"Pure Life" - The term is often associated with Costa Rica and your semester abroad will give you a whole new perspective on your pura vida.Our partner institution in Costa Rica offers an opportunity to learn Spanish with native speakers and to explore tropical ecology from a science, business and artistic perspective.
Talk to your Piedmont Advisors about your circumstances.
Financial Aid can help you nail down the exact cost of each program for you. During the fall or spring semesters, your Scholarships and Financial Aid will likely apply.
Your Academic Advisor can make sure you are taking classes that keep you track to graduate.
Career Services will give you advice about how to make the most of your experience.Travel study is a great way to build employable skills and begin to fill up your resume. Having a plan before you leave is the best way to get the most out of the experience.
Apply for a Passport
At times it can take 6-8 months for your passport application to be processed, so apply early.
If you already have a passport, check to make sure that it does not expire within 6 months of your RETURN date. You may not be allowed into Costa Rica by immigration officials if it expires in less than 6 months.
Apply for Scholarships
See Travel Study Director for some scholarships that may be able to help you pay for your travel study experience.
Consider applying for a frequent flyer program.You will be responsible for purchasing your own flight.Frequent flyer miles can add up quickly and may help you keep the costs low.
Complete a nomination packet.
You'll need to collect some information for the packet, which may take some time.You can't start this part of the process too early.
Advisor's Letter of Recommendation
Copy of Passport
Register for classes.
Let the Director of Travel Study know what classes you would like to take.
Book your flight.
The prices tend to increase significant 60 days before departure.To get the best price, you can register for alerts from sites like flights.google.com or Going (formerly Scott's Cheap Flights).