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Keel-billed toucan perched on the branch in Costa Rica
Keel-billed toucan perched on the branch in Costa Rica

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Escuela Metálica-Jacaranda

San José's Metallic School

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Red-eyed tree frog on branch, Costa Rica
Red-eyed tree frog on branch, Costa Rica

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About Winter Costa Rica

The Winter Costa Rica program is an opportunity for both graduate and undergraduate students looking to expand their international business education outside of the traditional classroom. 


Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 percent of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters 5 percent of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. Twenty-six percent of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory. Visit the Irazú Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and learn from corporate leaders in biodiversity, economics, and ecotourism. 


While traveling abroad, students will learn about Central American culture, history, customs, politics, and international business practices. Most importantly, students will observe how these business practices are different from the United States.

12/31/2021 - 1/9/2022

San José, La Fortuna, and
Rincon de la Vieja

Program Cost

Application Deadline
November 15


Dec 31, 2021

• Depart USA
• Arrive in San José and transfer to hotel
• Health & Safety Orientation


Jan 1, 2022

• Day trip to Irazú Volcano National Park with Lunch
• Lankester Botanical Garden


Jan 2

• Travel to the Arenal Volcano via Sarapiqui
• Heart of Palm Tour
• Group Lunch
• Cocoa Plantation Tour


Jan 3

• Excursion to La Fortuna Waterfall
• Hanging Bridges Tour
• Cooking Class with local ingredients


Jan 4

• Business Visit: Las Pumas Rescue Center – Ecotourism
• Business Visit: AdAstra Rocket Company – Costa Rica and Space


Jan 5

• Day Tour of the Rincón de la Vieja area


Jan 6

• Travel back to San José
• Business Visit: Costa Rica Tourism Board – Ecotourism
• Business Visit: Swiss Travel – Ecotourism Tour Provider


Jan 7

• Business Visit: Allergan – Pharmaceutical Production and Distribution
• Business Visit: IBM – Cloud computing and security


Jan 8

• San José City Tour
• Business Visit: Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm – Economic and Social Effects of the Export Industry
• Farewell Dinner


Jan 9

• COVID Testing
• Return to USA


Sample Seminar Itinerary

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Seminar Highlights


  • Stay in San José, La Fortuna and Rincon de la Vieja .

  • Experience cultural activities, free time to explore, and a variety of outdoor excursions.

  • Participate in city tours to see the most well-known attractions, including La Fortuna Waterfall, the Hanging Bridges, and more.

Business Experience

  • Learn from business executives at global companies such as the Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm, IBM, and more.

  • View international business practices in a variety of industries, including ecotourism, marketing, economics, and more.

  • Experience an opportunity to network with global executives, like-minded students, and university professors.


  • Stay in 4-star hotels with front-lobby security.

  • Enjoy pre-departure advising as well as faculty support to ensure you are prepared before and throughout the seminar.

  • IBS organizes all your travel details to allow you to focus on learning from business leaders, building relationships, and enjoying your free time.

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What's Included

During the program

  • International company seminars

  • Networking opportunities

  • Experienced and dedicated US faculty leaders to provide guidance, insight, and direction

  • 4-star hotel accommodations; shared room with private facilities (single room options may be available at supplemental cost)

  • Sightseeing and unique activities

  • Transportation from location to location

  • Travel and medical/accident insurance

  • Daily breakfast buffet

  • 24-hour emergency support


  • International airfare, arrangements, and airport pickup (optional)

  • Personal advisor to help you with questions, concerns, processes

  • Easy online access to academic reading materials, travel tips, and program itinerary

  • Luggage tags and an allowance for a checked luggage item

After returning home

  • Access to our Alumni & Professional Network

  • Receive an Alumni Scholarship for a future IBS program

  • Gain valuable business experience for your resume and career