• Home
  • Business and Culture of Costa Rica

Business and Culture of Costa Rica

Business and Culture of Costa Rica
The graduate level program is designed for students who have an interest in Latin American business.
Location: 
San Jose, Costa Rica
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Winter Break
Academic Disciplines: 
Business
International Business
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Visit several business to learn about their business strategy, practices, and opportunities
  • Cultural activities are included so students can learn more about Costa Rica's history and culture
  • For MAcc students with a serious interest in Costa Rican and Latin American culture, markets, and the business environment
Program Summary: 

The Business and Culture of Costa Rica program is designed for graduate accounting students to be able to learn more about business in Latin America, and more specifically, Costa Rica. The program will include visits to area companies, including a mixture of local and multinational as well as small and large firms. UCR Business professors will also give lectures on business in Costa Rica and other topics. Excursions and cultural activities are also included.

Location: 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its natural beauty, extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, social and political stability, high educational levels, and efficient infrastructure and services. San José, Costa Rica’s capital, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. It lies in the Central Valley on a plain surrounded by large forested mountain ranges, some of which include active volcanoes, green savannahs, and working coffee plantations.

Universidad de Costa Rica

The Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) was established in 1843 under the name Universidad de Santo Tomás. It was restructured in 1940 and re-named the Universidad de Costa Rica. It is the oldest and largest university in Costa Rica, with a population of 35,000 students. The program works directly with UCR’s School of Business to plan the site visits and meetings with local companies. In addition, many of the program lectures are held on UCR’s campus and taught by UCR faculty.

Academic Information: 

Students are required to participate fully in pre-departure meetings and all scheduled activities in Costa Rica. Before the program, all students will complete readings, make a topic presentation about Costa Rica, and prepare a brief report on all of the companies to be visited. Upon return, students will prepare a written report summarizing their learning experience in Costa Rica.

All students will earn 2 credits in IBUS 741: Business Practices in Latin America. An optional 3rd credit may be available through independent study. Credit is granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the course and overseas program and will be posted to the student's Spring academic record at KU. 

Housing: 

Students will be in double or triple occupancy accommodations at hotels. Several group meals are also included in the program.

Life Abroad: 

Students will attend lectures given by UCR professors that focus on Costa Rica and business topics. Past lectures have included Costa Rican history and culture, the business climate and foreign investment in Costa Rica, and UCR Business School social programs. In addition to lectures, students will visit companies in and around San José. Company visits in past years have included Western Union Bank, Baxter, a coffee company, a small recycling company, and a dairy company.

The group will also participate in cultural activities. Past activities in San José have included a city tour and visits to the National Theater, Gold Museum, and artisan market. Activities outside of San José have included visits to a sugar cane plantation, a beach on the Pacific, and botanical gardens. 

Eligibility: 

This program is for MAcc students who have a serious interest in understanding Costa Rican and Latin American culture, markets, and the business environment. Admission will be selective.  Minimum GPA is 3.0, though exceptions will be considered after submission of a petition.

Further Reading: 

Business School Scholarships

Scholarships may be available for study abroad programs. Consult the Center for Global Business Studies website for more information on study abroad scholarships for business students. 

Passport and entry requirements

All U.S. citizens must have a passport to enter Costa Rica; no tourist visa is required. It’s recommended that the passport is valid for six months beyond the arrival.

Non U.S. citizens are responsible for understanding their entry requirements. Read more about visas and entry requirements on the website of the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington D.C. Most students will meet the visa waiver requirement of having a visa issued from the U.S., but also must meet the requirement of having a valid passport for six months beyond the arrival. Please carefully read the information on the website.  

Program Faculty: 

Alee Phillips, Associate Director of the Masters in Accounting program, will lead the program again this year.


Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

Follow KU Study Abroad

TwitterInstagramPinterestFacebook

Jayhawks Abroad Blog

Study Abroad Events
IIE Generation Study Abroad Partner

9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times