Green Business: Costa Rica (OPEN)
2013-2014 application opens September 15, 2013
2013-2014 application closes November 15, 2013
BUSADM 2798: Green Business, with travel to Costa Rica, gives undergraduate students the opportunity to examine the initiatives of organizations that have integrated sustainability-focused business practices into their operations. The course will look at the business scene from the perspective of indigenous entrepreneurs, multinational operations, and Costa Rica based companies. During Spring Break, Green Business students will travel with faculty and staff directors to Costa Rica, where they meet with a variety of local companies and gain hands on experience with multinational companies in an international business context. Course content for the second half of the spring semester will include a debriefing and application of experience gained in-country.
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- 2014 Green Business Costa Rica Cost: $2300*
- Cost INCLUDES: double occupancy hotel accommodations, transportation, all business visits, all cultural tours, all breakfasts and other select meals
- Cost EXCLUDES: international health insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees, vaccinations, incidentals, and meals not arranged by provider
Please see our Funding Study Abroad page to check for available funding options. Eligible students should consider applying for our Student Leader Scholarship—a $500 scholarship awarded to students who take on travel responsibilities, corporate responsibilities, and marketing responsibilities during the program.
*The Office of Global Business reserves the right to increase the program fee if the actual group price exceeds the estimated amount.
- BUSADM 2798: Study Tour International (Green Business)
- 2013-2014 Spring Semester, 5:30-7:00 PM
- Students will earn 3 semester credits for their participation in the class. Both class attendance and the Costa Rica field study portion of this program are required.
- Students can also count the program as credit for one of the following requirements:
- Culture, Ideas, General Education category
- Global Studies General Education category
- Elective credit for business and internationals tracks of OSU Sustainability Major (EEDS)
- Study abroad requirement for International Business Specialization
- Course curriculum includes a series of guest speakers and an applied team project.
Please see the 2013-2014 sample syllabus.
Please do not try to enroll in the class directly. Once you have been conditionally accepted to the program, the Office of Global Business with will contact your advisor to authorize your enrollment.
- Undergraduate student enrolled at The Ohio State University
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Sophomore, junior, or senior standing by time of enrollment
- Prerequisite*: BA 555 or BUSMHR 2000 (may be taken concurrently with BUSADM 2798)
*Exceptions for business minors or non-business students can be made by instructor permission
- March 8 – March 15, 2014*
- Past business visits include Bridgestone/ Firestone, Dole Banana Plantation, and Natura
- Past cultural components include a zip line tour of the rainforest canopy, a hike to Poas Volcano, and a coral cruise
Please see the GB Costa Rica sample itinerary.
Please see the GB Costa Rica sample in-country accommodations.
*Travel details subject to change.
2013-2014 application now open! Apply today!
Application will close November 15, 2013.
- First Step: Students are asked to submit an online application, including general demographic information, passport information, an updated resume, emergency contacts and a personal release form. At this time, international students will be requested to submit their completed Fisher International Student OIA Form.
- Second Step: After being conditionally accepted into the program, students will receive an email to start the next steps of the travel process, including a health information form, flight information, an HTH Health Insurance application form, a scanned copy of their passport, and a scanned copy of their visa (if applicable). Students will all submit a non-refundable deposit at this time.
Applications will be evaluated based on academic standing, GPA, resume, and date of application.
- 2013-2014 application closes November 15, 2013*
- Your final payment for the program must be made in full BEFORE JANUARY 6, 2014
*The Green Business program is a rolling application.
Deposits and Payments
- Once students are conditionally accepted, they will receive an email to pay a $500 non-refundable* deposit. Only after receiving the deposit will students be enrolled in BUSADM 2798 Green Business Costa Rica.
- Your final payment for the program must be made in full BEFORE JANUARY 6, 2014—the first day of 2014 spring semester classes.
- As an added precaution, U.S. citizens traveling abroad can enroll in the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP allows U.S citizens to enter information about their upcoming trip abroad so that the U.S. Department of State can better assist them in an emergency.
- All students participating in study abroad programs offered through the Fisher College of Business are required to enroll in supplemental travel insurance. Students should carry their insurance card with them at all times while traveling in-country.
- The Ohio State University supplemental travel insurance is provided through HTH Worldwide Services. This supplemental insurance includes a policy covering accident and sickness and for emergency assistance, evacuation and repatriation.
- To register for HTH Supplemental Insurance, please consult "Applying Online for Supplemental Travel Insurance" found at the Office of International Affairs insurance website.
- In order to participate, international students must be able to obtain all required travel visas and confirm their eligibility to return to the US after the program (i.e., a multiple entry visa).
- If there are any questions regarding visa requirements for re-entry into the US, students participating in an Office of Global Business (OGB) program can attend walk-in advising hours with an Office of International Affairs (OIA) International Student Services Immigration Coordinator Monday-Thursday 1:00PM-4:00PM in 100 Oxley Hall.
- If needed, the costs associated with applying for or renewing a passport are not included in the total price of the program.
- All students (international and domestic) must have passports valid at least six (6) months past the dates of travel.
- If you are a US citizen but do not currently have a passport and you are selected to participate in the program, you should apply for your passport as soon as possible. You must have your passport at least three (4) months prior to departure to allow time to process a visa if required.
If you are a US citizen, please see Travel.State.Gov for more information about applying and renewing your passport.
- If needed, vaccinations costs are not included in the total price of the program.
- Vaccinations vary by individual and location. As it may be a substantial cost, please consider this expense before registering.
Please visit the Center for Disease Control website for suggested vaccinations and related health information for traveling in Costa Rica.
- United States citizens who are traveling to Costa Rica do not need a visa, but must show proof of onward travel (a roundtrip ticket) and pay a departure tax (included in travel arrangements). For further information, please consult the U.S. Department of State.
- Visas for international students vary by destination and student nationality. As it may take some time to process a visa, please prepare in advance, applying for a visa at least two (2) months before your departure date for Costa Rica.
- To better understand visa requirements for Costa Rica, students should consult the embassy of Costa Rica. Given the itinerary organized by the Office of Global Business, participants of this trip will be considered a "tourist/visitor".
For any additional questions please contact Zachary Grammel (Grammel.4) or come to our general study abroad walk-in hours held every Tuesday (10:30 AM - 1:30 PM) and Thursday (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM) on the second floor of Mason Hall 239.
Students first complete their online application. Once they are conditionally accepted into the program, the Office of Global Business will contact their academic advisor to permit the student to be enrolled in the course.
Selected students will be notified via e-mail (a non-refundable deposit secures the seat in the course). The course is scheduled through permission only after applications are reviewed.
Class attendance is required. The field trip to the selected country/countries is also required.
Often, students are required to make special arrangements to take final exams in their other courses. In the event of scheduling conflicts, the Office of Global Affairs & CIBER makes every effort to work with the faculty involved.