Central and South America

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Latin America

Experience the history, culture and business of Costa Rica 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 2024

The South America program includes a credit-bearing, virtual learning experience focused on Costa Rica, 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.

  • Optional Travel Dates: Spring break 2024

“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

Who Can Apply

  • All UB undergraduate students
  • All UB graduate students

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


Intercultural and Global Competency micro-credential.

A micro-credential is available for those who successfully complete this program. 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

Our Travels in Central and South America