Costa Rica: The Science, History and Culture of Chocolate

Visit UGA Costa Rica on this two-week adventure and experience the horticultural practices and processes involved in chocolate production.
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About the Program

In your study of chocolate production and the science behind it, you’ll visit:

  • production farms where cacao is grown
  • walk through cacao orchards
  • handle and taste fresh cacao
  • tour chocolate manufacturing facilities
  • participate in all the steps it takes to go from bean to bar

Beyond processing, you’ll learn about horticultural practices associated with cacao that increase productivity and mitigate pests and diseases. You will learn how to conduct a sensory analysis of chocolate and will study its health benefits as they relate to chocolate’s chemistry and biochemistry.

You’ll also be exposed to the culture behind chocolate, its history, the technology behind its evolution and socioeconomic issues associated with the production of chocolate.

On-site lectures and labs will be offered at the University of Georgia Costa Rica campus. Other opportunities include a hike through the cloud forest, zip lining and a guided natural history tour. And a traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served on the UGA’s Costa Rica campus.

International Travel Scholarship

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Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
International travel scholarships for $800 are available to support CAES student travel to study abroad programs and international internship programs. Students may apply in one of two application cycles, according to their departure date. Students departing on an international program during the current fall semester or spring semester of the following year should apply between August 1 - November 1. Students departing during the Maymester or summer semester should apply between December 1 - March 1. Applications received by the deadline date will be given full consideration.

Additional Scholarships for International Travel

There are several scholarships available for international travel through the CAES Office of Global Programs.

Quick Facts

Projected Travel Dates: Maymester

Estimated Program Fee: $1,450 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: FDST 4160, FDST 6160

Application Deadline: January 18

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Program contact

Jose Reyes De Corcuera Undergraduate Coordinator and Associate Professor
Food Science & Technology