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  • Locations: Panamá, Panama; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2020 01/15/2020 ** N/A 05/17/2020 05/30/2020

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Evaristo Doria, Dr. Pedro Carrillo Sponsoring College: J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Sponsoring Department: International Business Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
Management in Central America: Panama & Costa Rica
May 4 - 30, 2020 (Dates Abroad: May 17-30, 2020) | 6 Credit Hours
Pedro Carrillo | 35 Broad Street, Suite 1439 | (404) 413-7280 |
Fernando Doria | 35 Broad Street, Suite 1419 | (404) 413-7289 |
Students interested in applying should click the Apply Now button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application. 
Panama Canal - Miraflores Locks This program provides the students with an understanding of the dynamics that affect doing business in or with Panama and or Costa Rica. Building on a base of historical factors and global pressures, the economies of Panama and Costa Rica will be examined in terms of the challenges and opportunities to do International Business. The first part of the course (conducted in Atlanta from May 4-16), will address the background of Panama’s and Costa Rica’s economic development strategies. Lectures, videos and discussions in class will demonstrate how the economic and institutional strategies have been developed and how the results have varied between the two countries. The second phase (May 17-30) will serve as a capstone. This will involve a trip to Panama City, Panama, and San Jose de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, the two most interesting and fascinating places in Central America.  The overseas segment will emphasize company visits supplemented by sessions at government and international organizations. The visits will be complemented by presentations of local experts, professors and host institutions. All Lectures and other activities will be conducted in English.

To hear from students who recently participated and to learn more about the program, check out this video!
Management in Central America students at the Irazu Volcano, Costa Rica

Classes will be held from May 4 - 16 on campus prior to departure, where students will compelte some coursework and receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. Please note: This is a tentative itinerary. Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

May 4 - 16: On campus lectures
May 17: Depart Atlanta, arrive Panama City
May 18: Panama City tour, visit local University and welcome dinner
May 19:  Company visits & Panama Pacifico Free Trade Zone
May 20:  Panama Canal
May 21:  Company visits & Colon Free Trade Zone
May 22:  Free Day in Panama City
May 23: Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica
May 24: San Jose city tour, visit local University  and welcome dinner
May 25: Company visits
May 26: Company visits
May 27: Free day in Costa Rica
May 28: Company visits
May 29: Company visits
May 30: Depart San Jose, Costa Rica, arrive in Atlanta
Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel rooms in Panama City, Panama & San Jose, Costa Rica.
Learning about logistics on the Management in Central America study abroad program The program is open to undergraduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Students interested in applying should click the Apply Now button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.
  • Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
  • International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 6 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergradaute students should register for IB 4410. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,613, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
  • International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Additional meals
  • Excess baggage fees and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel not associated with the program
Payment Schedule
January 15, 2020: $1,000 due upon acceptance
March 1, 2020: $1,500 payment due
Early April 2020:Program fee poasted to paws
Early May 2020: $1,113 remaining balance due along with tuition and fees for Maymester term

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not availble in time to use for your inital payments! Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship and the International Access Scholarship.

Students who:
  • Meet the eligibility requriements
  • Are accepted into a program
  • Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline

will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities & financial aid for study abroad.
Panama City Skyline Students particpating in GSU-sponosred programs must complete a Health Clearance upon acceptance to their program. Please print this page to take with you to your appointment. Prior to departure, Study Abroad Programs will enroll students in international insurance for the duration of their study abroad, the cost of which is included in the program fee. The U.S. State Department's website provides important international travel information about health, safety & security.

Students traveling on this program should expect:
  • Sun exposure
  • Short-medium distance walking

Required Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for this program. Please consult the CDC's travel page and discuss any recommended vaccinations with your physician.
Irazu Volcano Crater, Irazu National Park, Costa Rica Study Abroad Advising

Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website.


Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
International Center
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 413-2529