Central and South America

South and Latin America: Costa Rica and Brazil

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 2022

Like all global programs, the Costa Rica and Brazil program is a credit-bearing, hybrid experience. During the virtual learning component, you will meet local leaders, participate in cultural experiences and complete a social impact and entrepreneurship-themed project. Finally, you can cap off the experience with an optional trip to Costa Rica, pending university health/safety policies.

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

“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

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 partners is our top priority. For spring 2022, due to the ongoing pandemic, all international and Experience the 50 programs will be virtual learning experiences, with possible travel during spring break, pending university health/safety policies.

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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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