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  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Dorm
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Steven Black Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: Anthropology Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
Culture, Communication, and Global Health Challenges: Lessons from Costa Rica
May 18 - June 3, 2020 | 3 Credit Hours
Program Director: Dr. Steven Black | Sparks Hall, Rm. 349B | (404) 413-5168 |
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. 
Welcome to Costa Rica! In collaboration with the Interamerican Center for Global Health (CISG) and under the direction of Dr. Steven Black, this field school examines the internationally-celebrated Costa Rican health care system, focusing on some of the pressing grand challenges in the field of global health: achieving universal health care coverage, environmental degradation, migration, and demographic and epidemiological transitions. The program engages especially with the distinct issues and difficulties experienced by the residents of the Boruca indigenous territory southern Costa Rica.
Following two days on campus classes (May 18-19), students and faculty will travel to Costa Rica, where we will participate in visits to museums and cultural sites in and near the capital city of San José, engage in discussions with experts about their work in health care inside and outside indigenous communities, and visit indigenous territories, local clinics, and activist organizations with community leaders. Much of our time will be spent in Boruca Indigenous Territory at the Kan-Tan Educational Forest Center. This is an ideal program for both undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in medicine, language, public health, and global health.
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. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

May 18-19: Approximately 2 hours of class each day at GSU in downtown Atlanta (schedule TBA)
May 20: Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica
May 21-22: Visit museums and cultural sites in the San Jose area
May 22-25: Visit with ASOMOBI Women’s agricultural collective in Biolley, Costa Rica
May 25-June 2: Stay at Kan-Tan in Boruca Indigenous Territory
June 2: Travel back to San Jose
June 3: Fly back to Atlanta
In San Jose, participants will stay in a comfortable double- or triple-occupancy hotel. In Boruca Indigenous Territory, students will stay in large traditionally-built grass-roofed structures, in an area that is remote and rustic (with running water, toilets, and some of the best food—fresh, local, healthy, impeccably prepared—that you will ever eat). Our time in the Indigenous Territory will involve significant amounts of walking and hiking.
Costa RicaThe program is open to undergraduate/graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Department of Anthropology. 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 the program’s courses will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for ANTH 4830 and graduate students should register for ANTH 8910. 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 $3,682, 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
  • Hotels
  • Meals for the duration of the program in Costa Rica (May 20-June 3), except for meals at the airport
  • All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees in Costa Rica
  • Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • All expenses for May 18-19 while still in Atlanta
  • Passport
  • Travel not associated with the program
  • Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
Payment Schedule
February 1, 2020: $725 deposit due with application
March 15, 2020: $725 payment due
Early April 2020: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early May 2020: $2,232 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester term

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:
  • Possible sun exposure
  • Extended periods of walking/hiking

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.