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  • Locations: Cahuita, Costa Rica; Guacimo, Costa Rica; Liberia, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 01/12/2018
Rolling Admission 04/28/2018 05/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Business
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Eligibility Restrictions: LCB Students Only Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Michael Jones Program Advisor: Lee Armstrong
Program Description:

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Program Overview

This course explores economic development in Latin America.  Students will attend academic lectures, tour multinational and local companies, and visit ecotourism sites to gain an understanding of sustainable development.  The program will begin on the Atlantic coast, move inland to study the banana and pineapple industries, visit the cloud forest community of Monteverde to study the impact of ecotourism and finish in the capital city of San Jose to visit international companies operating in the free trade zone. 


Sample Itinerary
Saturday Depart US, Arrive to San Jose and drive to beach
Sunday AM: Hike Cahuita National Park, snorkeling
PM: Present Projects to local fisherman association on creating a market for lionfish  
Evening: Group Dinner - lionfish feast
Monday AM: Free time at the beach
AM: Visit a Moin port on Atlantic coast
PM: Banana Plantation tour, EARTH university
Evening: EARTH University campus
Tuesday AM: Pineapple Plantation tour
PM: travel to Monteverde
Evening: Cabins in Monteverde
Wednesday AM: Santa Elena cloud forest reserve hike
PM: Tour and Discussion: LIFE sustainable coffee farm
Thursday AM: Visit and discussion at local high school
PM: Lecture on Education and the Labor Market in Costa Rica
      Panel discussion with NGO leaders  
Friday AM: Bus to San Jose
PM: company visits in free trade zone: technology service center and manufacturing
Evening: Group Dinner/cultural event
Saturday AM: Brit coffee tour  
PM: Free afternoon for shopping
Evening:  Group dinner
Sunday Flight home to Cincinnati

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Costa Rica  
Cahuita,  Monteverde, San Jose



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Who Can Participate?

Business majors and minors
Prerequisites:  ECON 1001 or ECON 1002, INTB 3080, and MKTG 2080.  For BA Economics students, the prerequisites are ECON2020 and ECON2030.

Monteverde Cabins in Costa RicStudent Spotlight: Jackson Burton
"I chose the Sustainable Economics trip to Costa Rica because of my Business Economics background. In addition to the economic and cultural learning opportunities, the Costa Rica program was attractive to me due to the chance to be out exploring nature and seeing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world."  Read more about Jackson's experience here

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Academic Program and Course InformationLizano tour

All students in this program are required to enroll in INTB5021, Study Abroad Costa Rica, for 3 credits for spring semester.  Class meets Wednesdays 4:40-5:50.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Dr. Michael Jones, Assistant Professor Educator, Department of Economics

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Living ArrangementsCosta Rica playa

Modest hotels and cabins throughout Costa Rica.


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Getting There

A group round-trip flight is arranged from Cincinnati to Costa Rica.  Students may opt out of the group flight and purchase their own airline ticket.  Students should not purchase a plane ticket until they have committed to the program, enrolled in the appropriate course, and received instructions from the International Programs Office.

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Program Costs 

View a cost breakdown for the Costa Rica program here.  All students will receive scholarships from UC International and Lindner College of Business.
Note that both the program charges and the UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill for the Spring 2018 Semester.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process and enroll in INTB5021.  Scholarships are posted after all students register for the course connected to the study abroad experience.

This program has been awarded a UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International requires a minimum 2.0 GPA to receive this funding.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see the State Department's passport page for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access visa information is the US Department of State’s country information page  

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of StateCenters for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:

  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Lindner College of Business
203 Lindner Hall

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This program is currently not accepting applications.