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Business Abroad: Costa Rica

Experience the economy and culture of Costa Rica! Join Richard McGrath, Ph.D., on an 8-day intensive immersion to one of Central America’s favorite travel destinations while exploring the business and economic practices that have defined a country rich in natural beauty. Learn about the challenges and successes the country faces as it continues to innovate and grow its fascinating economic mix of tourism, agriculture, and technological innovation.

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Application Deadline: March 30, 2022

Courses and Credits Offered:
Students have the opportunity to earn course credit and must be enrolled in 3 credit hours to participate in this program. Students admitted to the program will earn credit for BUSA 3083 – Business Abroad: Costa Rica.
Undergraduate BBA students may use this course as a substitute for their BUSA 4131 requirement.

Undergraduate students should have junior status by the start of the Summer 2022 A term and a declared business major, with a 2.5 GPA, and no active disciplinary record with the institution. All students must be fully admitted to the institution and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.

Space availability is first-come, first-served. A completed application and deposit must be submitted prior to being formally accepted to the program.

*Please note: due to external policies regarding vaccination, all participants on this program will need to be prepared to provide proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination schedule when requested by a 3rd party to fully participate in all scheduled activities for this program. An inability to enter any establishment or meet 3rd party requirements regarding vaccination is a risk carried by the student alone, and the program will not make alternate financial, travel, or academic arrangements on their behalf.

Dates of Program:
Travel: May 22 – May 29, 2022
Students will enroll for credit in the Summer 2022 Term A semester and will be required to attend pre-departure course meetings during April.

Students should plan to depart the U.S. and arrive to San Jose, Costa Rica on May 22. They should plan to depart from San Jose on May 29.

Program Cost:
Includes: All regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; breakfast everyday; welcome and farewell dinners; tour and entrance expenses; local metro pass; cooking class; guest lectures; site visits to local businesses; insurance coverage; Business Abroad polo shirt.

Additional Costs: Tuition & fees for 3 credit hours of course enrollment, round-trip airfare to Costa Rica and additional meals/personal expenses not included in the program cost.

Highlights of the Program:

– 8-day stay in Costa Rica
– Course can be applied toward all degrees in the Parker College
– Lodging at 3-star hotel in central San Jose
– Cultural tour of San Jose
– Welcome and farewell dinners
– Day trip to Arenal Volcano national park
– Hands on-experience visit to Doka Coffee plantation
– Visits with corporate professionals at local and multinational companies

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $500.00 deposit payment: Due March 30, 2022
1st Program Payment of $1,194.00: Due April 8, 2022
2nd Program Payment of $1,194.00 and Insurance Payment of $11.10: Due May 6, 2022

All applications and payments should be submitted through the Business Abroad: Costa Rica global portal webpage.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all payments are non-refundable.


Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Danielle L. Smith, Director of Experiential Learning & Student Engagement ( or
Dr. Rick McGrath, Professor of Economics (

Last updated: 3/11/2022