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Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica - Maymester


Application Open: Oct 1-15

 Quick Info

  • Academic Term: Maymester
  • Tentative 2020 Program Dates: May 24-June 20
  • Credits: 3 UT credits
  • Eligibility: BBA and non-BBA students
  • Prerequisites: BBA students only: Math 408K/ 408C; Math 408L/408D or Completed Calc/Eco Plan
  • Course Language: English

  • Faculty & Staff: McCombs & UT

  • Student Body: 20- 25 students
  • Housing: Homestays
  • Meals: 2-3 meals per day provided
  • Financial Aid: Eligible; scholarships available
  • Program Code350167

costa rica

Explore entrepreneurship in beautiful and dynamic Costa Rica. This four-week Maymester provides students with the opportunity to take  Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship  (BGS 370) class where they will learn about creating a business to address social problems and use social and creative means to design market-based approaches to aid a specific cultural group. The program is complemented by a series of organized cultural excursions and professional visits. Students will immerse themselves in local culture by participating in local homestays. Centrally located in San Joaquin de Flores, outside San Jose, participants will be in proximity to Costa Rica's incredible mountains and rainforests.

The program 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. 

About the Program



  • This program is open to BBA or non-BBA undergraduates with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
  • Prerequisites: BBA students must have credit or registration for Math 408K or 408C; Math 408L or 408D or Declared intent to complete calculus 


Program Duration: Sunday, May 24 - Saturday, June 20, 2020


BGS 370 Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship  – Taught by UT faculty.

  • Students taking this Maymester course (BGS370S) can receive credit for an upper-division business elective OR an upper division non-business elective. 
  • Social Entrepreneurship Minor: this Maymester course counts toward Requirement 5 of the Entrepreneurship Minor 

Classes take place Monday-Thursday. Final schedule TBD. Students are strongly urged to refrain from making weekend travel plans until receipt of finalized schedule. Absence from class will not be permitted.

Cultural Activities

Students attend a number of cultural activities organized by the on-site resident director


Karen Landolt and Stephanie Jue



Program Budget

 2020 BBA International Program Fee $3,600

What is included in the Program Fee?

  • Tuition for three credits (tuition for Maymester programs is part of the Spring tuition load. No additional tuition will be required)
  • Housing arrangements
  • Daily meals 
  • Weekly cultural activities in San Joaquin 
  • Cultural Excursions outside of San Joaquin
  • Welcome/farewell receptions
  • Visits to local companies and/or organizations
  • On-site staff support
  • Pre-departure sessions during spring semester
  • Re-entry guidance for recruiting

What is NOT included in the Total Program Cost?

  • Study Abroad Office Fee ($75)
  • Round-trip Flight
  • Overseas Insurance
  • Textbooks
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses (toiletries, shopping, traveling, etc.)


Weekday Trips

Cultural excursions provide students with an opportunity to experience the local flavor. Weekly cultural outings are coordinated by API. These events are built into the program, and participation is mandatory. The excursions are designed to fit into the schedule and  don't interfere with courses or weekend travel. Depending on the year, weather and availability, excursions will vary on a yearly basis.

Tentative visits to the following are included in the program:

  • Day trip to Volcan Irazu
  • Visits to local startup companies and local businesses
  • Other



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

  • Host Family Welcome Reception and Move-in: Sunday before classes start
  • Program End and Departure: Saturday after classes end


From the Airport

Host families will take students to/from the San Jose airport.  Additional details will be provided to program participants.

Visa and Passport Information


Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your study abroad program.

U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica

U.S. citizens do not require a visa 

Other nationalities traveling to Costa Rica

More information will be available soon