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  • Locations: Puerto Varas, Chile; San Pedro de Atacama, Chile; Santiago, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: January Term
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  • Program Sponsor: UMAIE 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Sustainability Through A Business Lens: People, Planet and Profits in Chile 


This course will explore the role of business and other stakeholders in addressing opportunities and challenges related to sustainability in Chile

Program Locations Travel Dates On-Campus Dates
Santiago, Chile
Puerto Varas, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
January 3 - 21, 2019 There will be online assignments due both before and after travel through D2L

There is a MANDATORY Study Abroad Orientation on November 17, 2018

Academic Overview

Students will explore the role of business and other stakeholders in addressing opportunities and challenges related to sustainability in Chile. This topic is addressed in four unique regions of Chile during their summertime– the urban environment of Santiago, the beautiful outdoors of Patagonia, the coastal areas of Vina del Mar/Valparaiso, and the stunning northern desert area of San Pedro de Atacama. Students will learn about sustainability through a business framework called the Triple Bottom Line. This holistic framework considers the social and environmental implication of doing business as well as the financial aspects, to evaluate their performance. Course learning includes individual research, team collaboration, and onsite meetings with business leaders. Students will also learn from government officials, academic thought leaders, and representatives from non-government organizations. Global and regional perspectives on issues including renewable energy, climate change, water scarcity, access to raw materials, and health and wellness will be examined.

Program Fee/Cost
Estimated Program Cost Included in Program Cost *Tuition Notice
Estimated Range: $8,240 - $8,540

The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018

There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st.  Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
  • Transportation
  • course arrangements
  • hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms,
  • continental breakfast daily,
  • two lunches and two dinners (subject to change).
For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition.  The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Equivalency
BUSI 2502: Global Business or BUSI 4754 Business Practicum, Upper Level Marketing Course

Required Readings
  • Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston
  • Talent, Transformation, and the Triple Bottom Line by Andrew Savitz & Karl Weber

  • Readings on the history of Chile, B-Corporations, and Sustainability Reports (3M, Port of Valparaiso, Center for Business Sustainability)
  • Shared Value and Who Owns the Long Term? Perspectives from Global Business Leaders by Michael Porter (Harvard Business Review, July 2007)
Students will also read relevant marketing and management related articles tied to daily activities


10% Pre-Trip Journal
30% Major Journal
25% Synthesis Paper
15% Group project/presentation
20% Class participation

Program Directors

Mary Henderson, St. Catherine University (651) 690.8876, email:
Sarah Rand, St. Catherine University (651) 690.6986, email:

Description of Faculty Directors
Mary Hender Dr. Henderson is a Management, Sales, and Marketing faculty member in undergraduate Business and MBA programs at St. Catherine University.  Mary focused her fall 2014 sabbatical on developing global studies opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.  Mary has participated in several study abroad experiences in Australia and Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden) that focused on sustainability and green business.  Mary is also co-author of Start Your Career Staging Your Internship Success. This is her second time instructing this course.
Tashe Rennels Dr. Rand is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at St. Catherine University. She teaches marketing, management and international business courses and has incorporated significant projects focused on sustainability. Research expertise focused on how company-sponsored women's networks can be designed to positively influence women's career advancement and organizational success. This is her second time co-instructing this course.
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Application Procedures & Deadline
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  • All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact: Prof. Mary Henderson
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.