Latin America

IN14 Collage South America

"This experience has topped my list as insurmountable in so many ways - it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to combine multinational and cross industry business experience while gaining insight into a new culture with a strong group of academics!"

- Erin Baucum, IMBA Candidate
Location Course Professor Dates Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting

Rio de Janeiro,


GSBA 594:
Global Entrepreneurship for Social Change (2 units)
Dr. Patricia Marquez Jan 4 - 10 (arrive 1/3; depart 1/12) TBD
GSBA 593:
International Practicum (3 units)
Professor Carlton O'Neal Jan 14 - 22 (arrive 1/13; depart 1/23) Afternoon of Dec. 13

Buenos Aires, Argentina

GSBA 582: Advanced International Business Negotiations (2 units) Professor Craig Barkacs Jan 4 - 11 (arrive 1/3; depart 1/12) TBD
GSBA 593:
International Practicum (3 units)
Dr. Denise Dimon & Dr. Jaime Gomez Jan 14 - 22 (arrive 1/13; depart 1/23) Afternoon of Dec. 13

La Romana, Dominican Republic

GSBA 593:
International Practicum (3 units)
Dr. Steve Conroy Jan 14 - 22 (arrive 1/13; depart 1/23) Afternoon of Dec. 13

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 2014.

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: Must have completed at least 4 of the following management core courses (GSBA 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 509, 510, 511, or 516) prior to the practicum and have approval of their adviser.

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.

GSBA 582: Advanced international business negotiations (2 units)

More and more occasions require negotiation; conflict is a growth industry. Everyone wants to participate in decisions that affect them; fewer and fewer people will accept decisions dictated by someone else. People differ, and they use negotiation to handle their differences. Whether in business, government, or the family, people reach most decisions through negotiations. Even though they go to court, they almost always negotiate a settlement before trial. In this course, the student will learn the art and science of negotiation. The science will be learned largely through readings and discussions of the reading. The art will be learned through experience gained in simulated negotiations. These negotiations normally are set in a foreign country, exposing the student to some of the nuances of conducting business abroad.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 501 or GSBA 515. GSBA 512 is NOT a pre-requisite for this course abroad.
  • Course counts toward the International Business and Managerial Leadership concentrations.

Estimated Program Costs

  Practicum in BsAs Practicum in Rio Practicum in La Romana Course in BsAs Course in Rio
Program Fee
Tuition ($950/unit)
Airfare from SAN

*Note: Above costs are estimates only and visa prices listed are based on US-citizenship.

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term international programs abroad is reduced from $1,310/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 any combination of a practicum and a course (i.e. Rio course + BA practicum, BA course + BA practicum, Rio course + DR practicum, etc.).
  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. A combined and reduced program fee of $550 is applicable to students taking a course and practicum one location. Fee overs on-site logistical costs, group activities, international health insurance, etc.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of Aug. 30, 2013 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 with round-trip and one way flights. You may also want to consider flying into and out of LAX 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 $90USD/night for a double (shared) room
    2. Buenos Aires: Argenta Tower Hotel, approximately $50USD/night for a double (shared) room.
    3. La Romana: Group hotel to be determined, but will be approximately $50USD/night for a double (shared) room


1. Please click on the icon below to watch a brief 90 second video tutorial on the online application process.

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2. Once done watching the video, 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 2014 is Friday, Sept. 27th, 2013. 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 Friday, October 4, 2013. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by October 25, 2013. 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 Danielle Levanetz for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to US citizens. If you are not a US citizen, click here to see if you need a visa.


Brazil requires US 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. Prior to arrival in Argentina at any entry point, U.S. citizen tourists must pay a $160 reciprocity fee by credit card online at the Provincia Pagos website. Once paid, you must print out the receipt and present it to the Argentine immigration officer at the time of entry.The fee is valid for ten years from the date of payment and multiple entries.

If you are not a US citizen, consult the Consulate of Argentina.
Tel: (323)954-9155 or E-mail:,

Dominican Republic

A valid passport is required for US citizens to enter the Dominican Republic. US citizens will need to purchase a tourist card for $10USD upon arrival in the Dominican Republic or online prior to arrival. The tourist card is valid for a stay of up to 30 days and can be extended once in the Dominican Republic. Non-US citizens may consult the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the United States to see if they require a visa.

Additional Questions

For programs in Latin America please contact:
Danielle Levanetz
Assistant 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