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UVA Commerce: The Business of Saving Nature in Costa Rica (COMM 4589/ETP 4693)
Alajuela, Costa Rica; Limon, Costa Rica; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Spring Embedded
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Embedded 2018 01-NOV-2017
10-NOV-2017 17-JAN-2018 02-APR-2018
NOTE: Travel to Costa Rica will take place during Spring Break. Students should depart from the US on March 3 to arrive that day. Students will depart from Costa Rica the morning of March 11.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Open to Non-UVa Students:
No Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Program Description:

The Business of Saving Nature
in Costa Rica
COMM 4589


Preservation of biological diversity is of paramount importance to the continued existence of life on Earth. Various human activities, for example, the conversion of natural lands for agriculture and urbanization, together with the alteration of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, have already caused the extinction of many species and threaten the existence of many more. The conflict between economic and environmental concerns is particularly acute in the developing world, and especially so in countries that are heavily dependent on natural resources. This course examines the issues and tradeoffs related to the maintenance of biological diversity in the face of economic development. We will explore these topics in a series of on-Grounds classes Tuesday evenings during the early weeks of spring semester, and then experience them in situ on a study tour of Costa Rica during spring break 2018.

This 3-credit-hour course counts toward the Global Commerce Track and for third- or fourth-year Commerce students counts toward the Management concentration or as a McIntire elective. This course is open to UVA undergraduates, regardless of major, and Masters in Accounting students at McIntire. NOTE: While first-year students are eligible, they will be considered on a space-available basis. First-years may wish to contact Prof. White directly before applying to see if there are likely to be spaces available.


Program Dates:
On-Grounds Dates: TBD
Travel Dates: March 3-10, 2018
Final Assignment Due: TBD

Information Sessions
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at 5 p.m., in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 225 or
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at 5 p.m., in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 225

Program Directors
For more information, contact Professor Mark White, Associate Professor of Commerce,

Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link in the information header of this page for a breakdown of tuition, program, and travel costs.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

McIntire School of Commerce
Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.


This program is currently not accepting applications.