Skip NavigationMAIN MENU

Georgian Court welcomes students to the Spring 2021 semester. Please regularly check GCU e-mails and for the most up-to-date information. Download the CampusClear app, which must be completed every day that you are on campus.

Tropical Ecology, Chocolate, & Soccer in Costa Rica


Students will explore several different regions of Costa Rica and become familiar with the culture and biodiversity of this safe and progressive nation.  Biology and other interested students will participate in programs designed to expose them to the biodiversity of this country and explore the conservation measures and efforts to protect the country’s ecological heritage and richness and to make the country a leader in sustainability.  The chocolate program will parallel the biodiversity program much of the time, but will sometimes diverge to learn about the agriculture, economics, and manufacture of cacao/chocolate.

The program will provide the attending sports management students the opportunity to experience soccer, the national past time in Costa Rica, in many facets.  Soccer will be examined from the professional level down through the community level and its importance in Costa Rica‘s culture.  On the agenda for the professional soccer team meetings will be management, marketing, and promotional topics and how they relate or differ from our American professional team.



  • Visit Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Tour national and regional soccer stadiums
  • Hiking
  • Visit Irazu Volcano
  • Immerse in the culture with a host family


For this program abroad students may choose to register for any of the courses listed below.  The program in Costa Rica will connect to the academic content of these courses and provide students with experiential learning. 

  • BI361 Tropical Ecology 
  • BU371 Principles of Sports Management
  • BU373 Sports Marketing
  • PS345 Chocolate! (1 credit Spring 2022 course)

This program is open to ALL students even if they are not registered for one of these courses.


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Louise Wootton is the chair of Biology and Director of Sustainability at Georgian Court University.  Her expertise is in coastal ecology, with a focus on coastal dune communities.  She has traveled to Costa Rica several times as both a student and a faculty leader.

Professor Charles Dailey currently teaches the full segment of Sports Management courses located in the Georgian Court University Business department .  Professor Dailey earned a BA from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from Fordham University.  What enhances his classes is his 20 years of industry experience as Vice President of Marketing for the NJ Nets and NJ Devils.

Dr. Karen Kelly

Dr. Susan Field is the Director of Psychology Scholars Program and a Professor of Psychology.  She was born in Yorkshire, England but has lived in the USA most of her life.  Her research interests include attitudes, particularly prejudice, the effects of gendered language on people’s thought, and pedagogical techniques in higher education.  This will be the fourth time Dr. Field has led a group of students abroad.

Program Costs


Need More Information?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

We use cookies and similar technologies to understand our visitors’ experiences. By continuing to use this website, you agree to this condition of use. For further information please see our privacy policy.