MBA Spring

MBA in Bogota

IN14 Collage South America
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Bogota, Colombia

GSBA 587:
Latin American Business Environment (2 units)
Dr. Ariel Casarin of IAE Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina

On-campus coursework: Feb 8, Feb 22, March 1.  Each on campus class is from 9am - 3:30pm in Coronado 230

Coursework abroad: March 8-13

February 22, 2014
3:45 - 5:00pm
Coronado, room 132

Use this page to gather information about the course, program costs, application, visas and other logistical information. All students who enroll in GSBA 587 are required to go abroad as part of the course. To express your interest in this course, please contact the program coordinator, Allison Howitt, directly.

Course Descriptions


This course provides an overview of Latin America from perspectives essential to effective international business management. There is emphasis on inter-cultural understanding and communication, along with economic, political, legal, and historical characteristics of Latin America and how these affect the business environment. An integral part of this regional approach is the analysis of differences among countries and their relationship to the region as a whole.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 501 or GSBA 515 or concurrent
  • Counts toward the International Business Concentration

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (regular tuition rate of $1,310/unit)
Round-trip airfare from SAN
Program Fee
included in tuition
included in tuition

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,310/unit. Accommodations and program fee are included in the tuition for this program.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is included in the tuition costs. The program fee includes on-site logistical items such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, some group activities, meals and transportation. If you apply and are accepted to this program but then withdraw after the first class session on February 8, 2014, a non-refundable $350 charge will be placed on your student account to offset the costs incurred on your behalf.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of September 13 using from San Diego. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. You may also want to price flights from TIJ (Tijuana) and LAX (Los Angeles).
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program. You will be housed in a double-occupancy room, and will share a room with a student of the same gender, unless you request otherwise. Housing is provided from March 8 (check in date) to March 13 (check out date). If you wish to stay in the group hotel for additional nights, or have a single occupancy room, your student account will be charged accordingly. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences. No refunds will be given if students choose to stay in a different hotel or with local contacts.


Further application instructions will be provided to students who enroll in this course.

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 Allison Howitt 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.


U.S. Citizens traveling to Colombia are required to carry a valid U.S. passport to enter and depart Colombia and a return/onward ticket. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for a tourist stay of 60 days or less.

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
  MBA, International Track Candidate

If you are not a US citizen, consult the Consulate of Colombia.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Academic Programs Manager
Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4847
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198