Costa Rica - Sustainable Business in Costa Rica/ MBA 5020

Program Dates
Saturday, March 9, 2024 to Saturday, March 16, 2024

Join faculty and students from the Walker College of Business in an exploration of sustainability practices in Costa Rica. 

 Costa Rica, famous for its "Pura Vida" approach to life and home to 500,000 different animal species will be the destination for a short-term faculty-led program over spring break, 2024. We will be partnering with the Monteverde Institute to study sustainable business practices in agriculture, small businesses, and tourism. The program runs from March 9 to March 16 and includes time in San Jose, Puntarenas, and the Pacific coast. Participating students will receive 3 hours of academic credit. The program is open to both graduate and undergraduate students from across campus.


BUS 4055 – Sustainable Business in Costa Rica – 3 credit hours  Prereqs: 84 earned hours 
MBA 5020 – International Seminar on Costa Rica – 3 credit hours
MBA 5020– International Seminar on Costa Rica – 3 credit hours

Credits (3 credit hours)

BUS 4055 - This course counts as an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), sustainable business minor elective, COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.

MBA 5020 - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business and sustainable business concentration.  It is also an elective for the MSADA sustainable business concentration.


$3,763 -  Includes all air travel (domestic and international) all lodging, allowances for all meals, ground transportation and entrance fees. 

Additional Costs: $400.00 Includes, personal expenses, passport, vaccinations, etc. 

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submiting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable.

Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance.


Dr. Martin Meznar
Associate Dean, Global & Civic Engagement
Walker College of Business

To Apply

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from the Office of International Education and Development with a link to the application and further instructions.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.
Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students
All faculty-led programs fulfill the Global Issues Requirement and can fulfill a COB elective or free elective. Be sure to speak with your academic advisor to see how a specific faculty-led program will fit into your program of study.
International Business
MBA 5020 
MBA International Business Concentration
MBA Sustainable Business Concentration
Sustainable Business
MSADA Sustainability Concentration