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    UNIFI: Human Condition Global in Brazil


This course explores the socio-economic realities of Latin America, integrating into that exploration the concepts learned and skills gained through UNIFI. The course requires that students study the impact of culture on the working environment, gain an understanding of the social and economic condition of a particular country in Brazil and explore how culture might impact that country’s economic status in the global economy.


Course Leaders

Chris Schrage, Instructor

Department: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Phone: 319-273-2126
E-mail: christine.schrage@uni.edu
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, 1 to Colombia and taken over 40 teams to competitions globally. She looks forward to leading students abroad again!



BUS 3154: Global Skills (3 credits)

This is a UNIFI: Human Condition Global category course. 

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 2023 session course. The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in the course. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements


  • 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.


Tentative Program Dates: Monday, May 15 (depart) - Monday, May 29 (return), 2023

Sample itinerary is subject to change. Note, students will socialize and work on group projects with local university students daily. More details to come! 

Day 1: Travel to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil 

Days 2 - 5: Joint activities with the Universidade de Brasilia, such as: Malunga Vegetable Farm, APEX- Export Assistance Center, Entrepreneurial Center, Student business consulting organization, and possible service project 

Day 6: Excursion to the waterfalls near Pirenopolis, Brazil

Day 7: Excursion to the Caldas Novas hot springs

Days 8 -14: Joint activities with the Universidade Federal de Goias, such as: Diracanjuba- Dairy facilities, Ranchetro- Coffee processing facilities, Guarana Plant- or specialty food processing facilities, Sugar Cane Ethanal Plant 

Day 15: Departure

Participant Info

Important information to review:

Review the roles of the Advisee and the Advisor under the main menu Get Started

Entry and Exit Requirements 

  • Review and follow the travel recommendations of the CDC for Brazil as well as International Travel
  • Monitor appropriate websites for updates and information about COVID-19 or other emergencies before departing and while in the destination country. The U.S. Embassy in Brazil provides updates that can be found on their website

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotel accommodations arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be paid by the students out-of-pocket while abroad. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Program Dates: 
Monday, May 15, 2023 to Monday, May 29, 2023

Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, 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.