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STUDY ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA

Business and commerce have gone global and an understanding of management and business practices in the rest of the world is a vital part of contemporary business education. International experience is critical for students who want to do business abroad and the experience of living and working in a developing country teaches you to be adaptable and open-minded.

Internships offer excellent experiential opportunities to see and conduct business in an international setting. You gain experience in professional areas such as Marketing, Sales & Client Service, and Accounting, while getting involved with market research, data analysis, organizing events, and providing administrative support in English for your colleagues.

Customized programs make the most of Maximo Nivel’s in-country network with visits to small, mid-sized, and large companies. These educational business tours are the perfect way to learn about successful companies and start-ups in Latin America. Students learn how entrepreneurs and business leaders run their organizations—providing excellent insight into successful international business models.

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Maximo Nivel takes your academic success very seriously. We evaluate each student’s motivation for the program and academic history. This helps to ensure a productive and successful cohort experience.

– At least 18 years of age
– Enrolled in Business, Economics, or related
– Intermediate to Advanced Spanish language skills
– Hard working, passionate, creative, and resourceful
– Minimum GPA 2.50

Fields of Study

– Accounting
– Entrepreneurship
– International Business
– Marketing
– Non-profit & Social Enterprise

TERMDATES
Summer Term I 20193 June – 5 July
Summer Term II 20198 July – 9 August
Fall Semester 20192 September – 7 December
Winter Term 20202 January – 17 January
Spring Semester 202027 January – 1 May
FULL ACADEMIC CALENDAR
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ProgramsAntigua,
Guatemala
Cusco,
Peru
San Jose,
Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio,
Costa Rica
Fall Semester
14 Weeks
$4,995$4,995$6,995$7,495
Winter Term
3 Weeks
$1,095$1,095$2,495
Spring Semester
14 Weeks
$4,995$4,995$6,995$7,495
Summer Term I
4-5 Weeks
$2,195$2,395$3,595
Summer Term II
4-5 Weeks
$2,195$2,395$3,395
Freshman
Semester
$4,995$4,995$6,995

*Prices above are representative only. Final tuition costs vary based on itinerary, housing preferences, tours, and transportation.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Why I Maximo Nivel

This was one of the best facilities I have ever seen. I will never forget the care that was given by the staff. I never felt lost and everyone was very helpful. I never felt unsafe or scared. The work and study hours allowed to be able to experience the culture outside of my host family and facility. I have made friends and experiences that will last a lifetime. I really hope to come back soon.

Andrea C.
Semester Abroad for Business Majors

SEMESTER ABROAD

FALL, SPRING, WINTER, & SUMMER TERMS

Business students looking to study abroad for a semester can join Maximo Nivel in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. Students take the Entrepreneurship in Latin America course and the Marketing in Latin America course, along with 2 Spanish language courses. The semester program includes an internship, guided reflection workshops, and a final project. Throughout the semester, there are guided educational excursions and field experiences to sites including Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Tikal (Guatemala), among others.

I. University Courses (7 weeks)Credits
BUS 300: Marketing in Latin America3
BUS 305: Entrepreneurship in Latin America3
SPA 202: Intermediate Spanish II (or higher level)3
SPA 371: Business Spanish3
II. Internship (7 weeks)Credits
Work at internship placement3-6
Guided Reflection Workshops
Final project
III. Educational Travel (during program)Credits
Archaeological sites0-1
Museums, cultural tours, & traditional communities
Total Credit Hours12-19
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INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

MICRO-BUSINESS IN LATIN AMERICA

Stable in development with significantly advancing economies, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru are exciting places to do business! When businesses have the chance to succeed in Latin America, they can be a major contributor to employment and the overall economic base of these developing countries. However, entrepreneurs in Latin America need marketing knowledge and help in reaching out to international customers. They need more opportunities and better understanding of how to expand their services and develop their products.

Internship placements are available for university students interested in for-profit or nonprofit sectors. Interns get exposure to daily business practices and become more globally-minded business people. You also increase your knowledge of Spanish business vocabulary and improve your ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients and colleagues. This, in turn, builds your marketability through increased confidence and skills to conduct business internationally.

Internship placements are with micro-businesses—small, local companies—where you work with in-country entrepreneurs and business owners to help them improve their companies and expand their capacity to market to and serve international clients. Internships can be customized, but usually focus on specific areas such as Marketing, Sales & Client Service, or Accounting. Your daily responsibilities vary as you learn to wear multiple hats in small, but busy enterprises and get involved with operations, production, training, and distribution.

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University Courses for Business Majors

UNIVERSITY COURSES

BUS 301 focuses on micro, small, and medium enterprises in the private sector across Latin America. The course uses a mix of case studies and traditional lectures with a focus on company formation, innovation, social and legal environments, and business planning. The class makes several visits to local companies and at least two company founders join the lectures as guest speakers.

Students in BUS 305 work to understand, analyze, and discuss the foundations of successful marketing in Latin America. Using case studies, the course explores seven different Latin America companies from Mexico to Argentina. Course emphasis is on brand management service and product development, advertising, promotion, and buyer behaviors.

Spanish 201 is an intermediate level Spanish course. The course reviews the fundamentals of Spanish grammar as well as introduces new grammar, vocabulary, and other language skills. Course methodology is based on the communicative approach, emphasizing conversation in Spanish and the development of reading, writing, and listening skills.

Spanish 371: Business Spanish is designed to expand the student’s vocabulary and proficiency in Spanish for business. The course focuses on building business vocabulary and developing speaking, writing, and presentation skills in Spanish within the business context. The course also examines topics on business protocol and etiquette in Latin America and Spain.

SPA 202 – Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 301 – Spanish Composition I
SPA 302 – Spanish Composition II
SPA 350 – Latin American Literature
SPA 360 – Latin American Civilization & Culture
SPA 361 – Modern Day Latin America
SPA 370 – Medical Spanish
SPA 380 – Intercultural Communication
SPA 420 – Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPA 480 – Advanced Spanish Conversation
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CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS

Maximo Nivel organizes customized programs for faculty-led groups and student organizations who want a short-term educational experience in Costa
Rica, Guatemala, or Peru. These programs are usually 1 to 4 weeks long and consist of 3 main components:

I. Spanish Language
– SPA 101, 102, 201, 202, or higher level
– SPA 371: Business Spanish
– Guided Reflection Workshops

II. Company Visits & Presentations
– 1 to 3 visits to micro-companies
– 1 to 3 visits to mid-sized and large companies
– 1 to 2 presentations by local business leaders

III. Educational Travel
– Archaeological sites
– Museums and cultural tours
– Traditional communities

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Customized Study Abroad Programs for Business Majors
Academic Credit for Study Abroad Programs

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UNIVERSITY ABROAD

Academic credit is available for Maximo Nivel’s Study Abroad programs. Our programs can fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements. Our School of Record issues official transcripts and academic credit for your program. Get the credit you earn!

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