Costa Rica: First Year Experience

Important Dates:


EXTENDED Deposit Deadline: December 12, 2017 
Scholarship Deadline: December 12, 2017
Payment #1 Deadline: January 5, 2018 
Payment #2 Deadline: January 31, 2018 
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Spring Semester 2018

Courses Offered:

Students are strongly encouraged to take both courses; exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

SOCI 1101: Introduction to Sociology: Costa Rica
Professor: Todd Powell-Williams

Sociology explores ways social scientists explain human behavior at the micro, group, organizational, and global levels. The discipline does so by analyzing how social structures impact the individual experience. This course will focus on the comprehension and application of four primary sociological concepts with an emphasis on Costa Rican culture. These concepts include: primary sociological paradigms, social stratification, gender relations and race relations.

*There are no prerequisites for this course

*This is mainly an online course, with 2 pre-trip meetings - TBD*

INQR 1000: Fundamentals of Academic Inquiry: Costa Rica
Professor: Melissa Powell-Williams

Inquiry 1000 is a one credit hour, small group, discussion-based course designed to engage lower division students in the discovery, exploration and analysis of ideas. Throughout the course, students will discuss how researchers formulate questions to research/explore, discuss ways to collect and analyze data to help answer questions, and convey the result to answer a specific question. In this course, we will focus on individuals and initiatives designed to encourage positive change in various social issues including the environment, animal welfare, poverty, and social justice.

*There are no prerequisites for this course

*This course will meet weekly on Fridays during the spring semester*

Find your major/minor's course requirements


Proposed Itinerary:

*subject to change*

March 30, 2018
Arrives to Airport SJO
Meals on own
Night at Hotel Bougainvillea

March 31, 2018 (B,L)
Tour at University of Peace. 
Ranch Tour at Toucan Rescue Ranch. 
Night at Hotel Bougainvillea

April 1, 2018 (B, L, D)
Check out of Hotel Bougainvillea & transfer to Volcano Poas 
Visit Volcano Poas OR Volcano Irazu. 
Transfer to UGA Costa Rica, stopping for lunch on way.
Arrive & check in at UGACR
Orientation & Welcome Talk. UGACR staff. 
Night at UGA Costa Rica.

April 2, 2018 (B, L, D)
Group 1: Cow milking and biodigester tour (UGACR Staff). Allow 1 hour.
Guided orientation hike on Camino Real trail (UGACR Staff). Discover the natural history of the area with one of our trained naturalist guides. 
Homestay orientation. UGACR staff. 
Walk to cooking classes with local families. Translated by UGACR staff. Allow ~2.5 hours.
Night hike (UGACR Staff). 
Night at UGACR

April 3, 2018 (B,L,D)
Group 2: Cow milking and biodigester tour (UGACR Staff). Allow 1 hour.
Walk to Coffee and Sustainable Farm Tour 
Community Service Project. 
Dance workshop 
Night at UGACR

April 4, 2018 (B,L,D)
Check out of rooms; load bus with luggage that students are not taking to homestays
Ziplining or suspended bridges at Sky Adventures (choose one)
Packed lunches or lunch on own in Santa Elena; free time to explore
Depart Santa Elena for San Luis
Afternoon, dinner, and evening/night at homestay (students)

April 5, 2018 (B,D)
Student pick up at homestay, transfer directly to Playa Samara
Stop for lunch en route (out of pocket)
Afternoon on own
Night at Hotel Villas Playa Samara

April 6, 2018 (B,L,D)
Morning and afternoon on own
Night at Villas Playa Sámara

April 7, 2018 (B)
Load bus before breakfast
Depart for Airport LIR

Financial Information:

Program Fee: $2250 

Deposit: $200

Payment 1: $1000

Payment 2: $1050

Tuition & Fees: Click here to calculate how much yours will be
What's included? Airfare, lodging, mandatory excursions, travel insurance, some meals
Additional Expenses: Some meals, passport


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Last Updated: 1/9/18