Monday Top 5: UGACR Maymester Programs

As we prepare to send off our Maymester programs in less than a week, we decided now would be a good time to introduce to you our top 5 Maymester programs, as indicated by final enrollment. If you are interested in one of these programs for 2015, you better apply early!

1) Art, Astronomy, & Journalism

What began as just an Art & Astronomy program earlier this year, quickly took on a new audience when Journalism was added into the mix. The student response to the diversity of this program has been positive. Students are taking advantage of pursuing credit for their major while also counting courses like Astronomy toward their Physical Science requirement at UGA. And from what we have seen, there has never been a more excited team of faculty interested in working together to create a holistic approach to study in Costa Rica than the academic quartet of Benjamin Britton (Art), Andy Kavoori (Journalism), Allison Smith (Astronomy), and Julie Spivey (Art).


2) Advanced Spanish, Creative Writing, & Photodocumentary 

We are now entering year four of one of our most popular programs – Advanced Spanish, Creative Writing, & Photodocumentary. Aurora Thorgerson takes the students on a historic journey of the Spanish language through film and more specifically, Latin American cinema. On the other hand, we have a creative writing and photodocumentary component where students creatively capture their experiences abroad. If the 2013 students were capable of work like this, then we can’t wait to see what Spenser Simrill‘s students come up with this year!

3) Tropical Ecology

Before UGA Costa Rica was truly a campus, it was a field research station. That means Tropical Ecology is one of our longest-running programs because ecology research was being done before the program actually existed!  Not only that, but instructor Scott Connelly spent years of his life living in Costa Rica specifically studying this environment. It’s no wonder students keep coming back for this program year after year.

4) Outdoor Recreation & Geology 

For the second year, Outdoor Recreation and Geology have paired up and it seems to be a good fit if enrollment numbers have anything to say about it. In the past, we have seen Outdoor Recreation and Astronomy paired up in Costa Rica which didn’t get quite as much interest as this current duo. It makes sense though, what better way to study the solid features of the area and the processes by which they change than to explore them through recreation? It makes sense to us! Marta Patino-Douce and Jennifer Stewart are up for the adventure of leading this group on an academic adventure through Costa Rica.


5) Nutrition Education in Costa Rica

This is the first year for the Nutrition Education program in Costa Rica and it is making quite a splash for a first-timer, taking the number 5 spot on our list. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with the University of Costa Rica and Calderón Guardia Hospital in San Jose while learning about food, healthcare, and hospitals in Costa Rica with Vanessa da Silva.

Check out our website for a full list of UGACR programs offered throughout the year.


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