Central and South America

South and Latin America: Costa Rica and Brazil

Experience the history, culture and business of South and Latin America through the lens of social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. While experiencing the rich culture of Brazil and Costa Rica, you will visit a variety of companies to learn about entrepreneurial initiatives, social innovation, microfinance and sustainable business practices.

Past visits have included Funcacion Mujer, CINDE, Cafe Los Volcanes, Zollner and Cargill. The program has also featured a walking tour of historic San Jose; a visit to Cartago, home to many coffee cooperatives; and time on either the Caribbean or Pacific coasts to see famous Costa Rican sunsets.

“Completing a practicum project in Costa Rica has been life-changing. It was amazing to be immersed in a different culture. 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

Who Can Apply

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

Application Deadline

  • Oct. 15, 2021

Next Program

For spring 2022, the Costa Rica and Brazil program is a credit-bearing experience with a virtual learning component, along with travel to Costa Rica during spring break. 

In the course, you will visit social minded organizations, meet local leaders and learn about and participate in cultural experiences related to the region's history and traditions, language, food and dance. You will also complete a social impact and entrepreneurship-themed project throughout the semester.

  • Travel Dates: Spring break, March 21-26, 2022

Faculty Leaders

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

Joana Monteiro
Clinical Assistant Professor, Management Science and Systems


COVID-19 Information

Ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, alumni and business partners is our top priority. For fall 2021, due to the ongoing pandemic, all international programs will be virtual learning experiences, with possible travel during the winter semester pending university health/safety policies. Fall 2021 Experience the 50 (U.S.-based) programs are being planned for concurrent virtual and in-person experiences, with the option to shift fully virtual if necessary.

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

Contact Us

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

Tel: 716-645-3353

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