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Program Description


WPC Group at Starbucks Farm

Students have the opportunity to explore Heredia and San José, located in the geographic, economic and social center of Costa Rica, during Spring Break. While abroad, students will conduct academic and company visits to Doka Coffee, Café Britt, Starbucks and more! Tour the cities of San José and Heredia, visit theatres and museums, take cooking and dance classes and soak in the culture of this incredible country while learning about the coffee business! Students will also have the opportunity to hear from a non-coffee related business as well to get a fuller picture of the Costa Rican business landscape.

Quick Facts

  • March 6 - March 13, 2021

  • Guest Lectures, Academic and Company visits with Doka Coffee, Café Britt, Starbucks and more!

  • Cultural activities and excursions including City Tour, Museum and Theatre visits, Cooking and Dance classes

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.



Location Details

Approximately 11 kilometers to the northwest from San José, Heredia is a relaxed city surrounded by coffee plantations. It is filled with plazas, green spaces and parks and students, as it hosts a number of universities and language schools. Accordingly, it has excellent cafes, ice cream shops and vegetarian and health food options. It also contains some of the oldest and most well-preserved colonial architecture in the country. 

San José, with a population of approximately 1.5 million people, is the "hub" of Costa Rica in every sense of the word. It is the cultural, economic and social center of the country where one can experience the hustle and bustle of daily life for nearly a third of the country's population. San José is also a very cosmopolitan city, with a large international population, many international organizations, corporations and NGO's, and numerous opportunities to taste cuisine from all over the world with a Costa Rican twist.  (from ISA website)

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 Payment and Withdrawal Policies

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

  • 2.75 minimum GPA

W. P. Carey majors will receive priority until November 1, 2020. Any non-WPC majors applying before November 1 will be placed on a wait-list in chronological order. On and after November 1, all applicants will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Students will register during the spring semester for the following course:

  • WPC 394: Business in Costa Rica  (1 credit)

This course fulfills the study abroad experience requirement for the International Business Certificate.

*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring 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

This is a one credit standalone course taken during Spring Break, with some pre and post work assigned through the course’s Canvas site (i.e. pre-program article review and post-program final reflection).



Program Leaders

Dr. Jose Mendez
Professor and Assistant Department Chair
W. P. Carey School of Business, Department of Economics

Obi Duru
Assistant Director
W. P. Carey School of Business Leaders Academy

W. P. Carey International Programs Coordinator

Michelle Laws
Coordinator of International Programs
W. P. Carey School of Business, Undergraduate Programs
Office: BA 173B
Mail Code: 3406
P: (480)965-9740
F: (480)965-8883



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Program Housing

Participant housing is in shared rooms at a hotel in Heredia, which will include daily breakfast.  Welcome and farewell group meals are also included.

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. The Business in Costa Rica program involves some days with several miles of walking as well as some time spent in agricultural settings. 

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 Costa Rica, building and transportation accessibility is limited. Many buildings remain inaccessible and while public buses may have wheelchair accessibility, functionality of these resources may be in disrepair.

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. For example, in Costa Rica, LGBTQIA students may encounter discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as public attitudes are generally conservative.

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 Costa Rica, 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.

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 Spring Break 2021 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared rooms, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners, some lunches, company visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 1 credit course, airfare, some meals, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  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.

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.


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


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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.