Sustainable Business Global Lab

student group visiting an organic coffee plantation


Costa Rica represents one of the planet’s most outstanding examples of sustainability systems and practices that support a public and private partnership working toward a goal of carbon neutrality by 2021. As one of the most environmentally progressive nations in the world today, Costa Rica is a must-visit country for any student looking to make a splash in the field of sustainability. Through this program, you'll combine classroom learning and in-person business meetings to see firsthand how businesses address UN Sustainable Development Goals and tackle problems concerning sustainability in order to be a force for environmental and social good.

Previous business visits include Florex, CINDE, SPHERA Sostenible, Starbucks, CANAECO, ICE, and more (subject to change). 

All majors/minors are welcome to join us on this program during Spring Break 2024! 

                                           More information & Application


  • General Information

    Locations: San Jose and Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
    Travel Dates: March 9 - March 17, 2024
    Class Enrollment: Spring Session 1; Tuesday 4-5:20 pm in Knowlton 195
    Academic Credit: BUSML 2798 (1.5 credit hours)
    Faculty: Scott Griffin
    Application Deadline: October 25, 2023 at 11:59 pm
    Program Fee: $4,429
    Information Sessions:

    • You can watch a recording of our information session here to learn more about the program, hear from the program manager, the faculty lead, and an alumnus from last year's program. 


    This program allows you to do it all! We got to explore the countryside, the city, and many beautiful landmarks of Costa Rica. We also visited many revolutionary companies that changed my perspective on how a business can operate sustainably. I also became close with my fellow Fisher students on the trip and hopefully will have lifelong relationships with them. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am glad I did not pass up!

    -Anonymous Participant May 2023


  • Eligibility

    In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.  

    Applicants must: 

    • Include an updated resume in their application
    • Be enrolled as undergraduate student at Ohio State - this program is open to ALL majors
    • Be at least a second year student at the time of application
    • Have no student record actions of "Warning," "Probation," or "Probation by Special Action"

    All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

    We encourage students studying Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) to join us on this program! Talk to your advisor to see if this will count toward your specialization electives. 


  • Next Steps
    1. Read the program brochure
    2. Attend an information session: (see "Announcements" tab on the brochure for up to date times and links).
    3. Ask clarifying questions: Email the program manager for inquiries not covered in the information session (contact information is listed at the bottom of the page). 
    4. Review the "Finance" tab on the program brochure
    5. Apply for scholarships: If you have a declared major in Fisher, you will be eligible for  the Fisher Global Grant. 
    6. Clear your schedule: If you are accepted into this program, you must be able to attend the required course (see the "Academics" tab on the brochure for course information). 
    7. If you're an international student, review the FAQ's about studying abroad as an international student. You will also need to 

    8. Apply for the program! As you sit down to access the application, make sure you have:

      • Your passport number. If you have not received your passport, or have not yet applied for one, you may still complete the online application, but remember that you may not participate in a study abroad program without a valid passport. Passports are taking up to 18 weeks, so please make sure you have ample time to apply for or renew an expired passport. 
      • Your Ohio State advising report, saved as a PDF to attach to the application.
      • Names and contact information of the individuals you would like contacted in case of an emergency.
      • A $150 application fee is required for all education abroad program applications. Should you choose to start an application, you will be notified to pay the application fee when it has been assigned as a material due. This application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted to your study abroad program, if your program is canceled or if you withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.


Contact Information

Alyssa Kyff

Program Manager

Office of Global Business
Mason Hall 222
250 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA