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Winter 2013: Costa Rica BUAD/COMM
January 02, 2013 - January 31, 2013 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/21/2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM100 Kirkbride Hall
02/29/2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM304 Gore Hall
04/19/2012 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM303 Gore Hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/11/2012 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM105 Sharp Lab
11/08/2012 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM105 Sharp Lab
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/17/2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMPerkins - Ewing Room
10/18/2012 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMPerkins - Gallery
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
This program accepts students on a rolling basis. We recommend that you apply early if you would like to be considered for acceptance.
This program's deadline has been changed to 10/26/2012.
Interested in this program, but unable to make an interest meeting?  View a live UDCapture presentation here or a brief program overview on YouTube here.  
Program Description
Costa Rica, which means “Rich Coast”, the greenest country in the world, is located in Central America. In 2010, it has ranked third in the world, and first among the Americas, in terms of 2010 Environmental Performance Index; and, has announced to become the first carbon neutral country by 2021. In addition, Costa Rica ranks first in Happy Planet Index, and with a biodiversity of global importance.
This study abroad program offers an excellent opportunity to explore how a society has created a context for ecotourism development. Students will interview government and industry leaders to understand the interrelationship of government and industry to developing an economy of tourism that capitalizes on the country’s rich natural heritage while protecting the natural environment and supporting social and economic development. We will investigate how the country has developed a sustainable industry model to conserve their country’s cultural heritage while bringing economic opportunities to the region.

Selected excursions and service-learning activities will create a “laboratory” in which directed observation and interviews with government and industry representatives complement the course materials. Students will learn by analyzing several live business cases, providing recommendations for continuous improvements for those businesses and by developing public relations and advertising campaigns to support sustainable business development.

Excursions: Costa Rica’s culture and heritage, wildlife, landscape, adventure, and sports make it an appropriate target for studying social and environmental sustainability in the context of ecotourism entrepreneurship. Several NGOs and other organizations also work to advance the economic and cultural status of local communities in a responsible and sustainable manner. Examples of successful ecotourism sites include the La Fortuna area surrounding Arenal Volcano, Palo Verde National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Malpais, Manuel Antonio, and Tortuquero National Park. Cultural excursions include: La Plaza del la Democracia (Democracy Square), the National Museum, the National Court, Hispandad Fountain, and Rodrigo Facio Campus at the University of Costa Rica.

All students will be housed at comfortable hotels located in four destination cities with two students per double occupancy room. The program fee includes a bed and breakfast plan as well as certain meals associated with business and cultural excursions. Students may eat dinner at a variety of restaurants near the hotels.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all courses for credit and a grade; pass/fail and audit registration is not permitted. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
BUAD 367: Sustainable Business Development: The Case of Ecotourism Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
Sustainability has become a critical concept in business and economic development. As world economies seek means to draw resources and wealth, a tension develops between economic development and social and environmental responsibility. This course will capitalize on the current economic development trends in Costa Rica to understand this dynamic tension and to investigate how Costa Rica is addressing social and environmental sustainability as it build its tourism economy.
Cross listed with HRIM 367.
COMM 309: Introduction to Public Relations (3 credits)
All organizations use communication to “promote” their products or services through either intentional, professional marketing techniques, or informal, reactionary messaging. Ecotourism public relations takes many forms including: media relations, website, social media, brochures, signage, customer service, direct mail, and employee relations. All of these techniques will be discussed in this course which will focus on strategic, market-based communication (also known as Integrated Marketing Communication) as it relates to classic public relations.

Note: Students will also complete 20 to 30 hours of academic service-learning work in NGOs, government ministries, ecotourism outfitters or educational institutions to gain a first-hand experience with professional Costa Rican organizations.
HRIM 367: Sustainable Business Development: The Case of Ecotourism Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
Cross listed with BUAD 367.
UNIV 370-023: Study Abroad - Costa Rica BUAD/COMM (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including a deposit and at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Elliott Hall, 26 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19716.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
Participants in the Costa Rica BUAD/COMM program will be charged University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session and the Program Fee.
The Program Fee usually covers housing and all excursions, but does not include transportation to/from the group's initial departure airport. Your specific Program Fee may or may not include these and other items. Check with the program's faculty director for details.
A $300.00 deposit towards the program fee must be paid no later than September 10, 2012, although we recommend that you pay your deposit within three working days of submitting your application. The deposit is non-refundable if you are admitted into the program. The program acceptance list will be available approximately two weeks later. See below for additional program fee and tuition payment deadlines.
All students pay all program fees via this website: Credit card payments are not accepted.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,904.00$5,108.00
Final Program Fee$5,550.00$5,550.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total (final)$7,484.00$10,688.00
Please note that final Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.

IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.

Need- and merit-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All payments and application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program ApplicationOctober 26, 2012
$300.00 DepositSeptember 10, 2012
$1,500.00 DepositSeptember 10, 2012
Final Program Fee BalanceNovember 05, 2012
Tuition and FeesDecember 01, 2012
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Please note that the this program accepts students on a rolling basis. We recommend that you apply early if you would like to be considered for acceptance.
John Sawyer
Faculty Director
Business Administration
320 Alfred Lerner Hall
Carolyn White Bartoo
Faculty Director
242 Pearson Hall
File Downloads
Interest Meeting - Powerpoint Presentation
Orientation Handout - Oct 11 2012 5:00PM
Program Calendar
Orientation Handout - Nov 8 2012 5:00PM
Live UDCapture Presentation of Interest Meeting for Costa Rica BUAD/COMM
Interested? View the YouTube Program Preview Video!

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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