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Economics of the Environment, Business, Culture and Global Sustainability

Costa Rica: Economics of the Environment, Business, Culture and Global Sustainability

Baruch College is sponsoring a study abroad program “Costa Rica: The Economics of the Environment, Business, Culture and Global Sustainability” for the January Intersession 2014. This Study Abroad Program provides an opportunity to learn about global economic, financial, international, environmental and business issues and the role each plays in promoting sustainable development.

While in Costa Rica, you will be given in-depth lectures by faculty from INCAE, one of Latin America’s leading business schools, and from Earth University about Costa Rica, Latin America, economics, finance, business, culture, international management and sustainability issues. In addition you will visit a local business co-op, meet with local entrepreneurs and learn about fair trade by visiting local coffee estates, banana plantations and chocolate farms. You will experience the richness and biodiversity of a tropical rainforest and work and live with an indigenous community. Throughout the program you will have an opportunity to interact with local Costa Ricans. Classroom learning will be integrated with on-the-ground experiences, e.g. field experiences, case studies, discussions, reflections and writing assignments after each field experience.

In preparation for the trip to Costa Rica, there will be 5 preparatory classes and a two day sustainability retreat. These pre-departure classes will provide an introduction to the country and culture, and to the conceptual and theoretical frameworks with regard to economics, business and sustainability that will prepare you for the field work they will carry out in Costa Rica itself.
This program is conducted entirely in English. While knowledge of Spanish is helpful for this program, it is NOT required.

The Costa Rica: The Economics of the Environment, Business, Culture and Global Sustainability” fwelcomes applicants from Baruch College and other CUNY Colleges. Students earn credit for Baruch course ECO 3160, and may use the course to fulfill major or minor elective requirements for Baruch economics majors.

To learn more details about the program, please view the detailed course brochure.

Read an article by Baruch student Shehab Chowdhury about the Winter 2013 Costa Rica program.

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