Study Abroad

Costa Rica

COsta Rica F12

Summer Nature and Environmental Design Program is offered on the UGA Costa Rica campus. This service-learning program combines travel, community development and design exploration in Costa Rica through the eyes of a multi-disciplinary student cohort. The course relies on a community asset based approach to address community development, environmental design and landscape architecture in tropical ecosystems. You will be given the opportunity to plan and design spaces in tropical habitats and work on community design improvement projects within the local San Luis Community, at the UGA Costa Rica campus in the upland cloud forests near Monteverde, and at a coastal resort community.

The program is based at the UGA Costa Rica Campus at the head of the San Luis Valley adjacent to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. The campus is high enough in elevation to offer a temperate climate year-round.

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The Croatia Maymester Study Abroad Program (currently on hiatus) offers students the opportunity to study various aspects of Croatian culture and society. Courses are taught by UGA faculty and use active engagement approaches that will take students into different regions and allow them to interact with scholars from Croatian universities and research institutes, local government officials, leaders of non-governmental organizations, and citizens from different walks of life. CED’s Landscape Architecture course focuses on the role of the cultural and natural heritage in the development of Croatia within a European and international context. Students will examine how Croatia conserves, interprets, and manages its historic towns and monuments, cultural landscapes, traditional crafts and products and other aspects of its tangible and intangible heritage and utilizes them for economic and social development.

Cortona, Italy


Italians spend much of their time outdoors and their cities reflect this. Cortona is a walled hill town with an extremely compact and pleasant living environment, surrounded by views of cultivated valleys, a large lake, mountains, and other natural elements. In addition to the invaluable experience of living in this community, you may visit “text-book cities” such as San Gimignano, Urbino, Lucca, Perugia, and Pienza, where urban form reflects centuries of changing values and attitudes. You will study contemporary urban design with an increased understanding of low-rise, high-density urban areas, multi-use open space, mixed-use developments, and the co-existence of people and vehicles which have been successfully maintained and basically unchanged over many centuries in Italy. Read more about the Cortona study abroad program.

See student photos from the Summer 2014 trip.