U.S. Department of State Traveler's Checklist for further reference can be found here.
Destination: Costa Rica
Area of Study: Biology
Term to Study Abroad: May-Term 2019. This is the Maymester period between the Spring and Summer semester. This period will not interfere with Spring and Summer course schedules.
Orientation dates with the Study Abroad Office: To register for orientation with the Study Abroad Office, visit the Study Abroad Application Portal. Students attending orientation must have applied for a study abroad program and made their first payment. This is a pre-departure orientation for students who are traveling abroad with the program. Date and Time for Orientation is Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 6:30 - 9:00 PM.
Register for Maymester Orientation
Program Run Dates in May: May 7-16, 2019
Program Type: This is a faculty-led program with a Clayton State faculty member.
Program Fee: $2,860.50
Courses Offered: BIOL 3570 Rainforest Ecology / SCI 1901 Introduction to Rainforest Ecology (non-science majors)
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours per course
Majors: Biology, Non-Science Majors, and Undeclared/Undecided
Join us for this exciting trip to Costa Rica! Students will have the opportunity to experience various topics concerning tropical rain forest ecology, conservation, and sustainable agriculture. Students will travel to various sites around the country encompassing the typical ecological zones of Costa Rica, including additional field work opportunities, excursions into the rainforest's, animal and bird spotting, lectures from experts and many other activities — all while earning upper and/or lower level biology credit!
What is included: Includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta, all transportation while in Costa Rica, all lodging, most meals, and all taxes/fees. Student Program fees also include faculty travel costs. Emergency medical insurance with CISI (learn more here). Tuition is separate from the study abroad costs and other associated fees. To learn more about tuition costs and fees, visit the Bursar's tuition page here to learn more.
What is not included: Clayton State tuition, Passport/Visa fees*, and some meals on travel days, Healthcare Clearance Form physician and medical fees*, travel insurance (learn more about travel insurance here).
Estimated Costs: Note that your program fees and tuition are separate costs. Program fees are the fees that pay for what is included in the program costs. Prepare for spending money and for additional meals. Speak to your Program Director for more details.
Learn more about this program by visiting our YouTube playlist to hear what previous participants had to say about studying abroad. Visit the website here.
Apply for Biology in Costa Rica
To login to the Study Abroad Application Portal, use your Clayton State SWAN username and password.
How to Apply Video
Documents Required for the Study Abroad Program: These documents will be processed in the online Study Abroad Application Portal.
1. Costa Rica Application Contract
a. The student will complete their application document(s). The document(s) must be completed in order to make your first payment. See steps below.
b. Due by or before the first payment deadline Monday, January 28, 2019.
c. The Program Director will approve the student’s application material clearing the student for the study abroad program.
d. Once the student has been approved by the Program Director, the students will receive the Bursar Payment Form. Print this document and take it to the Bursar Office to make your first payment in person. After making your first payment in person, students may follow the online payment instructions for the Bursar Office. The online payment instructions are listed in the Study Abroad Application Portal.
e. Keep a copy for your records!
2. Health Clearance Form
Health Clearance Form
Health Clearance Form Video
a. Instructions are found on the Health Clearance Form. There are separate procedures for visiting the University Health Services (UHS) or seeing a personal healthcare professional/physician.
b. Document due by or before Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
c. Keep a copy for your records!
3. Copy of Passport Photo Page
Submit Your Passport
a. Submit a Color Copy of your Passport Photo Page.
b. Due by or before Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
c. To learn more about how to obtain a Passport or renew your Passport, please visit our webpage here. The Study Abroad Office has provided the necessary steps and links for the Passport process.
d. You can also find more information in the Student Program Guide.
4. Costa Rica Student Program Guide
a. Further information about your program are outlined in the Costa Rica Student Program Guide in the link above.
Total Cost of Program: $2,860.50
First Payment & Deposit: Monday, January 28, 2019, of $1,271.00
*Reserve your spot on the program by making your first payment.
Second Payment: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, of $1,271.00
*After your second payment is received, you will be enrolled in the academic course. Don’t forget this does NOT include TUITION.
Final Payment: Monday, March 25, 2019, of $318.50
*Pay close attention to the Add/Drop period for the Summer Semester and the programs withdrawal deadlines. Tuition payments will be due in late April (see Academic Calendar).
Payments need to be made to the Bursar Office.
Payments: In order to reserve your spot on the program, begin making the necessary payments. Students must make their program payments in full and have paid for tuition in order to remain in the study abroad program. Once students have made their second program payment, the Program Director will enroll the student in the study abroad course.
Non-Credit Seeking Students, Alumni, Spouses, and Children are restricted from attending a study abroad program at Clayton State University, which is in accordance to the University System of Georgia (USG) regulations. Only credit seeking Clayton State students are eligible to attend a study abroad program.
STUDENTS MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE REQUIRED HEALTH CLEARENCE FORM HAS BEEN APPROVED & CLEARED. IF YOUR HEALTH CLEARENCE HAS BEEN DENIED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE WITHDRAWAL DATES. Students must complete the Health Clearance Form before Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in order to receive a full refund, excluding the non-refundable deposit of $250.00. Remember, this form must be mailed by your physician or University Health Services (UHS) to the Clayton States’ Office of International Programs. The Health Clearance Form is mandated by the university for all students attending a study abroad program. Students must be cleared to travel.
*If a student has any disability concerns for studying abroad, please review our ‘Disability Resource’ page for more information here or visit the Disability Resource Center on campus.
• Withdrawal on or before Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Complete refund excluding the non-refundable deposit of $250.00.
• Withdrawal after Tuesday, February 26, 2019: Costs for airfare, rail, admissions, and hotel(s) (including any cancellation penalties or charges imposed by the airline, hotel, or other prepaid expenses) and all administrative fees incurred are forfeited: the remainder will be refunded, excluding the non-refundable deposit of $250.00.
• Withdrawal on or after Monday, March 25, 2019: All costs are forfeited; no refunds.
Refund & Withdrawal Form
Add/Drop/Withdrawal Periods from the Course: Students who are considering dropping the course need to refer to the Academic Calendar for the current semester to review add/drop dates, withdrawal dates, etc. to make sure these dates do not affect your withdrawal process from the study abroad program. If you have questions or concerns, speak with your Academic Adviser and Program Director. The Academic Calendar can be located here.
Scholarships: Concerned about paying for study abroad? Did you know that the Study Abroad Office offers the STARS Scholarship for study abroad students at Clayton State? Learn more by visiting the website here. Also checkout the many study abroad scholarships available for students at our Financial Aid and Scholarship webpage here!
Learn more about Passports & Visas on our webpage here.
Have more questions about study abroad? Checkout our Frequently Asked Question’s (FAQ) webpage here to learn more.
Program Director Contact Info:
Name: Dr. Paul Melvin, Associate Professor of Biology
Office: Lakeview Discovery and Science Center (LDS) 135C
Study Abroad Advisor Contact Info:
Name: Sasha Cokuslu
Phone: 678-466-4092 or 678-466-4090
Office: James M. Baker University Center (Main Street) Suite 204