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*UTK Costa Rica First-Year Business Program
Alajuela, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
Costs Sheets Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 09/14/2017 09/22/2017 12/15/2017 12/22/2017
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Consult College of Business Administration
Language of Instruction:
Class Standing:
Language Prerequisite:
Course Prerequisite:
first-time, first-year Haslam College of Business Student
Eco-Lodge, Hotel
Program Type: UT Faculty-Directed Open to non-UTK Students: No
Experience Type:
Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Anne Hulse
Field of Study:
Business Administration
Program Description:
UTK Costa Rica First-year Business Program

Program Description

This will be a highly experiential study abroad program in which a small group of first-year UT HCB students will have the opportunity to visit and interact with a variety of businesses and leaders throughout Costa Rica, where tourism, technology, and agriculture are key economic drivers. Through site visits, lectures, group discussions, and cultural activities, students will learn about contemporary business, government, and economic development issues in Costa Rica while also exploring the “Pura Vida” culture, history, food, and natural environment of this beautiful Central American country. Students will receive an introduction to business in Central America, and learn about the role of sustainable development from both a business and environmental standpoint.

Program Activities and Excursions


    San José is set in the lush Central Valley of the Costa Rican highlands and is where the majority of Costa Ricans work, live, and study. Students studying in San José, Costa Rica will be able to experience a Latin American metropolis while also having the rest of Costa Rica's pristine natural wonders at their fingertips. Downtown San José features a pedestrian-friendly walkway, where students enjoy strolling, stopping at a café and sipping on a coffee and shopping at the Mercado Central. The city is filled with cultural offerings, including numerous unique museums.

    • Tour of San José including opera house, Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, and the National Theater
    • Visit to a local coffee plantation and other local businesses
    • Salsa lessons

    Arenal Volcano

    Arenal is home to one of Costa Rica’s most recognizable geological formations, the Arenal Volcano. Once crowned Costa Rica’s most active volcano, the Arenal Volcano is now in its resting period. Although the volcano is no longer active, Arenal is still the epicenter of many geological wonders. Students will be able to traverse through waterfalls and hot springs and zipline through the rainforest. Students will also be able to interact with local and transnational businesses to see how their practices are environmentally sustainable.

    • Hot springs visit
    • Night walk
    • Ziplining
    • Arenal National Park hike

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a first-time, first-year Haslam College of Business student

Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for:

  • International Business 489: a 0-credit degree requirement for HCB students pursuing an IB collateral or concentration
  • Chancellor's Honors Program's Ready for the World requirement (if applicable)

Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared rooms in hotels or eco-lodges during the program.

Housing is included in the program fee.


Cost Information

Your program costs include: a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. Click here for a detailed program budget which outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.

Payment schedule: A $750 non-refundable deposit is due on November 15, 2017. The remaining program fee and study abroad fee are due according to the regular university payment deadlines for the spring 2018 semester. Payments are made via your MyUTK account.

Mark Willoughby
Program Director
255 Haslam Business Building

Mark Willoughby

Anne Hulse
Programs Abroad Coordinator
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall

Anne Hulse

2017 Information Sessions

All information sessions will be held in the Haslam Business Building room 260:

  • Tuesday, September 5th at 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 6th at 12:15pm
  • Wednesday, September 6th at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, September 7th at 12:30pm


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