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International Business Field Studies: Costa Rica

*This is a past Program. To see a list of our current programs please visit our current programs page.*

Program Details

This course integrates international travel with the study of international business topics. Through readings, assignments, discussions, and visits to important business and cultural sites in the destination country, the course builds understanding and competence in international business practices across cultures.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • PRE-REQUISITE: BSAD 2899 Business Foundations and Admission Assessment


  • Costa Rica

Program Dates:

March 4, 2023 – March 12, 2023


$2,900.00 (Airfare NOT Included).

Suggested Payment Schedule (This does not need to be followed exactly. It is a guide so you do not have to pay so much at the end, but you can pay as much or as little as you want so long as the trip is paid in full before you leave):

  • Deposit: $500
  • Dec. 2, 2022- $600
  • Jan. 6, 2023- $600
  • Feb. 3, 2023- $600
  • Mar. 3, 2023- $599 Final payment

Deposit: $500

Deposit is due 72 hours after registration. If not paid in that timeframe, you may be dropped from your trip.

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit and future payments online. Charges should show on your account within 24-48 hours after registration. If you want to pay with cash or check, please pay at the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning.

Includes: insurance, tuition, lodging, domestic transportation, excursions, and some meals.

Not included: airfare, passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and some meals.


Itinerary is subject to change. Please make sure to attend all pre-departure meetings!

Mid-February: Pre-departure meeting
March 4: Depart from SLC in the morning, arrive in San Jose in late afternoon
March 5: Costa Rica overview: political, social, economic, and environmental, and city tour

March 6: Cultural visits (Arenal volcano and Tabacon hot springs)
March 7: Business visits (PROCOMER and TBD)
March 8: Business visits (Doka coffee plantation) and cultural visits (Poas volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens)
March 9: Business visits (Two Visits TBD)
March 10: Travel to Punta Leona
March 11: Punta Leona
March 12: Depart to SLC

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to three (3) semester credits through Weber State University by choosing one bundle of the following:

  • BSAD 4850 Study Abroad (3)

Program Directors

Darcie Costello, Assistant Professor of Accounting & MTAX faculty member. Teaching experience, research, and PhD are based in accounting and taxation. Responsible for study abroad logistics, course proposal, planning learning activities, and coordinating
business and cultural visits. Darcie was a co-leader (along with Andrea) for an MTax/MAcc/MBA study abroad trip to Italy in Summer 2022. 

Andrea Gouldman, Associate Professor of Accounting and Goddard School International Specialist. Teaching experience, research, and PhD are based in accounting. Responsible for syllabus development, Canvas Course, and a majority of the assessment of students. Andrea has led several successful study abroad trips across Europe and Japan.

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8715.