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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore, 3 - junior, 4 - senior
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Area of Study: Business, Management, Marketing
Program Type: Study Abroad, USA Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.25
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:

USA Business in Costa Rica & Panama



Program Overview
The program examines a range of external and environmental variables impacting business decision-making in Central America, with special emphasis on Panama and Costa Rica.  The program includes a series of well-chosen visits to targeted organizations representative of the economics of Panama and Costa Rica.  Special attention will be paid to the integrative role of peculiar economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological variables in developing and implementing sustainable business strategies.
 
Accommodations and Meals:
Accommodations for the entirety of the trip are provided in the cost of the program. Also included are daily breakfasts, as well as welcome and departure meals.
 
Courses:
Students may register for the following class for three (3) credit hours:
MKT 490/590 (3 hours): Special Topics: Marketing in Central America
MGT 490/590 (3 hours): Special Topics: Management in Central America 

Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
 
Program Costs:
The cost of the USA in Costa Rica & Panama: Business 2018 program is $3,299. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements.
 
Program cost includes all in-country transportation, including airfare from Costa Rica to Panama, all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time; accommodations as described above, daily breakfasts; welcome and departure dinners; specified museum entrance fees; and international health insurance and international emergency assistance. Tuition for three (3) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip. Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare. 
 
All meals, other than breakfasts and specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits.
 
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.
 
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018.  Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
 
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
 
Refund Policy:  Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable, and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Alvin Williams
Mitchell College of Business
251-461-1792
awilliams@southalabama.edu

Dr. David Turnipseed 
Mitchell College of Business 
251-414-8087
turnipseed@southalabama.edu 

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience::
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value::
1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experiences::
1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Experiences::
1 2 3 4 5
Housing::
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Collin Kendrick Blankenship, Summer 2016 Participant
The study abroad program to Costa Rica although short, was one of the fulfilling experiences of my life. We got a full taste of what it is to live in a place that thrives mainly on its land and its people. We were exposed to the Costa Rican brand of pride for their land and the natural beauty of it all. Costa Ricans or "Ticos" are a very proud hard working people who are quickly becoming players on a global scale due to their high value of education and innovation. We were exposed to both what it is like to live in the city of San Jose and we got a nice taste of the paradise that is Costa Rican rain forest and their beaches. I would highly recommend a study abroad experience to Costa Rica for anyone!

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/28/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2018 05/23/2018

** 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.