Located in the Central American isthmus, Costa Rica’s relaxed lifestyle, cultural diversity, democratic government, diverse wildlife and lush vegetation make it one of Latin America’s hidden gems and an ideal destination for study abroad. Even if you have had no previous Spanish language experience, you can study Business, Sustainability, Law and, of course, Spanish. The Spanish spoken in Costa Rica is considered one of the purest and easiest to understand in Latin America. Courses offered in Business, Spanish, Political Science, and Environmental Sciences. Most courses include a Service Learning component providing greater access to the country and its people. There’s something for all interests and majors -- both undergraduates and graduates. Come study ... Come experience Costa Rica!
Academic Focus: This program is designed for all majors, but is particularly suited for Business and Spanish major/minors.
Courses: Students take 6 credits, 1 morning course and 1 afternoon course. Internship students only take 3 credits (see below).
BUAD 2172: Business Ethics
LENB 4504/6505: International Commercial Law
SPAN 3010: Intermediate Grammar
SPAN 4500: Latin-American Culture
LENB 4504/6505, POLS 4415, ENSC 4505: Environmental Policy and Sustainability
LENB 3135: Legal Environment of Business
SPAN 4110: Advanced Grammar & Conversation
SPAN 3020: Intermediate Conversation
MKTG 4505: Internship
BUAD 4505: International Internship
BUAD 6505: International Internship
By special permission of the program directors, internship students are expected to take 3 credits of internship coursework only.
Excursions and Highlights: With course options that include service learning components, you will have the opportunity to interact with locals while preforming meaningful service to the community. Outdoor adventure seekers can enjoy zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and hiking an active volcano. Relax relishing in nearby hot springs, waterfalls and swimming holes.
Life and Culture: Costa Rica was the point where the Mesoamerican and South American native cultures met. The northwest of the country, the Nicoya peninsula, was the southernmost point of Nahuatl cultural influence when the Spanish conquerors (conquistadores) came in the 16th century. As a result of the immigration of Spaniards, their 16th-century Spanish culture and its evolution marked everyday life and culture until today, with Spanish language and the Catholic religion as primary influences. A strong advocate environmental sustainability, Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals.
Accommodations: Students stay in hotels.
Cost: $4,535, plus tuition and some meals.
The program fee includes: International airfare, all housing; excursions, cultural events, insurance, ground transportation and most meals. Not included: Georgia College tuition, student fees, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel and other personal expenses.
A $500 deposit must be paid online or directly to the International Education Center, 141 S. Clarke St. at the time application. This deposit holds a place for eligible applicants to this study abroad program. $250 of this deposit is non-refundable, and the remaining $250 is refundable until January 13. Additional payments of $1345 are due January 13, February 7 and the balance of $1345 by March 7. Only in an exceptional case, e.g., an extremely adverse exchange rate, will the cost of the program be increased beyond what is listed on this application. In the unlikely event the International Education Center finds it necessary to cancel a program before the start date, every attempt will be made to give a full refund. If unforeseen events require the shortening of a program after arrival in-country, the International Education Center will determine an equitable, prorated refund.
Financial Aid/Scholarships: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Georgia College approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Georgia College Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, and more.
Non-Georgia College Students: We gladly accept non-Georgia College students as participants in this program. In addition to applying for this program, non-GC students must have also applied for admission to Georgia College as either a transient student (if currently seeking a degree at another university) or a non-degree seeking student (if already completed a bachelor's degree and seeking continuing education). Please visit our Getting Started section for more information.
Dr. Cynthia Orms, Accounting, 478-445-2414, email@example.com
Dr. Matt Roessing, Accounting, 478-445-2577, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. David de Posada, Spanish, 478-445-4504, email@example.com
Dr. Rebecca Carte, Spanish, 478-445-0949, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarris Lanham, Study Abroad Advisor, 478-445-2368, email@example.com