Students will have the opportunity to study abroad with selective universities around the world. The study abroad program is added to the MBA full-time daytime cohort with a vision to promote cultural exchange of ideas; however, it is available to the MBA part-time cohort as well. The study abroad program is designed to provide a greater understanding of cross-cultural business practices. This helps students to understand cultural nuances and become actively engaged with global organizations. The exchange experience is intended to build on our VU MBA goals and to provide them with a network of students, faculty, and professionals from around the world. We truly believe that in today's global business environment, international experience is a key component for a successful career.
Saturday, March 3:
Flight from Chicago to Costa Rica. After checking into accommodations, the group will meet for a welcome dinner and short walking tour of the neighborhood.
Sunday, March 4:
The group will enjoy a guided walking tour of San Jose and hear about the city's rich history and culture. Following a break for lunch, the group will visit the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum to view some of Costa Rica's fascinating historical treasures.
Monday, March 5:
The group will visit a business for a tour. After lunch, there will be a guest lecture on business in Costa Rica.
Tuesday, March 6:
In the morning, there will be a business tour. The afternoon will be free to explore San Jose. In the evening, students will watch a performance at the Teatro Nacional.
Wednesday, March 7:
In the morning, students will visit a local market to see how entrepreneurs operate in Costa Rica. After lunch, the group will attend a business lecture.
Thursday, March 8:
Students will enjoy a full day of touring some of the area's most famous sites: Poas Volcano (if possible), Doka Coffee Estate, and Sarchi.
Friday, March 9:
The group will travel to Jaco Beach, check into accommodations, and have the rest of the day to enjoy the Costa Rican weather.
Saturday, March 10:
The group departs for La Fortuna with a brief stop at Proyecto Asis for a tour and a volunteer project. After volunteering, the group will continue onward to La Fortuna and check into accommodations.
Sunday, March 11:
Students will hike up the Arenal volcano and explore nearby hot springs.
Monday, March 12:
The group will tour a local business and attend a guest lecture.
Tuesday, March 13:
The group will tour a local business and/or attend a guest lecture.
Wednesday, March 14:
Students will travel to Liberia, check into accommodations, and have a walking tour of the area.
Thursday, March 15:
The group will spend the day at Ciudad Ponderosa, a business development that is in the process of expanding and building its infrastructure.
Friday, March 16:
Students will travel back to San Jose, check into accommodations, and have the rest of the day to visit any last-minute stops, pick up souvenirs, etc. In the evening, the group will come together for a farewell dinner.
Saturday, March 17:
The group will depart Costa Rica for Chicago.
Students will enroll in MGT 781: Study Abroad Experience. The course will meet multiple times during the spring semester both before and after spring break. Travel dates for Spring Break 2018 are March 3rd - 17th.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Students must be enrolled in a Valpo MBA program in order to apply for this program. All full-time MBA students are required to enroll in this program; part-time MBA students have the option to enroll in the course.
The deadline to apply for this program is October 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by faculty leader John Ward alongside the Office of International Programs staff after the deadline has passed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email.
Click the Apply Now button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Note: Full program payment will be due to the Office of International Programs before holiday break.
Program Contact Information
Name: Professor John Ward
*For questions about academic content and coursework
Study Abroad Advisor
Name: Nicole Hughes
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
*For questions about application process and payment
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program's end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport or proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.
Students holding a passport from countries other than the USA may have additional steps to complete in order to obtain a tourist visa. Please schedule an appointment
with Nicole Hughes and the Office of International Programs in order to discuss requirements.