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Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica - Maymester

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica - Maymester

Explore entrepreneurship in beautiful and dynamic Costa Rica. This four-week Maymester provides students with the opportunity to take BGS 370S-Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship, where they will learn about creating a business to address social problems and use creative means to design market-based approaches to aid a specific cultural group. The course is a practical exploration of social and cultural entrepreneurship in which students learn-by-doing and are required to create a mission-driven business targeted towards solving a pain-in-the-market that will produce a positive social impact for a culturally marginalized group. 

The program is complemented by a series of organized excursions and professional visits. Students will immerse themselves in Central American culture by participating in homestays with a local family. Centrally located in San Joaquín de Flores, outside San José, participants will be in proximity to Costa Rica's incredible mountains and rain forests. The Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica Maymester is hosted in collaboration with API, an educational organization founded in 1997. API has grown rapidly since its founding over 20 years ago. They now send more than 4,000 participants abroad annually to nearly 50 cities in 26 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Quick Info

  • Academic Term: Maymester
  • Dates: Not Offered for Summer 2021
  • Credits: 3 UT credits
  • Eligibility: BBA and non-business students w/ 2.5 min. GPA
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Program Code: 350167 

Program Information

About the Program

About the Program


This program is open to BBA or non-business undergraduates with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.


Classes take place Monday-Thursday (usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Some afternoon or Friday classes possible. Students are strongly urged to refrain from making weekend travel plans until receipt of finalized schedule. Absence from class will not be permitted. 


BGS 370S* - Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship  – Taught by UT faculty

*This course counts for a Cultural Diversity (CD) Flag. 

Note: Students taking BGS 370S on this Maymester can receive credit for an upper-division business elective OR an upper division non-business elective.

This is a Experiential Practicum (Capstone) course that meets Requirement 5 of the Entrepreneurship Minor.


Karen Landolt


Questions about this program? Contact Aleksandra Wingate at

Fees and Tuition

Fees and Tuition


2021 Program Fee $4,275
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  • For information on scholarships and financial aid, please visit our funding page.  Please note that the only opportunity to apply for a Maymester scholarship through BBA International Programs is at the time of program application.


For more information on total estimated cost, including flights, meals, etc., view the Costa Rica study abroad budget.


  • Accommodations
  • Weekly cultural excursions
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • Visits to local companies 
  • 24/7 assistance from on-site staff familiar with language/culture
  • Pre-departure sessions
  • Re-entry guidance for recruiting


  • UT Tuition (3 credits - tuition for Maymester programs is waived for undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 hours during the Spring semester - no additional tuition will be required)
  • Texas Global Fee ($75)
  • Overseas insurance
  • Textbooks
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses (toiletries, shopping, traveling, etc.)
  • Flight





Company visits are an important component of the program. They are designed to provide students with a first-hand look at important local industries and business practices.

Company visits will vary on a yearly basis. Past company visits include:

  • Starbucks - coffee plantation
  • Al Grano CR - organic food products start-up
  • Community recycling initiative


Cultural excursions provide students with an opportunity to experience the local environment. Weekly outings, including admission fees, are coordinated on behalf of the group. These events are built into the program and participation at each event is mandatory. 

Excursions will vary on a yearly basis. Past excursions include:

  • Irazú Volcano
  • National Museum of Costa Rica
  • Latin Dance Class

Housing and Transportation

Housing and Transportation


Participants will live with host families - students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Costa Rican culture by living with locals from San Joaquín de Flores. Each student will be provided a private bedroom, 2-3 meals per day, linens and towels. 


Participants will book their flights to and from San José, Costa Rica on their own. They will be picked up and dropped off at the airport by their host families. 

Pick-up by host family from airport: Saturday before first class day

Drop-off by host family to airport: Saturday after last class day


Visa and Passport Information

Visa and Passport Information


Passports must be valid for at least 6 months prior to the end of the study abroad trip. Texas Global Passport Services can process passport applications.



U.S. citizens will not require a visa to study in Costa Rica.



Depending on nationality, non-US citizens may or may not require a visa. Please visit the Costa Rican Embassy website to view requirements for each nationality.

It is the student’s responsibility to research specific requirements for their nationality, and to apply for their visa, if necessary. At the student’s request, we will provide additional program-related documentation to support their visa application, such as an official letter, enrollment status at UT, housing and insurance coverage. Students are also encouraged to request formal documentation of student enrollment status from the UT Registrar's Office and are required to notify Texas Global of their travel plans.