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IBUS 244: International Management Practices

Course provides students the opportunity to experience the management practices and business environments in Panamanain and Costa Rican organizations.


Our IBUS 244: International Management Practices course provides students the opportunity to experience the management practices and business environments in Panamanain and Costa Rican organizations, and to explore, up close, the relationship between the US and Panama and Costa Rica with a focus on the future of business between the two countries.

Students will participate in a half semester long pre-departure class, followed by one week of travel to Panama and Costa Rica during spring break March 9-16, 2019. The pre-departure class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8:20 – 10:50 p.m. on the following dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27 and post travel on March 27.

The travel component of the program consists of a series of meetings with managers and tours of companies across various industry sectors, engaged in interactive follow-up discussions to analyze the state of economic development in Panama and Costa Rica. The course enables you to fuse classroom learning with actual techniques used to compete in the global marketplace. The professor for this course, Octavian Ionici, is an Executive in Residence in the Department of Finance and Real Estate. .

Travel timeline

The Program will begin on the morning of March 9th. The program will conclude on March 16th upon return to Washington, DC.

Itinerary and Housing

The group will depart for Panama on Saturday, March 9th. The group will remain in Panama City until Wednesday, March 13, when the group will fly to Costa Rica and will transfer to Arenal for time in the Rainforest and an overnight in an Eco Lodge. The following day, the group will transfer to San Jose and will remain there until the conclusion of the program.

While in Panama and Costa Rica, students and staff will be staying in hotels where breakfast will be provided. REMINDER: All visits and activities are tentative and subject to change. Company visits will include the Panama Canal as well as business visits in the areas of hydroelectric energy, tourism, Consulting, agriculture and at least one multinational operating in the region.

Credit Hours and Eligibility

This program is a 2-credit spring course (IBUS-244-001) and standard AU tuition applies. A 3-credit section of the course is also available (IBUS-244-002). Graduate students may register for this course as an independent study and should contact their academic advisor for more information.


Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:


Costs for tuition are based on the number of credits, calculated per the tuition and fee schedule posted on the Student Accounts website.


The program fee of $2,500 includes double occupancy room, ground transportation as part of the program, company site visits, and meals and cultural activities as outlined on the program itinerary. Due to possible exchange rate fluctuations, the final program cost may need to be adjusted and will be confirmed 30–60 days in advance of departure. This program fee is billed to your Student Account, minus a $300 non-refundable deposit which is paid to AU through the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs.


Flights between the US and Panama/Costa Rica are not included in the program fee. Students should not book flights until after registration for the course has closed, and they have received additional specifics from Kogod Global Learning regarding scheduling. Flights between Panama and Costa Rica are included and will be booked by the University.


US citizens will not need a visa for participation on this program, but must hold a passport that is valid at least 6 months beyond the end of stay in Costa Rica. International students may need visas to participate in this program and it is their responsibility to research this requirement and obtain any necessary visas. KSB Global Learning will provide necessary documentation upon request.


Expenses for shopping and personal activities, meals, and local transportation not included in the program itinerary are the student's responsibility. * Financial Aid: Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine coverage and eligibility.


The deadline to register for this program is October 31, 2018. Registration for this course is limited, and is first come, first served. The course may fill before the registration deadline. To reserve your spot, please complete the registration process (steps 1-5 below):


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  1. Complete the registration form: 


  2.  Print and complete the program payment form.  
  3. Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
  4. Deliver items 2 and 3 (along with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB 106.Once your deposit and paperwork have been received, you will be registered IBUS 244 (2 or 3 credits). You will not register yourself. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.


Contact the Office of Global Learning at (202) 885-1940 or email