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Costa Rica

CofC in Costa Rica 2018: Business

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,100
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Round-trip international airfare
- Lodging
- Meals
- Costs associated with program-related excursions
- In-country transportation for all program-related activities
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or if the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition and its associated fees
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses

*This fee does not include $985 for INTB majors who will have to stay one extra week to satisfy the INTB major requirement for study abroad*
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships.
Program Description


**Please Note Travel Dates** 6/13/18-7/2/18 Travel Dates for (INTB Majors) OR 6/13/18-6/25/18 Travel Dates (for all other Majors)


Students will be enrolled in the following two courses:

TRAN 360: Doing Business in Costa Rica (3 credits)
SCIM 371: Green Supply Chain Management (3 credits)


"Doing business in Costa Rica" (TRAN 360) will introduce students to the cultural, legal and business environments in Costa Rica. The course will focus on the practical issues that a foreigner will encounter in conducting international venues, focusing on managing in a developing or transition economy in a third world country, and combining the academic research and skills with the experience of management practitioners. Students will visit companies in Costa Rica where managers will share their experiences about doing business in the country.

"Green Supply Chain Management" (SCIM 371) will introduce students with tangible and intangible benefits of moving towards a green supply chain. The course prepares future SC managers with practical ways of building a socially and environmentally responsible strategy in their supply chains, with real examples from Costa Rican businesses and strategies.

Local activities include river rafting, canopy tour, and some physical activities during tours in the rainforest, such as hiking.


Dr. Marvin Gonzalez
Department of Supply Chain & Information Management

Dr. Gonzalez is a professor of Supply Chain Management and Decision Sciences with working experience in Costa Rica, Mexico, US, Canada and Spain. His research focuses on international bench-marking studies and he is well-known in the area of Lean and Six Sigma.

Dr. Gioconda Quesada
Department of Supply Chain & Information Management

Dr. Quesada is a professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, including Decision Sciences. She has international experience in Costa Rica, US and Spain. She has co-directed the program since 2013.

Both Dr. Quesada and Dr. Gonzalez are natives of Costa Rica, with multiple business networks, which enrich the study abroad program with very interesting company visits. Both Professors have worked at College of Charleston since 2003.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact the program directors. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run.

Quick Facts

Population: 4636348
Capital: San Jose
Per-capita GDP: $ 12100
Size: 51100 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 06:00 hours) Central Time (US & Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: NO

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