The University of Georgia Costa Rica (UGACR) is the only residential and research campus serving UGA students and faculty in Latin America. It sprawls across 62 hectares (153 acres) and is managed for multiple uses. Sixty percent of the area is maintained as protected forest. Thirty percent of the property is used for sustainable agricultural production. The remaining ten percent is managed as the central campus area which includes facilities for academic instruction, research, and student/visitor services.
The UGACR campus is located in northern Costa Rica, on the Tilarán Mountain Range, adjacent to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. N10 16.973 W84 47.882 (Latitude 10.28288201, Longitude -84.79803499).
The UGACR campus mission is to facilitate transformative educational and research opportunities to students and faculty from UGA and other academic institutions from across the planet.
The UGACR campus aims to be a living lab and classroom as well as an example of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
The property was purchased by the UGA Foundation on behalf of The University of Georgia in 2002. Most of the infrastructure was developed during the first five years of operation. UGACR hosts 250 students from UGA every year, as well as nearly 1000 students from other universities and high schools and 400 visitors.