Central and South America

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in South America

Experience the history, culture and business of Costa Rica and Brazil through the lens of social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. Visit a variety of companies to learn about entrepreneurial initiatives, microfinance and sustainable business practices.

Past trips have included stops at major corporations, startups and coffee cooperatives, as well as a walking tour of historic San Jose and free time on the coast to see a famous Costa Rican sunset.

Next Program: Spring 2023

The South America program includes a credit-bearing, virtual learning experience focused on Costa Rica and Brazil, as well as an optional in-person trip to Costa Rica.

The required virtual component features visits to socially minded organizations, cultural activities, networking with alumni and local leaders, and a team project.

“Completing a practicum project in Costa Rica has been life-changing. I was there to create a fundraising strategy for a nongovernmental organization and was able to help this organization provide aid while personally learning and growing.” — Jake Kinley, MBA ’19

Application Deadline

  • Oct. 7, 2022

Who Can Apply

  • School of Management undergraduate students – sophomores, juniors and seniors for in-person trips; all levels for virtual programs
  • All School of Management graduate students, except Executive MBAs
  •  University at Buffalo students from other departments – contact mgt-globalprograms@buffalo.edu for more information

Faculty Leaders

Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah
Clinical Associate Professor, Organization and Human Resources
Faculty Director of Global Programs

Joana Gaia
Clinical Assistant Professor, Management Science and Systems


COVID-19 Information

Ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, alumni and partners is our top priority. All Global Programs include a required virtual learning experience and an optional in-person trip, pending university health/safety policies.

Intercultural and Global Competency micro-credential.

A micro-credential is available for those who successfully complete this program. Apply here or visit the School of Management micro-credential website for information.

Contact Us

Global Programs
School of Management
University at Buffalo
251 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260

Tel: 716-645-3353

Meet our Team