Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE): Alajuela
Fall Semester: Late August – December
Spring Semester: Early January – Mid-May
Application and Admissions
To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.
To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:
- A current student enrolled in a Carlson School Part-Time MBA or MA-HRIR program
- In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Additional criteria may apply
- The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation
INCAE, founded in 1964 through an initiative driven by the Central American business community and modeled after Harvard Business School, is regularly ranked as the top MBA program in Latin America. Students and faculty come from more than 15 different nations to collaborate in its mission to promote a better Central America and move collectively toward a successful future for all of the Americas. INCAE is dedicated to preparing international managers with a global viewpoint committed to furthering the advancement of environmental sustainability and responsible green business.
Housing is arranged and all students live a short walking distance from the classrooms, library, and cafeteria. The campus is a small community and housing facilities have four bedrooms each with a total of eight students per house. Exchange students accompanied by a partner or spouse can live in separate housing if they wish.
Cost estimate (Summary)
These may vary based on student preference and exchange rate. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.
*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.
**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.
Academics and credits
Up to 14 S/N
Students in the program receive up to 14 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5300) credits for their semester in Costa Rica. Students will need to complete a total of 7 course credits at INCAE in order to confer the credits.
Semesters at INCAE are broken into two modules, and students finish one set of courses and start anew after a short break. A short sample of courses offered includes:
- Entrepreneurial Financing
- Service Management
- Joint Ventures in Latin America
- Operations Strategy
- Financial Institutions and Capital Markets
- Microeconomics and Development
Current Carlson School tuition and fees
Transportation (to and from program site)
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization, additional health insurance)
Books and Materials
Room and/or Board
Essential Daily Living Expenses
$5,700 plus tuition and fees