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    Virtual Socio-Economic Reality Capstone on Latin America - Winter


This program allows students to explore the history, culture, politics and economy of Latin America from a global business perspective, focusing on the country of Nicaragua. 

Taught fully online, this program enables students to have an enhanced learning experience through virtual visits and conversations with locals in Nicaragua. This unique platform brings the world to UNI students in an affordable and sustainable way.

No travel is required for participation in this program. 

Course Leaders

Chris Schrage, Instructor

Department: Marketing
Phone: 319-273-2126
E-mail: christine.schrage@uni.edu
Campus Address: CBB 5

Chris is passionate about international education and has led 15 groups to Nicaragua, 4 to China, 3 to Ghana, and taken over 40 teams to competitions globally.



CAP 3155: Socio-Economic Reality of Central America (2 credit hours)

This course is a first-half spring 2022 semester course and will count towards a participant's spring course load. Taught fully online, this course explores the socio-economic realities of Central/South America, integrating into that exploration the concepts learned and skills gained through the Liberal Arts Core. The course requires that students study the impact of culture on the working environment, gain an understanding of the social and economic conditions of Nicaragua, and explore how culture might impact that country’s economic status in the global economy. Virtual class meetings Monday through Friday, 9 am to Noon, starting Monday, January 3, 2022 and ending Friday, January 14, 2022.

Course objectives:


  1. Gain an understanding of dimensions upon which a culture might be defined.
  2. Gain an understanding of the impact of culture on the work environment.
  3. Gain general knowledge about the economic situation of the country studied.
  4. Explore the ethical and social responsibilities of companies operating in less developed countries.


  1. Utilize oral and written communication skills acquired through the liberal arts core.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to identify and evaluate the specific cultural dimensions that enhance or hinder the economic development of the countries studied. 

The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in the 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 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 3, 2022 and ending Friday, January 14, 2022.

Over the course of the program, students will engage in virtual tours and live conversations with individuals in Nicaragua, learning about a variety of topics, such as how coffee and chocolate are produced, how recycled paper is made, small businesses are started, and how COVID-19 has effected these individuals' businesses and way of life. 

Program Costs

Virtual Socio-Economic Reality Capstone on Latin America - Winter

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

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Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

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Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, November 19, 2021
Program Dates: 
Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 14, 2022

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.