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  • Locations: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Matthew S. Grober, Dr. Edmund Rodgers Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: Biology Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
Cichlid Behavioral Ecology: Parental Behavior in the Lakes and Streams of Costa Rica
March 16 - 23, 2019 | 3 Credit Hours
Program Director Contact Info: Dr.Edmund Rodgers |
Dr. Matthew Grober |

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 will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application. 

Costa Rica The spring study abroad program in Costa Rica teaches students the fundamentals of behavioral ecology. We focus on linking behavior observed in the lab (at GSU) with that of the animals within its natural habitat (16 -23 March; Liberia, Costa Rica). Two faculty will guide students through a training period in Atlanta and subsequently aid them in the observation of that same species in Costa Rican streams. This allows for comparisons between captive and wild behavior, and provides direct insights into the evolution of behavior. Animal behavior is often taught in the absence of natural context, but that context provides critical insights into fishes and humans). Students will collect data in both the lab and field and then make statistical comparisons between the two conditions. The end result is for the students to present the results of their work at a GSU STEM poster session. Field based learning opportunities represent best practices associated with active learning, real world applications, and facilitate an increased appreciation and understanding of the natural world outside of Atlanta / the USA, which is instrumental to developing scientifically and socially literate citizens.

Costa Rica There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There will also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing.

March 16 - 20: Field work in and around Lomas du Barbudal
March 21-22: Plya Hermosa
March 22: Back to Atlanta


Participants will stay in comfortable double occupancy hotels near the field sites/ nature preserve.
Costa RicaThe program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University. 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.

Participants who successfully complete Bio 4930/6930 courses will receive 3.0 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for (Bio 4930) and graduate students should register for (Bio 6930). 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 $2500, 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:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
  • Some meals
  • Selected city orientations
  • Group cultural events
  • International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Additional meals
  • Excess baggage charges and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel not associated with the program
  • Public transportation in Liberia
Payment Schedule
Due with application: $200
Early January: $2300 remaining balance

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.
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:
  • Outdoor activities

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 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.