Hendrix-in-Costa Rica

A memorable and unique learning experience in a Latin American environment.

cr5  Led by Hendrix professors, students are able to experience the natural splendor and exciting culture of Costa Rica; a stable, safe, and democratic country located in Central America.


Each student will take two of the following three courses:

    Neotropical Bioloy - BIOL 106 (NS-L)
 An introduction to the diversity, structure, function, and history of tropical ecosystems.  Students who take this course cannot also receive credit for BIOL 102 Natural History

   Peoples and Cultures of Latin Americat - ANTH 235 (CW, SB)
An overview of culture and social life in Latin America with some historical context.  Topics to be examined include the legacy of European colonialism, indigenous cultures, and the influence of the contemporary global economy and transnational migration.  Both ethnographic representations and hands-on research will be used to learn about this diverse and fascinating region. 

     Topics in Public Policy- POLI 365-A (SB, CW)
In both the developed and developing world, the establishment of conservation and protected areas—often defined as public parks, forests, reserves and preserves—has been justified as a win-win: protected status leads to sustainable use of resources and economic development opportunities for indigenous and local peoples. But in many cases, the promise has yet to be realized. This course takes a comparative approach to examining the difficulties in creating win-win public lands, focusing on the US and Costa Rica. Students will directly engage challenges and problems to balancing national and local interests; biodiversity and economic development; indigenous rights vs. national elites; and the demands of the international community and self-determination.

cr3Courses are taught in English.  Spanish courses are also available.


As these are Hendrix courses, grades will appear on the student’s transcript and DO figure into the cumulative GPA.  Students can also receive Global Awareness (GA) Odyssey credit. 


The estimated cost for the 2014 program is between $5,000-$6,000, plus the cost of airfare. Program charges include, all travel in and out of the country, all meals and lodging in Costa Rica, health & travel insurance, and field trips to national parks and places of cultural interest. 

Financial Aid

cr1Federal aid may apply. Students are encouraged to verify their situation through the Hendrix Financial Aid Office.


You will be housed with other students and faculty at the Ecolodge San Luis (owned and operated by the University of Georgia) in the heart of the beautiful Tilarán mountain range, minutes from the cloud forest and a few hours from the beach.  The cabins are relatively new, and include bunk-style rooms with indoor bathrooms and hot showers.  The average temperature is 70° F.

The Ecolodge has a full-serve kitchen, where local women and men prepare three hearty meals a day, much of which comes from locally grown food.  The meals are vegetarian and vegan friendly. 

The closest town, Santa Elena, is 20 minutes away, and has grocery stores, restaurants, and a pharmacy. 

Academic Calendar

Tentative dates for the 2013 Summer Semester in Costa Rica are June 1- July 12.   

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