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Program Description


Cali River and Highway

Cali Aerial View

MGT 302 focuses on international business and this program will occur as an optional extension of the course following the end of the semester, where students will be able to complete a portion of their coursework abroad. A key learning objective for MGT 302 is that students will identify, research, examine and evaluate how culture, government, currency exchange, country resources and economic practices influence business activities – and what better way is there to learn about these topics than traveling to Cali, Colombia over winter break and experiencing them firsthand?!
In Cali, students will meet with city officials who will present the city’s initiatives in and support for projects of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, which are considered key for the development of the third largest city in the country. Cali is famous for its eclectic gastronomy and culture, which mixes the African and European influences with the traditions of Native Americans. It is also known as the world capital of salsa dancing as well as for its citizens’ passion for sports. Colombia is booming in business opportunities after ending many years of internal conflicts and in fact, the country was recently invited to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development after being evaluated on its good business and sustainability practices, among others. The moment cannot be better for ASU students to visit this unique country!

Quick Facts

  • December 15 - December 23, 2019
  • Experience Colombian culture and gastronomy, which mixes African and European influences with the traditions of Native Americans
  • Guest lectures from Colombian academic and city officials
  • Company visits and cultural excursions to learn more about Colombian business and culture
  • Satisfy a portion of MGT 302 coursework in Colombia
  • Early Winter Break application deadline: August 15, 2019

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Cali Rooftops and Mountains

Location Details

Cali is the third-largest city proper and metropolitan area in population and the second-largest city by area in Colombia. As the only major Colombian city with access to the Pacific Coast, Cali is the main urban and economic center in southwest Colombia, and has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country.  Cali’s cheerful nature is manifested in salsa, a Caribbean rhythm that is danced here among the sugarcane in its own unique way. In this city, nicknamed "Branch of Heaven,” the peaks of Cristo Rey, the hill of the Three Crosses, and the hills of San Antonio jut upwards from the plains that make up most of Valle del Cauca.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • W.P. Carey BS or BA student or non-business student with minimum 2.5 GPA and minimum 56 hours
  • ECN 211, 212, 213 or 214 with C or better


Students will register during the fall registration period for the following course:

  • MGT 302: Principles of International Business (3 credits)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Fall semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

The MGT 302 course will be taught during the session C fall 2019 semester, either as an in-person course, i-course or an o-course. The study abroad portion of the program will begin at the conclusion of the fall term. One of the primary learning objectives from MGT 302 is to identify, research, examine and evaluate how culture, government, currency activities, country resources and economic practices influence business. By being able to investigate these influences in person through the Colombian GIE, students are provided a unique and powerful learning opportunity to investigate international business first hand.   

Students will need to register in a specific section of one of Dr. LaRosa's MGT 302 courses in order to participate in the program. 

Cali Park with Cat Statue

Cali Statue and City View


Faculty Directors

Dr. Julia LaRosa
W. P. Carey Management and Entrepreneurship
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty, Tempe Campus


Dr. Andrés Díaz López
W. P. Carey Information Systems
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty, Tempe Campus

Julia LaRosa

Andres Diaz Lopez


Cali Delirio Salsa Show

Program Housing

Students will stay in shared hotel rooms in the Ciudad Jardin neighborhood of Cali for the duration of the program, with breakfast daily. Welcome and farewell meals are also included for the program.  

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Colombia, access to buildings, sidewalks and transportation is very limited for persons with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks (if they exist) are uneven and rarely have ramps at intersections. Pedestrian crossings are infrequent and motorists rarely give pedestrians the right of way.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Colombia, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. In Colombia, some students, especially Asian-American students, can expect to receive attention (such as stares and comments) from locals. This treatment is usually motivated by simple curiosity.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Winter Break 2019 is $2,290.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell meals, company and site visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • W. P. Carey School of Business Study Abroad Scholarship for students enrolled in a WPC degree
  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.

Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 08/15/2019
Rolling Admission 12/15/2019 12/23/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.