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Costa Rica

Summer InterSession 2017 (May 13th - May 23rd)

Program Description

In Spanish, Costa Rica means “rich coast,” but visitors to this Central American country experience much more than just stunning shorelines. With more than 25% of the country protected by the national park system, Costa Rica’s lush tropical forests are home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity—more than 400 types of birds can be found in the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest alone. Costa Ricans have a strong commitment to protecting local ecosystems and to creating a green society. The capital, San José, is also home to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Nations University of Peace. As a hub for environmental research, sustainable innovation, and advancement in human rights, Costa Rica is the ideal destination for exploring social and environmental business practices.

This Summer Study Abroad Program is a 10-day program. The first 7 days of the program will be spent traveling the Central Valley and Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Through a series of lectures and business visits, students will become familiar with the role of socially, culturally, environmentally, and economically sustainable business practices particularly within emerging markets. Possible visits include Finca Bella Coffee Farm, Monteverde Cosmestics, VMware, and Tico Fruit. The remaining part of the program will be spent at the Barcelo Langosta Resort, an all-inclusive resort on the Pacific Coast.

The program is open to all students meeting the course prerequisites. No language skills will be required; all courses/lectures will be taught in English. Two Saturday course sessions will be held on the UL-Lafayette campus prior to departure.

2017 Costa Rica Courses

Cost

The program cost is $2599, plus University fees of $125, totaling $2724. A late fee of $100 will be added to your program cost after December 15th. Program cost includes tuition for 3 credit hours, lodging, most meals, field trips and excursions, and academic activities. Airline information will be provided to the group of participants, but airfare is not included in the program cost and must be purchased by the student. Other personal expenses include passport and visa costs, eating out, shopping, entertainment, and personal health insurance.

Contact:

Dr. Patricia Lanier
Department of Management
Moody Hall Room 265
(337) 482-5386
planier@louisiana.edu

Patricia B. Mouillé
Study Abroad Coordinator
Student Union Room 136
(337) 482-5438
studyabroad@louisiana.edu