The Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program is ideal for students studying Spanish, Latin America, and International Affairs. Students will select 3 courses from a wide variety of offerings, receiving 9 credit hours over this 7-week program. Additionally, all courses apply directly toward the University of Georgia’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) major and certificate program. The program is designed as a cultural immersion experience, which will include up to 4 weeks of homestays with local families in the San Luis Valley, as well as a variety of Costa Rican guest lecturers and academics who will address the current climate of Central American politics and society.
Program participants will be based primarily at the UGA Costa Rica campus in San Luis de Monteverde. However, the program will also explore other regions of Costa Rica on a variety of field excursions, each designed to enhance the course material and overall study abroad experience. During the first week, students will travel to campus and visit the world famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. After the second full week in-country, the group moves to the capital city of San José, where you will lodge at the Hotel Don Carlos and experience many of the city’s attractions, including visits to the National Museum of Costa Rica and National Theatre, lectures from the University of Costa Rica faculty, and great meals at the city’s most popular restaurants. This part of the program will also include an exciting all-day whitewater-rafting trip on the Rio Pacuare!
Following San José, the group will stop for a few days at Arenal Volcano on the way back up to campus, where the students will enjoy the natural hot springs and a horseback riding tour around the base of the volcano. The group will then return to campus, where the students will continue their homestay experience with local families around the San Luis Valley. The summer will wind up on the Pacific Coast in the sleepy town of Manuel Antonio, which will include a visit to its pristine national park.