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COLS Study Abroad Programs



  • English, History


  • Spanish


  • English, Biology, Political Science, M.P.A


  • Biology


  • Biology

Costa Rica

  • Biology

Georgia in Ireland

Live and study for five weeks in Ireland's oldest city! See the cultural, artistic, and historical treasures which have made Ireland a destination for generations! Waterford, once a walled settlement of Viking origins, retains much of its medieval character together with graceful cathedrals and townhouses from its 18th century expansion. The program fee includes two program trips to Dublin, a three-day stay in Kilarney, Co. Kerry in the rugged West of Ireland, and eight day trips across the gorgeous mountains and valleys of southeastern Ireland to take in some of Europe's most outstanding castles, stately homes, gardens, ecclesiastical sites, and prehistoric monuments.

Dates: June 18 to July 23, 2015

Cost: $4900

The package cost of $4900 for the five week program includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare between Atlanta and Ireland
  • Accommodations at the Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Free, three day weekends
  • 35 meals
  • Hotel-based weekend in Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Two trips to Dublin
  • 8 day trips across South East Ireland
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

Courses Available by CSU Faculty:
  • World Literature II - Professor Nick Norwood
  • The Irish Struggle for Independence - Professor Gary Sprayberry
  • The United States Since 1865: The Irish in America - Professor Gary Sprayberry
Other courses are taught by faculty from other University System of Georgia schools and are available to all program participants.

CSU in Mexico

This total immersion program during the summer will broaden linguistic and cultural competence by enhancing student's understanding of the Spanish language within the Mexican culture. Students will take Spanish courses at the Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Studies and live with host families Cuernavaca, Mexico. Some of the host families live in downtown apartments; others live in the suburbs. Some are childless couples; others have several children. All are willing to welcome you into their homes and share with you the warmth of Mexican home life.

Cuernavaca lies in a pleasant valley about 60 miles south of México City, the culturally exciting Mexican capital. San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca, Cuetzalan, and Taxco are also within easy reach of Cuernavaca. With a permanent population of about 250,000, Cuernavaca is a university town and one of the Western Hemisphere's favorite vacation spots. Because of its year-round temperate climate and its lush and beautiful flora, Cuernavaca is known as the "City of Eternal Spring." The city's general atmosphere tends to be that of a big town. Life is relaxed and easy, yet the main square— or zócalo—surrounded by sidewalk cafés, movie theaters, bookstores, outdoor markets, and performances by mariachis, is always alive.

Dates: June 5 to July 4, 2015

Cost: $3544

The package cost of $3544 includes:

  • Round-trip airfare with flexible return dates
  • Course fees
  • Room and board with a host family to include three meals a day
  • Transportation to destinations during overnight excursions and lodging during overnight excursions

This package cost does not include CSU tuition, the mandatory health insurance policy, personal expenses, local and afternoon excursion transportation, and meals outside of the host home. It is suggested that students bring $350 to cover local and afternoon transportation and meals.


Courses offered:

Students earn 9 credit hours in Spanish language and civilization. Placement and previous course work will determine each student's level. Classes meet six hours daily M-F, 8AM to 2PM. 

Optional courses are also available in evenings, including roundtable discussion on current issues, Mexican literature & folklore. Cooking and folk dancing classes available for an additional fee. Courses are taught by the Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Studies/Uninter faculty. An academic and cultural orientation is provided by CSU.

CSU in Oxford, England

Spend almost three weeks in Oxford, staying at the Spencer House near Oxford's city center. Oxford offers many wonderful museums, historic sites, and colleges, and is also centrally located to allow easy travel to nearby locations such as London, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Liverpool, and other parts of Europe.

Participating CSU faculty have had previous experience teaching in study abroad programs or have lived, studied or taught in Oxford before. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty members for the course they are interested in to learn more about the program. Students may enroll in either session or stay longer by enrolling in more than one session. Class will meet during the week and will require some field trips. Three-day weekends will be reserved for optional excursions and independent travel.


  • Session I: June 23 to July 9, 2015
  • Session II: July 9 to July 25, 2015
  • Session III: July 25 to August 10, 2015

Cost: $3998

This package cost includes:

  • Round-trip airfare with flexible dates for return flight
  • Transport to/from London airport to Oxford
  • Travel to/from London for 2 course field trips
  • Special guest lectures
  • Four-day Brit Rail Flex pass
  • Oxford city bus pass
  • Accommodations in CSU's Spencer House
  • Insurance

This cost does not include CSU course tuition, meals, additional field trip costs, personal expenses, etc.

statueSession I: Dr. Shannon Godlove


  • ENGL 3135, Medieval Literature in Britain
  • ENGL 5545, Advanced Topics in Literature, Writing, and Theory

This course will focus on literary representations of medieval society from the Anglo-Saxon period through the fifteenth century. Students will explore the major authors, texts, and genres of Medieval literature, such as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the Old English Poem The Wanderer, while exploring this question together: How did medieval people understand and write about themselves and their place in the world? Excursions may include visits to the Tower of London, Bodleian Library, city of Canterbury and more.

Session II: Dr. Kevin Burgessmuseum


BIOL 1225K, Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab
BIOL 5535, Selected Topics in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology
BIOL 6517, Advanced Selected Topics in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology

This course reviews the history of evolution and Charles Darwin's contribution to this field of inquiry. In particular, the course reviews the social, philosophical, and theological issues associated with the development of Darwin's Origin of Species which is also explored as a product of the man and his age. Excursions may include visits to Darwin's home, Cambridge University, Natural History Museum in London, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Society, the Linnean Society, and various museums & colleges in Oxford.

citySession III: Dr. Fred Gordon


  • POLS 2555, Selected Topics in Politics
  • POLS 3555, Selected Topics In Political Science
  • MPAG 7899, Independent Study in Public Administration

Oxford, England is considered to be one of the greenest cities in England, which entails proactive methods to recycle and curb pollution with voluntary participation from the local community & businesses. Students will explore how self regulation and public governance can transform a society from simply managing democracy to engaging in a full participatory democracy that practices sustainability. Field trips may include viewing the Magna Carta in Salisbury, Oxford City Council, and additional sites in London.

CSU in Tanzania

Discover the natural environment and ecology of Tanzania in eastern Africa in this two week program. Students will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to conduct ecology research projects on site in Tanzania, and to analyze and present their research at CSU. This program is open to all majors.

The Serengeti in Tanzania is the route of the great migration of nomadic herbivores on their way to Kenya. Students will visit a native Maasai village and Olduvai Gorge, called the cradle of mankind, before dropping into the Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano and part of the geologically active rift valley. Afterwards, students will visit Lake Manyara Park which is home to many colorful birds, elephants, zebras, giraffe, hippos, and other animals. A visit to Mto wa Mbu will add cultural exposure to traditional farming practices and medicinal plant use. Experiencing the flora, fauna and people of east Africa will give students a better understanding of the constant effort and sacrifice that is required to maintain an intact ecosystem.


Dates: Maymester 2015 with dates to be confirmed.

Cost: $5100 (may be reduced)

This package cost includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Most meals
  • Accommodations
  • Course excursions
  • Guided trips
  • Insurance

This cost does not include CSU tuition, 1-2 additional meals, personal spending money, etc. An estimated $40 minimum in spending money is suggested.



Courses Offered:

BIOL 1225K/H, Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab
BIOL 5535U, Selected Topics in Biology, Undergraduate
BIOL 5535G or BIOL 6517 Selected Topics in Biology, Graduate

CSU in the Bahamas

Students will spend their Spring Break exploring the flora, fauna and biodiversity of Andros Island in The Bahamas. Andros Island is the largest island of the Bahamas, and its diversity allows participants to visit a variety of subtropical habitats, including cays, coppice, pinelands, savanna and swash. Students will conduct ecology projects on topics such as inverebrates, plant communities, fish communities, blue hole water chemistry and tidal pools. Participants will have the chance to snorkel at the world's third largest Barrier Reef and to experience Bahamian island culture, history & craftsmanship (i.e. basket weaving, woodcarving, & bush medicine). Accommodations for participants will be arranged in shared rustic cabins at Forfar Field Station. The station is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, lounge, classroom, fire pit, volleyball court & hammocks. Meals are included, except for meals while traveling to/from the Bahamas and one additional meal during a free night on the island.

Dates: March 20 to March 28, 2015

Cost: $2040

This package cost includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Most meals
  • Accommodations
  • Course excursions
  • Guide tips
  • Insurance

This cost does not include CSU course tuition, any additional meals, and personal spending money. An estimated minimum of $40 in personal spending money is suggested.

bahamas2Courses Offered:

BIOL 1225K/H, Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab
BIOL 5535U, Selected Topics in Biology, Undergraduate
BIOL 5535G or BIOL 6517 Selected Topics in Biology, Graduate

CSU in Costa Rica

Students will spend their Spring Break exploring the tropical ecology and biodiversity of Costa Rica. This course is perfect for any student fulfilling core Area D lab science, biology majors and graduate students in the Environmental Science program. The first four days are spent at La Selva Biological Station, world renowned for its research on tropical rain forests. Nestled in the Caribbean foothills at the confluence of the Sarapiqui and Puerto Viejo Rivers, La Selva offers numerous opportunities to discover the biodiversity of Costa Rica and study its ecology. Among the wildlife in the tropical and premontane wet forests are howler and spider monkeys, sloths, giant anteaters, jaguars and ocelots, tapirs, toucans, emerald basoliths, and the popular redeyed tree frog.

While at the station, students will have guided hiking and boat tours, carry out mini ecology projects, and travel to the nearby Poás Volcano. The class then travels to Evergreen Lodge at the entrance of Tortuguero National Park to spend two nights. The varied habitats of this park support a rich diversity of species as well, and students may see manatees, marine turtles, and caimans along the park's numerous water trails and its coast.

costa2Dates: TBA

Cost: ~$1978

This package cost includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • In-country transportation related to course
  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
  • Course excursions
  • Guide tips
  • Insurance

This projected cost does not include CSU tuition, personal expenses, optional excursions, or any additional meals.


Courses Offered:

BIOL 1225K/H, Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab
BIOL 5535U, Selected Topics in Biology, Undergraduate
BIOL 5535G or BIOL 6517 Selected Topics in Biology, Graduate