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) and 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 biodiversity 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 small developing nation that is known worldwide as a leader in sustainability and conservation. 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 include 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.
A few class sessions may be held prior to departure, where students will compelte some coursework and receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. At least one class session may be held upon returning to Atlanta. Please note: This is a tentative itinerary. Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 10 – Depart from Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica
May 11 - 12 – San Jose, with excursions to coffee farm and wildlife rescue center
May 13 - 17 – Cultural activities and classes at Universidad Nacional in San Isidro de General, with excursion to local nature preserve.
May 18 - 19 – Wildlife viewing and hiking at Talamanca Reserve, San Gerardo de Rivas
May 20 - 22 – visit to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio in Quepos
May 22 – Return to San Jose
May 23 – Departure back to Atlanta
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.
Any student of the University System of Georgia in Good Academic Standing (2.0 GPA)
is eligible to apply. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Preference will be for students of Perimeter College in first or second year undergraduate status.
- 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.
Two courses will be offered in this Costa Rican Study Abroad program: 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.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $1,865, 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 or triple occupancy
- All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- Selected city orientations
- Breakfast & lunch (except for departure day)
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage fees and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
February 15, 2019: $250
March 15, 2019: $615
Early April: Program cost chareged to student account
Early May 2019:: $1,000 remaining balance due along with tuition and fees
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 availble in time to use for your inital payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requriements
- 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
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 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
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303