Location: Costa Rica
Dates: January 4 - 17, 2015; Pre-departure classes during Fall B Term - Fridays Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Students are required to attend all pre-departure sessions.
Term: 2014 Fall 2-8 weeks
Objective: This course focuses on the concepts of sustainability andÂ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)Â in cooperation with the Rainforest Alliance and key businesses practicing sustainability in Costa Rica. Achieving an in-depth understanding of the many interrelated and complex issues associated with sustainability and CSR requires an exploration into the entire value chain and the stakeholders who affect or are affected throughout the chain. Students will explore the value chain from origins through final product and the stakeholders involved. This includes exploration regarding the important interaction between multinational corporations, local producers and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to promote sustainability. This course will also examine the challenges regarding how corporations effectively communicate sustainability in an authentic and meaningful way (through sustainability certifications and reporting) and engage with upstream suppliers to embed sustainability as a joint objective.
The benefits to students participating in this program may include:
This course is approved for the Civic Life & Ethics theme.
This program is open to University students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application or instructor permission.
All students with an interest in the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment are invited.
Preference will be given to Carlson School students.
The program comprises guest lectures, site visits, and case study. Costa Rica represents a critical coffee supplier to Caribou Coffee. Students will learn about the coffee supply chain firsthand with its complex environmental and social challenges through visits to coffee farms with Caribou employees. This course will enable students to deeply consider the people and communities involved in providing the customers of Caribou Coffee that daily cup of coffee. Cultural tours adn two group dinners will complement the academic program.
Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided.
Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applies to 2013-2014 programs.
|2014-2015 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13-19 credit tuition plateau)||$0|
|Program Fee (including international group airfare, hotel accommodation, program events, daily breakfast, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*)||$4,400|
|International airfare between Minnesota and Costa Rica (included in Program Fee||$0|
|Passport and Photos||$145|
|Hotel Accomodation (included in Program Fee)||$0|
|Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc)||$250|
|Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee)||$450|
*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.
Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.
Carlson students accepted into IBUS 3080 will be invited to apply for the Jeanne Voigt Foundation Scholarship for Study Abroad in Emerging Economies. The scholarship funds support the incremental costs of the study abroad experience, including but not limited to travel and living expenses. Scholarship recipients will be invited to meet the benefactor after they return from their experience abroad. Contact Jennie Meinz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this scholarship.
To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.
The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full.
Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status via email within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.
Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
Director NiSE at Institute on the Environment