This program allows students to explore the history, culture, politics and economy of Latin America from a global business perspective, focusing on the countries of Brazil, Nicaragua, Panama, and Chile.
Taught fully online, this program enables students to have an enhanced learning experience through virtual visits and conversations with locals in the countries of Brazil, Nicaragua, Panama, and Chile. This unique platform brings the world to UNI students in an affordable and sustainable way.
Nicholas Bailey, Assistant Professor
Campus Address: CBB 246
Dr. Bailey teaches Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) and International Management here on the UNI campus. He has visited more than a dozen countries, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, and the UAE. Dr. Bailey has traveled with UNI students to Brazil and Poland; and, in January 2020, he led a group of students taking BPS and the Global Skills Capstone to Costa Rica.
CAP 3154: Global Skills (2 credit hours)
This course is designed as an introduction to business in Latin America. We will discuss the history, culture, politics and economy of Latin America from a global business perspective, focusing on the countries of Brazil, Nicaragua, Panama, and Chile.
Taught fully online, this course will have virtual class meetings Monday through Friday, 9 am to Noon, starting Monday, January 4, 2021 and ending Friday, January 15, 2021.
The primary objectives of the course are as follows:
- Develop a broad understanding of the complexities of the global business environment in Latin America, including but not limited to cultural and institutional differences.
- Significantly improve written and oral communication skills through assignments.
- Improve ability to engage in critical thinking through significant class participation.
The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in the course during the fall semester. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements.
To view course syllabus, click HERE
- 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 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 this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Virtual class meetings Monday through Friday, 9 am to Noon, starting Monday, January 4, 2021 and ending Friday, January 15, 2021.
Over the course of the program, students will engage in virtual, locally-guided tours in 4 different Latin American countries with 360° photos and video as well as discussions with local experts abroad in order to learn about entrepreneurship, multinational corporate strategy, and microfinance within the context of Latin American society and politics. Additionally, students will learn about the unique cultural elements of the countries visited to contrast these with the United States.
Virtual visits/meetings include:
- A social enterprise incubator in Brazil to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives
- Community bank and rural community in Nicaragua to discuss microfinance strategies
- A multinational corporation based in Panama to discuss multinational corporate strategy
- One of the largest organic wineries in the world located in Chile to discuss the challenges of sustainable capitalism
Virtual Global Skills Capstone on Latin America - Winter Break
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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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.