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Costa Rica

Summer Intersession 2022

May 15 - 25, 2022 (10 days)

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 Cosmetics, VMware, and Tico Fruit.  The remaining part of the program will be spent at the Tamarindo Diria, a beach 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.  Three Saturday course sessions will be held on the UL-Lafayette campus prior to departure.


The program cost is $2695, plus University fees of $135, totaling $2830. 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.

2022 Costa Rica Courses


Dr. Patricia Lanier, Site Director
Department of Management
Moody Hall Room 236
(337) 482-5386

Patricia B. Mouillé
Study Abroad Coordinator/Acting Program Director
Student Union Room 136
(337) 482-5438