The Costa Rica Study Abroad Program has a long tradition at EGSC; the first program was implemented in May/June of 2010, and each year students have continued to be inspired and mesmerized by the rural beauty of San Luis, the tropical locale of Puntarenas, and the urbanization found in San José, Costa Rica.
Students begin their study abroad experience before leaving the country. For instance, students start their courses and attend classes either in person or online (depending on the instructor) a week or two before their departure. Student then continue their course work as they travel to San Luis, Costa Rica and stay at the UGA EcoLodge (which is owned by the University System of Georgia). Students attend workshops, visit local businesses, participate in ecological and adventure tourism, and have classes while at the UGA EcoLodge campus. Students then travel to other cities in Costa Rica in order to gain a different perspective on the people, the geographical region, and the economy. Students visit national parks, museums, markets, and religious cathedrals in order to gain an insight into the cultural heritage of Costa Rica. Students continue with their course work throughout their stay and upon their return, they will finish out the semester. Thus, students will have course work before the study abroad program dates, during the program itself, and after their study abroad experience ends in order to account for a summer semester.
We will begin classes on campus at the start of the Maymester, and then travel to Costa Rica as we continue classes.
University of Georgia Ecolodge in San Luis, Costa Rica
Spanish, World Literature, Digital Photography, Smart Phone Photography [Note: The maximum number of credit hours a student can take during Maymester is 3 hours for the Study Abroad Costa Rica Program].
The program cost is $1500 dollars. This price includes meals, lodging, plane tickets, and some program activity fees (i.e. tours, site visits, and excursions). The fee, however, does not include the price of tuition, books/course materials, nor the cost of a passport.
Please make checks payable to East Georgia State College Study Abroad Costa Rica Program.
First Payment Deadline
The first payment for the program will be due by April in order to purchase airline tickets. Please contact Dr. Carmine Palumbo if you have any questions regarding payment amounts and/or deadlines.
Students who are interested in participating with the program, but do not currently have a passport will need to apply for an expedited passport, so that the passport will arrive in time for purchasing international airline tickets. If you do not have a passport, please make sure that you visit the following U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs website on how to apply for a passport.