This capstone course is focused on the coffee and flower supply chains from Colombia that are imported into the United States. Students will learn to work with people from a different country, as well as be involved in academic projects to identify possible actions to improve the process. Another objective is to learn about Colombian and coffee culture and how to be a better global citizen.
All majors are welcome, and College of Business majors will find the experience particularly enriching.
Chris Schrage, Instructor
Department: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Campus Address: CBB 5
Chris loves to share her passion for international travel with students and has led 15 groups to Nicaragua, 4 to China, 3 to Ghana, and taken over 40 teams to competitions globally. She looks forward to leading students abroad again!
CAP 3154: Global Skills Capstone (3 credits)
This course is designed to enhance a student’s knowledge and capability of working in a variety of environments throughout the world. Students will study the impact of culture on the working environment, gain an understanding of the social and economic condition of a particular country and explore how culture might impact that country’s economic status in the global economy. The experiential component requires that students work closely with citizens of the country, gaining a more personal view of the culture. Having an understanding of that culture as well as the skills for working with international citizens in a wide range of situations provides UNI students an advantage when seeking career opportunities.
Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester, although the capstone course is scheduled as a May 2022 session course. The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in the capstone course. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements
- In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
- Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
- Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Tentative Program Dates: Sunday, May 15 (depart) - Saturday, May 28 (return), 2022
Sample itinerary is subject to change. Note, students will socialize and work on group projects with local university students daily.
Day 1: Travel to Pereira, Colombia
Day 2: Welcome event and interactions/group work with local university students
Day 3: Visit coffee farms and meet with a group of farmers
Day 4: Class, then student-led training on building export cooperatives and coffee tasting
Day 5: Class, then follow the process of coffee production, visiting fields, processing raw coffee, learning about the cupping process to insure quality coffee
Day 6: Meet with Colombian export assistance experts
Day 8: Free day
Day 9: Class, travel to Tecnicafe. Learn about Coffee innovation research and how Colombia is creating and adding value to coffee
Days 10 - 11: Class
Day 12: Class, then visit an association in Santa Rosa de Cabal Municipality, to know all the Coffee manufacturing process
Day 13: Present group projects; farewell event
Day 14: Depart for home
Optional activities include ziplining.
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in hotel accommodations arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be included in the price of the program. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.
Capstone in Colombia
Estimated Program Cost:
* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
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Room & Board:
Dates & Deadlines
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.