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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English Credit Level: Undergraduate
Instructor-led: Yes Capstone: Yes
Program Description:


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This experiential course explores the socio-economic realities of Central America, integrating into that exploration the concepts learned and skills gained through the Liberal Arts Core. The course requires that students study the impact of culture on the working environment, gain an understanding of the social and economic condition of a particular country in Central America, and explore how culture might impact that country’s economic status in the global economy. The experiential component requires that students live and work with citizens of the country, gaining a more personal view of the culture and sensitivity to the social-economic realities of the community.

Chris Schrage, Instructor

Department: Marketing
Phone: 319-273-2126
Campus Address: CBB 5

CAP 3155: Socio-Economic Reality of Central America (2 credit hours)

IMPORTANT: CAP 3155 is a first half of the spring semester course, although class meetings occur during the fall semester. 
Please contact the Study Abroad Center or the program's course leader for more information.

See the course syllabus HERE

  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study. 
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Sample itinerary is based upon previous programs and subject to change.

Day 1: Depart Iowa; arrive in Managua

Day 2: Visit town of Catarina and take part in traditional pottery making; travel to San Ramon

Day 3:  Travel to Siares, overview of coffee operations (including harvest), traditional dance class

Day 4: Chocolate and Coco Coop visits; Matagalpa lookout point

Day 5: El Chile Weavers; afternoon hike; music and bonfire

Day 6: Optional bird watching; cooking lesson (tortillas and roasted coffee); travel to ranch in Leon; New Year's Eve event

Day 7: Visit church; afternoon activities TBA

Day 8: Activities at local school and free time at the beach; turtle release

Day 9: Activities at local school; visit Leon Square and basilica

Day 10: Service project at local school (fixing desks) with Leon Boy Scouts

Day 11: Volcano boarding

Day 12: Drive to Managua; tour historical sites

Day 13: Depart for Iowa

Itinerary and cost estimates are just that - only estimates. Please understand that costs can vary significantly based on personal spending habits, changes in airline tickets, etc.

Students will stay in hotel, dormitory-style, and host family accommodations arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure.  All meals while abroad are included in the program. 

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value:
1 2 3 4
Cultural Experiences:
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4
Overall Learning:
1 2 3 4 5
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2017 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 12/26/2017 01/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.