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    BPS or Capstone in Costa Rica - Winter Break

  • A group of students in yellow raft, traveling down river

    BPS or Capstone in Costa Rica - Winter Break

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    BPS or Capstone in Costa Rica - Winter Break

  • Ocean waves crashing against the shore

    BPS or Capstone in Costa Rica - Winter Break


This program is currently full for winter break 2019 and no longer accepting applicants. 

In this program, students will explore the competition within the eco-tourism industry in Costa Rica, while simultaneously gaining knowledge and experience in business strategy, competitive advantage, and sustainable development. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities provided by competing companies, and then compare and analyze their experiences. Capstone students will gain an invaluable introduction to Costa Rica; its ecology, history and geography, as well as current cultural, business, and eco-environmental practices. Senior business majors have the option to participate and earn MGMT 4175: Business Policy and Strategy credit. All majors are welcome to participate in order to fulfill their capstone credit requirement.


Course Leaders

Nicholas Bailey, Assistant Professor

Department: Management
Phone: 319-273-6224
E-mail: nick.bailey@uni.edu
Campus Address: CBB 246
Spring 2019 office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10:45-12 pm and Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm. Email Nick in advance to confirm availability.

Nick enjoys teaching Business Policy and Strategy and International Business here on the UNI campus. Nick has visited more than a dozen countries, including Costa Rica, Brazil, England, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland and Turkey. In May, 2017, Nick traveled with UNI Capstone students to visit the Amazon Rainforest and Tropical Savanna in Brazil. He has also taken UNI students majoring in Economics to Krakow, Poland on a research exchange. He looks forward to leading students abroad this coming winter break!



MGMT 4175: Business Policy and Strategy (3 credit hours) OR CAP 3154: Global Skills (3 credit hours)*

*Students will select one of these offered courses. Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the fall semester, although the courses are scheduled as spring courses. The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in their selected course during the fall semester. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements.  

MGMT 4175: Business Policy and Strategy (3 credit hours) 

The essence of strategic management is the study of why some companies outperform their competitors for a sustainable period. In an effort to understand the fundamental questions of strategic management, this course explores the processes of analysis, formulation and implementation as it relates specifically to a company’s internal and external environment, business and corporate-level strategies, international strategies and entrepreneurship.

This unique opportunity will allow business majors to complete the conceptual portion of Dr. Bailey’s Business Policy and Strategy class in an intensive 10-day course in Costa Rica starting right after New Year’s. The second portion of the class will begin just before spring break during the second block of spring semester, where students will take part in a business strategy simulation and compete against their peers in managing an athletic footwear company.

For senior business majors. Prerequisite(s): completion of all other courses in the "business core"; ACCT 2120 (120:030); ACCT 2130 (120:031); MKTG 2110 (130:101); MGMT 2080 (150:080); MGMT 3100 (150:100); MGMT 3153 (150:153); MGMT 3154 (150:154); FIN 3130/5130 (160:151g); STAT 1772 (800:072) or equivalent; ECON 1021 (920:020); ECON 1041 (920:053); ECON 1051 (920:054); ECON 1011 (920:070); senior standing. 

To view course syllabus, click HERE

CAP 3154: Global Skills (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide students with a hands on learning experience designed to increase their understanding of another cultural and economic environment different from their own. Through a variety of assignments and site visits, students will gain an invaluable introduction to Costa Rica; its ecology, history and geography, as well as current cultural, business, and eco-environmental practices.

For all majors; junior or senior standing required.

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 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 this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: Thursday, January 2 - Saturday, January 11, 2020 

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

Day 2: Day to get settled in; class in evening 

Day 3: Guided hike through the Arenal Volcano National Park; class in evening 

Day 4: Boat tour through the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, home to monkeys, jaguars, cougars, and tapirs! 

Day 5: Travel to Manuel Antonio; class in evening

Day 6: White water rafting with Pro Rafting or Amigos del Rio; class in evening

Day 7: Beach day; optional zip-line canopy tour at MidWorld or El Santuario; class in evening

Day 8: Guided hike through Manuel Antonio Park, home to 109 species of mammals,184 species of birds, and several private beaches

Day 9: Return to San José; shopping, class in evening

Day 10: Return to the U.S. 

*This will be a physically demanding tour and students should expect to walk a couple of hours a day at a normal/average pace at times over steep and uneven terrain.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Breakfast and dinner are built into the program cost. Students will purchase their lunches out-of-pocket while abroad. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

BPS or Capstone in Costa Rica - 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

Click Below to View Detailed Budget Sheet:

Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees:


Room & Board:




Personal Expenses:






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

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, May 10, 2019
Program Dates: 
Thursday, January 2, 2020 to Saturday, January 11, 2020

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.