Latin America

Latin America

"Studying in Rio and participating in the practicum in Buenos Aires were both incredible eye-opening experiences. It is truly amazing to not only learn about another culture but to actually experience it. My favorite moment during the practicum was when the president of our company invited us to dinner with four other key people from the company. When we walked into his home, he was already wearing an apron and preparing a huge asada feast. His daughter and young son were running around and he managed to be the warmest host, chef, father, and colleague all at once. It was truly special.”
- Meghan Tracy, IMBA

Location Course Professor Dates Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil GSBA 593: International Practicum (3 units) Steve Conroy and Carlton O'Neal January 9-18 (arrive January 9; depart January 19)

December 9
Noon-6 p.m.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

GSBA 594: Global Entrepreneurship for Social Change (2 units) Moriah Meyskens January 2-8  (arrive January 2 in morning; depart January 9) TBD

Thinking about spending your intersession in Latin America? Use this page to gather information about courses, program costs, applications, visas and other logistical information. Students may choose to take either 2, 3 or 5 units by traveling to one or two cities in Latin America during Intersession 2017.

Course Descriptions

GSBA 593: International Practicum (3 units)

Students work in multicultural teams to provide solutions to a business problem or strategic project for a company abroad. The overseas professional project delivers hands-on experience of the markets, economic policies and business practices of the country in which the company operates. The consulting project will require students to apply creativity and analytical tools to complete the project, and communicate the results to clients. Faculty members will serve as supervisors for student teams.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 504 or GSBA 516, GSBA 505 and GSBA 514 or GSBA 518.

GSBA 594: Global Entrepreneurship For Social Change (2 units)

We live in a world filled with complex global challenges. This is a time of opportunities to make a difference. In this context, the way we pursue and achieve social change requires new paradigms for solving the world’s diverse pool of problems: environmental degradation, increasing inequality, famine in an era of obesity, obesity in a world with extensive hunger, lack of access to potable water by a large majority, persistent illiteracy and isolation in the time of the Ipad and Facebook, among many others. Global Entrepreneurship for social change is about combining business and management skills, imagination, passion, and the courage of individuals to effectively tackle some of these issues. The purpose of this course is to learn what is possible and how, by examining a myriad of diverse experiences and organizational models that are making a difference all over the world.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 501 or GSBA 515.
  • Counts toward the Corporate Social Responsibility and International Business concentrations.

Estimated Program Costs

  Practicum in Rio Course in BsAs
Program Fee
Tuition ($950/unit)
Visa for U.S. Citizens
Airfare from SAN

*Note: Above costs are estimates only.

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term international programs abroad is reduced from $1,380/unit to $950/unit to allow students to use the extra funds towards airfare, accommodations, and other costs incurred while abroad. Students may choose to take up to 5 units abroad by choosing a practicum, a course, or both (i.e. BA course plus Rio practicum).
  2. PROGRAM FEE is NON-REFUNDABLE once you apply and are accepted to a program. Students pay a program fee for each program (location) in which you participate. This fee is not a deposit towards tuition, rather a separate payment towards on-site logistical fees such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, some group activities, meals and transportation.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of August 31, 2016, using Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. If you are applying to take 5 units over intersession in Latin America, you should research airfare very carefully and compare multi-city flights to round-trip and one way flights. You may also want to consider flying into and out of LAX or TIJ to save on costs.
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs in Latin America are currently estimates only. Calculations are based on double occupancy (sharing a room) accommodations and the current exchange rate (subject to change). Students are not required to stay at the group hotels, although it is highly recommended. Group hotels are as follows:
    1. Rio de Janeiro: Group hotel to be determined, but will be approximately $80USD/night for a double (shared) room
    2. Buenos Aires: Group hotel is to be determined and will be approximately $60USD/night for a double (shared) room


Click the apply now button below to begin your application. Note that clicking on the Apply Now button will lead you to a non-Ahlers website which houses online applications. Do not click on links more than once, as this will delay processing; simply wait for each page to load. It is recommended that you use Safari as your browser.

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The application deadline for Intersession 2017 is September 30, 2016. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to pay the program fee for each location to which you apply. This program fee will be charged to each student's account upon acceptance and is non-refundable unless admission is denied.

You will be notified of acceptance by October 7, 2016. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by October 28, 2016. Further information will be provided to accepted students.

Visa Info

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa or contact Kanani Meheula, international programs assistant, for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, click here to see if you need a visa.


Brazil requires U.S. citizens to have a tourist visa and, after acceptance, students will be provided with more information about obtaining visas. You will make arrangements to apply for your tourist visa directly at the Brazilian Consulate or through a visa service agency.


A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Argentina. An Argentina tourist visa is not required for citizens of the United States for stays up to 90 days. 

If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the Consulate of Argentina.
Tel: (323)954-9155 or email,

Additional Questions

Danielle Levanetz
Assitant Director
Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 118
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-6881
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198