Office of International Programs

Hendrix-in-Costa Rica

Hendrix-in-Costa Rica will not be offered in Summer 2021, but it will be offered again in Summer 2022.

Costa Rica '15

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

cr5 The 6-week summer Costa Rica program is led by Hendrix professors and offered every other summer.  Students experience the natural splendor and are exposed to the exciting culture of Costa Rica, which is a stable, safe, and democratic country located in Central America.

The goal of this program is to provide students an academically vigorous study opportunity in a Latin American country.  

SUMMER 2019 

Each student will take two of the following three courses:: 

PHYS 100 (NS): Astronomy Under Costa Rican Skies 

Description:  This course offers students the opportunity to study the structure and evolution of the universe under the skies of Costa Rica. The latitude of Costa Rica offers observers a chance to see stars and galaxies not visible from most sites in the northern hemisphere. Showpieces of the southern sky include the Southern Cross, Eta Carinae Nebula, Omega Centauri, 47 Tucanae, and the Magellanic Clouds. Emphasis will be on students making their own observations and learning how humans derive understanding from those observations.  

Tinsley, Todd

Instructor: Dr. Todd Tinsley 

SPAN 390 (Spanish) or LITR 390 (English) Literature and the Jungle:

Instructor: Dr. Lilian Contreras- Silva

A course focusing on short literary works from Latin America that talk of the interaction between humans and their natural environment. Texts from important authors, ranging from historical texts to short stories to poetry, will be studied to discern how people have adapted to living in tropical climates like Costa Rica.

For students taking SPAN 390 (Taught in Spanish) , there is a prerequisite of SPAN 210 or 220 or the consent of the instructor. This course will count towards the Spanish major and minor. 

For students taking LITR 390 (Taught in English), there are no prerequisites, and the class will not count towards a Spanish major or minor.


Instructor: Dr. Lilian Contreras Silva


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 2019 program is $3,000, which includes the cost of airfare. Program charges include meals and lodging in Costa Rica, health and 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. 

Costa Rica, 2015

Academic Calendar

Dates for 2019 Summer Semester:

June 2-July 14, 2019


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