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Summer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Dates: August 5 – 11, 2018

Credits: 3 credits (a variety of courses available) and open to all majors (no pre-requisites) as well as out-of-state and non-UGA students.

Application deadline: June 15 (email us if applying after this date for available spaces). Please note that out-of-state students do not receive an in-state tuition waiver for the Smokies course.

Costs: All students (UGA in-state, UGA out-of-state, and non-UGA) pay in-state tuition (at ~$318/credit hour). HOPE or Zell Miller apply. See Costs tab below for detailed breakdown.

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United States: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Live and study for a week inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) at the end of the Summer and just before the Fall Semester begins. This experiential field-based program is appropriate for students of all disciplines and for anyone with an interest in the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachia. More specifically, the course will expose students to a variety of on-going and innovative programs, using hands-on, practical experiences, to explore the scope of human – environment relationships in the most visited national park in the country. The Park is our outdoor classroom and there will be a number of guided hikes, including the high country and cultural trips (including Cades Cove), during the week. For more information about our accommodations and where we stay in the Park, check out Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

The program is open to all students from UGA and from other institutions, and no prior knowledge is assumed. Email discoverabroad@uga.edu and/or download the sample itinerary for more information. Also, please review the mandatory program orientation (covering where we go, what to pack, etc). Click here to inquire and/or apply now.

Program cost includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, transportation, and all meals (except two lunches and one dinner). Tuition (HOPE applies) is additional.

All students (UGA in-state, UGA out-of-state, and non-UGA) pay in-state tuition (at ~$312/credit hour). HOPE or Zell Miller apply.

Download the Estimated Costs for a more detailed breakdown.

Select any one 3-credit course (in ANTH or FORS) from the following:

Field Studies in Natural Resources (ANTH/FORS 4270/6270) 3 credits. This course is available for all students (no pre-requisites).

The 4000 level courses are for undergraduate students and 6000 level courses are for graduates and honors students. The following course prefixes can be selected: ANTH (Anthropology) and FORS (Forestry and Natural Resources).


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