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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:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
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:
Subject Area:
Commerce, Environmental Sciences
Program Description:
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The Business of Saving Nature in
Costa Rica COMM 4589/ETP 4693


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.

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There will be info sessions for all Global Commerce Immersion spring break programs on Monday, September 17, and Tuesday, September 18, at 5pm in Rouss-Robertson 254.

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The Business of Saving Nature ( Comm 4589 , ETP 4693)
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

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

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Mark White |
Associate Professor of Commerce, McIntire School of Commerce

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

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The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual 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.


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All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will NOT need a visa to participate in this program, but should have evidence of a return flight out of Costa Rica. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.