CGL Sponsors Embedded Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

During the fall 2015 semester, CGL provided scholarships and additional financial support for a new embedded study-abroad course on Costa Rican business, economics and society. Global Political Economy/Costa Rica was conceived during the 2014-2015 academic year and was developed by CGL Associate Faculty Director Ken Taylor, PhD, who initiated a similar embedded study-abroad course centered on Panama in 2007. The new course included a special case study of Costa Rica for which student teams were organized to investigate sustainable development initiatives, public-private partnerships, and the role of agriculture in the economy as well as immigration and human rights issues. Each team identified six questions to have answered during a visit to the country during the fall break in October. Upon arrival, the class was hosted by San Jose based International Center for Development Studies whose staff organized business site visits, guest lecturers on topics such as corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as travel within the country to witness a sustainable agriculture initiative in the mountains, a fishing cooperative on the Pacific coast and the nation’s first public recycling initiative. Upon return to Villanova, the student teams integrated the answers to their questions into their preliminary research and made presentations to the entire class on what they had learned. This marks another success in the CGL’s ongoing efforts to promote international opportunities and learning across all aspects of VSB.

For More Information

The Moran Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4395
leadershipcenter@villanova.edu

Jonathan Doh, PhD
Faculty Director
jonathan.doh@villanova.edu

Kimberly A. Cahill
Director
kimberly.cahill@villanova.edu

Michelle Casario, PhD
Associate Faculty Director
michelle.casario@villanova.edu

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator
sharon.ballard@villanova.edu