Business Development Study Trip in Brazil

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Saturday, March 23, 2019
Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative
Type of Travel: 
Travel Course
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Program Director(s): 

The objective for this course id for students to develop knowledge and skills in international business development through experiential learning. Students will act as a consulting team for three to four early stage U.S agricultural technology businesses, assessing the market potential for their products in Brazil and creating a roadmap for developing their businesses there. They will interact heavily with the agricultural technology businesses, government and trade organizations, and Brazilian agricultural businesses and farms. The students will apply their knowledge to the final deliverable, a business development analysis for each agricultural technology business for Brazil.

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Work with agricultural technology startups to gather secondary research and background information pertinent to developing a business in Brazil
  • Identify the sectors and geographies of Brazilian agriculture most relevant to developing a business
  • Create a business development analysis for each agricultural technology startup with a roadmap for creating of a viable sales pipeline

Participant Selection Criteria:

  • Open to all majors offered in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Preference will be given to students classified as juniors or seniors

Note:  Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office

Course Information

You will earn a total of 3 credits for ECON 496 during Spring 2019 semester

  • ECON 496- This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component.
  • For Pre-departure part of the course, class will meet during the spring semester at a location and time TBD. This course will
    • Set the tone for the program
    • Discuss academic portion 
    • Lay out expectations and procedures 
    • Answer your questions and concerns
    • Cover topics about itinerary, accommodation, meals, safety, health, logistics, travel documents, finances and more.
  • Travel portion of the course will take place during Spring Break.

 Students must take both the on campus course and complete the travel component.

Program Fee
$2,000 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, CISI health insurance, in-country arrangements charged directly to U-bill)

Other Fees
$105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU (charged directly to U-bill)

Out of Pocket Expenses
$300 vaccines and preventative medicines
$200 personal expenses
$175 passport and mailing*
$150 miscellaneous

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

There are study abroad scholarships available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad office in 0018 Curtiss Hall. Scholarship application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the study abroad program application. Application deadline for Spring term scholarship applications is November 1, 2018

Other Scholarship Resources

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline of November 1, 2018.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation.
  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision.

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Tentative Program Itinerary

Thursday, March 14
Depart from Des Moines International Airport

Friday, March 15
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Saturday, March 16
Rio de Janeiro
Local sightseeing and touring

Sunday, March 17
Depart Rio de Janeiro for Sao Paulo, Brazil via plane

Monday, March 18
Sao Paulo

Tuesday, March 19
Depart Sao Paulo for Mato Grosso via plane

Wednesday, March 20
Mato Grosso

Thursday, March 21
Mato Grosso

Friday, March 22
Mato Grosso

Saturday, March 23
Depart Mato Grosso for U.S via plane

Sunday, March 24
Arrive in Des Moines