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  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Minimum GPA: 2.2 for College of Law students, 3.0 for graduate students Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Sponsoring College: College of Law
Credit Type: GSU Credit Credit Level: Graduate Credit
Program Description:
Costa Rica: Global Perspectives on Children & the Law
March 16-23, 2019 | 3 Credit Hours
Program Director Contact Info: Professor Jonathan Todres & Stacie Kershner |

Students interested in applying should click the Apply Now button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application. 

IrazĂș Volcano Crater This spring break study abroad program in Costa Rica will offer law and other graduate students an opportunity to learn about children's rights and explore how children's rights law is implemented in practice. It will focus in particular on the interrelated nature of children's rights. The course will be based primarily in San Jose, but will also include a two-day excursion to explore children's rights issues in rural areas. The course will be run in partnership with the United Nations-mandated University for Peace and its Centre for Executive Education, well known for their expertise in human rights and peace education. The course will have a mixture of classroom time and site visits. Through the site visits, students will meet with representatives from international organizations, governmental agencies, and local non-governmental organizations working to advance children's rights and well-being. The course may also include a service project during one of the site visits to a local community.

Monkey perched in a tree in Costa Rica Students must register for and participate regularly in the Global Perspectives on Children and the Law course, which will include coursework on children's rights and preparation for the study abroad program. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

Site visits include: international organizations, governmental agencies, and local nongovernmental organizations working to advance children's rights and well-being. There will also be a two-day trip outside of San Jose.

The course will meet regularly following the study abroad. This will provide opportunity to debrief, develop research projects, present research, and wrap up the course.


Participants will stay in a comfortable hotel rooms (double or triple occupancy) during the program.
Flag of Costa RicaThis program is open to graduate students in Good Academic Standing, which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 3.0 GPA for graduate students or a 2.2 for law students. Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

  • Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
  • 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.

Students must register for LAW 7652 Global Perspectives on Children and the Law. This course has no prerequisites. Students who successfully complete the course and study abroad program will earn three semester credit hours at Georgia State University. Students will write a brief field reflection at the end of the study abroad program and will write a final paper on a topic related to the study abroad.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2,660, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
  • Hotel accommodations, double or triple occupancy
  • Daily breakfasts & lunches, 4 dinners
  • All ground transportation
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Additional meals
  • Excess baggage charges and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel not associated with the program
Payment Schedule
October 31, 2018: $250 deposit due
November 15, 2018: $1,160 payment due
Early December 2018: Program fee charged to PAWs
Early January 2019: $1,250 Remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for spring semester

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments! Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship and the International Access Scholarship.

Students who:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Are accepted into a program
  • Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline

will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities & financial aid for study abroad.
Map of Costa Rica Students participating in GSU-sponsored programs must complete a Health Clearance upon acceptance to their program. Please print this page to take with you to your appointment. Prior to departure, Study Abroad Programs will enroll students in international insurance for the duration of their study abroad, the cost of which is included in the program fee. The U.S. State Department's website provides important international travel information about health, safety & security.

Students traveling on this program should expect:
  • Sun exposure
  • Medium-long distance walking

Required Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for this program. Please consult the CDC's travel page and discuss any recommended vaccinations with your physician.
Costa Rica by Night Study Abroad Advising

Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website.


Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
International Center
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 413-2529

This program is currently not accepting applications.