IDEA Global Learning and Travel-Summer 2018
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Costa Rica

Seats are limited! Priority Application Deadline is April 14

ENTR 337: Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Social Sector Edition-Costa Rica (4 credits + certificate of completion from UPEACE CEE and the IDEA Institute)

June 24-July 5 (Main Course)

July 6-July 13 (Optional customizable week. Instructional/travel support and insurance remains in place; Affordable meals, lodging and in-country transport is out of pocket).

Cost: $4525 (excluding airfare)

NOTE: Students may also choose the professional experience that does not involve earning credits. The savings is $1000! We created this option for students who don’t need the credits or desire a lower overall cost. Contact Dr. Sherwood for more information on how to do this. Email:

Learn. Play. Discover. Costa Rica! This highly experiential, field-based course takes increasingly deep dives into social ventures including women-empowered coffee businesses, squatter-settlement education, sustainable-community fishing and child physical therapy and leadership development with horses. Learn design thinking, social venture modeling and consulting in this journey of self-discovery. Participants will also be recognized with a joint Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate from the Center for Executive Education at the United Nations mandated University for Peace and the WWU’s IDEA Institute. Join us in this beautiful, safe and welcoming country for an epic travel experience of a lifetime! Space is limited.

The fee of $4525 includes the first two weeks of the experiential classroom (3 instructors), university tuition, lodging, in-country transportation, some meals, and support of guides fluent in Spanish who are highly familiar with Costa Rica. If you choose to stay the optional customized week, you will be responsible for lodging, meals and transport (insurance and virtual contact with guides remains in place).


This program is designed to provide interested students an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the fundamental business and economic principles of the Chinese market and to understand with a hand-on approach the entrepreneurship environment in China. Students will attend China-focused cultural and business classes delivered in English by destination university professors, as well as cultural enrichment activities. Field trips to visit a mix of business entities ranging from an entrepreneurship incubation hub, to some multinational corporations, as well as metropolitan cities (Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou) and several cultural heritage sites are sure to entertain the most curious minds.

The cost of the 3-week program is one of the lowest among similar programs run by other US universities and third-party providers. Program is led by a Western business professor, who is also a Chinese native.

The pre-trip orientation includes a few sessions of cultural briefings and team building and takes place both on campus and online.

Co-sponsored by College of Business & Economics and IDEA Institute, this program is open to all WWU students. The credits can count as an elective or independent study. Additional credits are also available through independent study.
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