Maymester study abroad program. This course is designed to experience the diverse flora and fauna of tropical rain forests, the power, and role of plate tectonics and the impacts that it has on our natural environment. The complete learning experience is linked to the evolution and closure of the Central American Isthmus. One GSU faculty, working with Costa Rican guides and professors will lead the students on an educational experience of the various tectonic zones and the geology of an active volcanic arc. Home to 940 bird species, 1500 islands, 480 rivers, 125 unique species of wildlife and 40 conservation areas, more than a third of Costa Rican land is protected, with surrounding off-shore waters with abundant marine life. Vast expanses of wildlife support a biodiversity attributable to Costa Rica’s crossroad location, a land bridge linking North America and South America. The connection of these continental masses via the Central American Isthmus is a product of the unstoppable force of Plate Tectonics. The location of this study abroad experience is crucial. No other area in the world allows for the study of a nascent continental region in intimate relation to two large old continental masses.


Participants will stay in comfortable, double or triple-occupancy hotels for 13 days and will sleep in primitive shelters for 3 days.


Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.


The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing with the university. Preference will be given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA and a demonstrated ability in learning in the field, no prior GIS experience is required. Non-GSU students are also welcomed to enroll in the program as transient students. Additional fees apply.

Prerequisites required: GEOL 1121 Introductory Geosciences I is a prerequisite and GEOL 1122 Introductory Geoscience II is desirable.

Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.


* Participants who successfully complete the program’s (GEOL 4999/GEOL 6999) courses will receive (4) semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for (GEOL 4999) and graduate students should register for (GEOL 6999). Students may choose to enroll credits for Basic or Advanced GIS (GEOG 4532 or 4534)

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


Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $ 2600.00 , PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. 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
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• at least 50% of the meals
• Hotels
* Student Travel Insurance
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Passport
• Optional Excursions
• Additional meals
• Travel Immunizations
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges


January 15, 2018: $750 Deposit with application
February 15, 2018: $1500 First Payment (To the Program Director: first payment is not required, but recommended)
March 15, 2018: $350 Remaining balance

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt

The program is limited. he first students who meet eligibility and secure their deposits will be accepted. The program may fill prior to the application deadline, so please plan to apply as soon as possible. Please contact Basirat Lawal, business manager in the Department of Geosciences, at for questions regarding the payment process for the program.

Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.

Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance: Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.


Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.

Contact Enrollment Services at 404-413-2600 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.


This statement may establish institutional and program application as well as registration and acceptance process for Georgia State and Non-Georgia State participants. It specifically details the application and registration process for Non-Georgia State transient or visiting students. The statement may also contain information on application and payments, including payment installment deadlines, non-refundable dates and information for relevant Georgia State offices and the program director

Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.

Application Deadline: February 9, 2018

International students at Georgia State 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.


Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

May 5 Travel to Liberia Airport (Hotel Guachipelin)
May 6 Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
May 7 Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
May 8 Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
May 9 Poas Volcano
May 10 Poas Volcano
May 11 Poas Volcano
May 12 Chirripo National Park
May 13 Chirripo National Park
May 14 Chirripo National Park
May 15 Chirriipo National Park
May 16 Dominical
May 17 Dominical
May 18 Manuel Antonio National Park
May 19 Manuel Antonio National Park
May 20 Manuel Antonio National Park
May 21 San Jose – Atlanta


Program Director: Paulo J. Hidalgo
Office address: 342 Sparks Hall

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 9th, 2018

Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.

This program is currently not accepting applications.