Study Abroad


First Year Experience

FYE Study Abroad
Spring Break 2018

March 30 - April 7, 2018

Designed just for First-Year Students

The Costa Rican people have a saying – Pura Vida! - which means living the Pure Life. FYE Costa Rica is a study abroad trip designed especially for freshmen to experience Pura Vida for themselves. Not only do students take core classes, SOCI 1101 and INQR 1000, they also will participate in significant life-changing experiences, such as staying overnight with a local Tican family, planting trees to offset our carbon footprint, zip lining from a mountain so high you can see both the Caribbean and Pacific oceans, learning to dance the merengue, hiking the Montverde Cloud Reserve, eating fruit right from the trees, understanding how important la familia is to the coffee farmers and observing the wildlife which live in the canopies of the forest. The location - UGA Campus - is an Eco lodge that is both beautiful and intelligently designed in its sustainability. We will end our week together enjoying the beach at the beautiful pacific ocean resort, Playa Samara (beach).

Courses Offered:

SOCI 1101:
Introduction to Sociology (3hrs)
Professor: 

Todd Powell-Williams
Email: 
tpwilliams@augusta.edu

INQR 1000:
FYE in Costa Rica (1 hr)
Professor: 

Melissa Powell-Williams
Email: 
mpwilliams@augusta.edu



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First Year Experience

SYE Study Abroad
Spring Break 2018

March 30 - April 8, 2018

Designed just for Second-Year Students

Italia! Home of Roman gods, ancient architecture, Renaissance artists, and incredibly delicious food! Come and travel with us during Spring Break 2017 to Rome, Florence, and Cortona. Learn how olive oil and artisan cheeses are made, and experience the sights and sounds of true Italy. This study abroad experience is designed for sophomore students to experience HUMN 2950 in a rich, historical environment where academics merge with the normal lifestyle of a typical Italian community at the UGA campus in Cortona. Learn about the high price of sin in Dante’s Inferno, then lose yourself in the love sonnets of Petrarch. See Michelangelo’s David then gaze in wonder at his masterpieces that comprise the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Pair your HUMN 2950 course with an INQR 1000 designed to highlight the culinary arts of Italy. Take up to 4 credit hours during Spring Break and rejoice in the fact that you are in the cradle of the Renaissance!

Courses Offered:

HUMN 2950:
Humanities in Italy (3 hrs)

this course can substitute for either HUMN 2001 or 2002
Professor: 
Valerie Cato
Email: 
vcato@augusta.edu

SABR 2930: INQR 1000:
Italy (1 hr)
Professor: 
Giada Biasetti
Email: 
gbiasette@augusta.edu

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Study AbroadDuring Spring Break 2016, FYE created an incredible opportunity for freshmen who needed SOCI 1101 and INQR 1000. It was one of the least expensive Study Abroad experiences available and it was ALL inclusive- every meal, every excursion and all transportation fees!

Costa Rica"We had a LOT of fun visiting the Montverde Cloud Reserve. The activities, such as zip lining, cooking Costa Ricanfood with a local family, and night hikes with wildlife guides kept us all very busy! We had a lot of fun visiting local coffee plantations, a Chocolate maker and a Cheese Factory – the tastings were the best part. The most meaningful thing we did was an overnight homestay with a local family – I wish I could have stayed longer...."

Katie Rogers (2014 participant)

First-year study abroad experiences are becoming more widely accepted as a mechanism to engage students early on in their academic career. Such engagement lends itself to higher retention and progression ratios. We plan to provide this opportunity every year for freshmen who want to get a “taste” of study abroad while fulfilling a core course in one week.

Freshmen who attended last year’s FYE Costa Rica study abroad experience indicated that they would like to continue their global education and wanted the FYE/SYE office to create an experience designed especially for sophomores. SYE Study Abroad in collaboration with HUMN 2950 and INQR 1000 provided sophomores an opportunity to travel early on in their academic career while also progressing toward their degree goals (Core Classes in area B and E).  The Second Year Experience was created to develop and implement programs that promote the retention, progression, and ultimately graduation.  Travel, hotels costs, excursions and almost every meal were included in the overall price of the trip.  Students gained confidence in themselves and their ability to negotiate the world!

There is so much that the architecture, the paintings, the rich sights and sounds of Italy will teach me. I am confident that traveling to Italy to learn about its literary and artistic history and diving into analysis of the intersection of food and its influence on culture will prove to be a truly transcendent academic experience. Studying abroad to Italy enables me to spread my wings as part of an exhilarating exploration of a culture other than my own, as I soar over expanding Italiaintellectual horizons, increasing my appreciation for Italian culture, and forever changing my worldview perspective on what it means to be a citizen of this multifaceted, multicultural, and resplendently beautiful Earth.

Shawn Fang, (2016 Participant)

For more information, visit the Augusta University Study Abroad website. Also, visit the UGA Costa Rica website to check out your lodging, facilities, activities and ALL of the wildlife!