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Georgian Court welcomes students for Fall 2020 classes–read highlights of our plans and download the app, which must be completed daily before coming to campus. Always check GCU e-mails and for the most up-to-date information.

Soccer, Sloths, & Sustainability 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 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 one of the 3 credit fall courses listed.  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

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

Program Costs


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