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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Areas of Study: Biology Minimum Credit Hours: 24 collegiate credit hours
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
GGC in Costa Rica

Tropical Biology - Costa Rica
San José and Liberia
Sloth hanging from tree

About the Program

This study abroad course explores the people, history, culture and geography of Costa Rica.  Students will have an opportunity to explore the national parks and the rainforest, dive into the Pacific Ocean, fly through the air on zip-lines, and have a chance to see the monkeys, birds, reptiles, volcanoes, and huge rainforest plants.



This program will take place in San José, Tortuguero, Sarapiquí, Arenal, Guanacaste and Liberia, Costa Rica. Itinerary may include visits to:
  • Interacting with monkeys, birds, amphibians and reptiles
  • Visits to numerous different ecosystems
    (Cloud Forest, Savannah, rainforest, Volcano, Ocean)
  • Night hikes through the tropical rainforest
  • Bird watching and participation in a class bird survey
  • Banana Plantation
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Wildlife viewing from canal boats
  • Zip-Line and canopy tour
  • Arenal volcano and Waterfal
  • Kayaking along Lake Arenal
  • Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • White-water rafting (optional)

Course Information

The course offered in this program is BIOL 3050 - Tropical Biology (3 credits)

Dates & Duration

This program goes for one week during the summer.
Start date: May 12th End Date: May 20th


*The itinerary is tentative and subject to change!
Departure from Atlanta to San Jose. Interact with Costa Rican culture, visit areas in capital

Visit Braulio Carrillio; visit a Banana Plantation; wildlife viewing; travel by boat to Tortuguero National Park.
Tortuguero National Park - view Howler monkeys, birds, reptiles, and plants while exploring the park by boat.
 Sarapiqui; Cloud Forrest Ecosystem (Rainforest in the clouds). Zip-Lines and Canopy Tour (optional).
White-Water rafting (optional), Arenal Volcano – visit the hot springs heated by the volcano.

Arenal Region – swim in the La Fortuna Water Fall; kayaking along Lake Arenal.
Visit at Rincon de la Vieja National Park - large diverse rainforest with diverse animals and plants. Geothermal structures – bubbling mud pits, fumaroles.
Snorkeling the Pacific Ocean. Boat ride through Palo Verde National Park; boat tour.
Departure from Liberia, CR to Atlanta.

Cost & Payment

Program cost: $2525 to EF Tours, $30 Application Fee in GGC Education Abroad Portal*
*Students who sign-up BEFORE September 30th will receive a $200 discount.

What's included?
  • Airfare
  • Room and board
  • Ground transportation
  • Excursions
  • International Health Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Airport fees
What's NOT included?
  • GGC tuition and fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses (shopping, personal trips, etc.)
  • Unexpected incidents

Refund policy: applicants are eligible to receive a 100% refund up to February 1st. After February 1st all payments will be forfeited
GGC tuition and fees are NOT included. Those must be paid before departure and must meet GGC deadlines for tuition and fee payments. 
Students must adhere to payment and withdrawal deadlines for tuition, fees and travel costs.
If it is necessary to cancel the program before the start date, a full refund will be granted.


Toucan in the woods


The deadline to apply for this program is February 15th, 2018.

*Please make note of payment deadlines and refund schedule once payments are made.
**Tuition not included!



For more information, please contact the program director, Dr. Schlueter, or the Office of Internationalization.
  • Program Director: Dr. Mark Schlueter - (678) 524-2571 -
  • Asst Dir. for Education Abroad: Ms. Cele Blair - (678) 407-5597 -

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.