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UMD-Spring Break: Nicaragua: Microfinance in Action (BMGT/LASC)

Granada, Nicaragua
Managua, Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Spring Break
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Nicaragua: Microfinance in Action

Join “Microfinance in Action” during Spring Break 2015 and impact real businesses with your business knowledge. In this cours, you will be paired with Nicaraguan students from Universidad Americana, a bilingual business college, to work on consulting projects for local organizations as well as local entrepreneurs. In last year’s course, student teams provided consulting for Opportunity International (a micro lending organization) to develop a generic business plan and market assessment tools. This year, you will work in a team to expand and continue consulting services to other microfinance organizations. You will also extend and continue consulting services to new local entrepreneurs by developing business plans, revising business strategies, and reorganizing business structures. Throughout the program you will also explore Nicaraguan culture through varies excursions to significant sites.

The program is based in Managua, Granada and San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua

You will stay in shared hotel accomodations.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet at the top of this page for specific eligibility requirements.

Please refer to the program cost sheet for a specific breakdown of expenses.

  • Hands-on international consulting with small entrepreneurs
  • Coordination with students from university in Nicaragua

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • BMGT448N Special Topics in Finance: Doing Business in Nicaragua: Microfinance and Social Value Creation
  • LASC448W Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Nicaragua:  Microfinance in Action

Dr. Susan White's research focuses primarily on case writing. Her research on the tax implications of dividend payouts was featured in the Journal of Financial Research. Her cases have been published in textbook case supplements, in a bankruptcy case book and in the Journal of Financial Education and the International Journal of Financial Education. She has conducted executive education seminars and provided consulting services in the field of financial management to a variety of educational institutions and corporations.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact the appropriate EA Advisor. For information about business programs and credit, please contact Claudia Donnelly.

This program may be bookmarked at:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2015 10/11/2014 10/11/2014 03/13/2015 03/22/2015
The application deadline for this program has been extended to the date shown above. Admission to this program is on a competitive basis. Applications will be reviewed between the application deadline ("last day to apply") and the decision date shown above. Education Abroad will send admissions notifications on or after the decision date.