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  • Locations: Dajabon, Dominican Republic; Montecristi, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Maymester/Early Summ
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Scholarship Available: Yes Program Type: Education Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 2.5 (Undergrad) Service Learning: Yes
Graduate or Undergraduate: Undergraduate Education Abroad Programs by College: Coles College of Business
Payable Account Code: 8456
Program Description:
Coles Scholars International Immersion ~ Nicaragua
**This program is ONLY open to students selected to be Coles College of Business Scholars**

**The Application Deadline is February 1st**

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Program Description

This program is only available to the students selected to be Coles College of Business Scholars.  This is a cohort program.

Students will participate in a two week international immersion program in Nicaragua. The students will be working with the Social Entrepreneur Corps. Social Entrepreneur Corps is a social enterprise that leads innovative and dynamic international programs in Nicaragua. Students work in the field supporting the creation, development, growth and impact of social innovations focused on intelligently and sustainably alleviating poverty. Student participants create sustainable impact in the field while gaining the perspectives, skills and knowledge to become the social entrepreneurs of the future. Students work directly with the local communities and live with local families in their homes. The students will work on a variety of economic and educational development programs. The exact program will be determined prior to our arrival based on the immediate needs of the community. Students will be working in the Solola Project located near Lake Atitlan based on needs analysis.

Students will utilize leadership and team skills learned in their scholar's program and use their critical thinking and decision making tools to solve problems and develop opportunities for the local community. Through this active participation in an international experience, students will gain an understanding of the cultural challenges and opportunities faced by organizations working in a global environment.
Program Dates (subject to change)

May 10 – 24, 2018

Pre-Departure Dates (subject to change)
  • Students must also attend one of the Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation Conferences on either March 25th or April 22nd

Itinerary: 50 Faculty Proposal - Itinerary Template - 2018 Nicaragua.xlsx

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Program Cost (subject to change)

$2,838. The program cost along with additional costs incurred by the Coles College of Business Scholars Program includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Nicaragua, local transportation, accommodations, group excursions, emergency health insurance, and most meals. Students are responsible for vaccinations (if applicable), cost of passport application, cost of ground transport to and from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, tips, incidental expenses, souvenirs, or drinks that are not a part of regular meals. 

***Tuition is not included in the program cost.  Tuition is paid separately. ***

***Note:  All KSU Students are eligible for the Global Learning Scholarship. If eligible, the Global Learning Scholarship will be applied to your payment.  For more information, please see the Global Learning Scholarship subheading below**

For more information on the Global Learning Scholarship, please visit

For information about scholarships available for this program please visit our website.

Global Learning Scholarship

***All KSU students are eligible to receive a KSU Global Learning Scholarship.  There are eligibility requirements so please visit the website below***

In order to receive scholarship, students MUST complete the Global Learning Scholarship online application:
  • Maymester/Early Summer 2017 Programs: January 15th - March 15th
  • The award for this program is $1,200.00.*
  • *As of 1/19/18, students exempt from paying the Global Learning Fee are eligible for the scholarship, however the award amount for exempt students is $100 less than the amount awarded to students who pay the fee. This includes 100% e-learners, students 62 of age and over, and off-campus sites, such as Paulding or Cobb Galleria.

***Please see for more details.***

Emerson Scholarship for the Advancement of International Education

The Emerson Scholarship provides financial assistance to support students who desire to participate in a Kennesaw State summer education abroad program outside of Western Europe,  that includes a formal community engagement component. Recipients are awarded up to $2000 that will be applied directly towards the fees associated with their education abroad program.

Minimum 3.0 GPA required
Must be a full-time undergraduate student
Must be able to demonstrate financial need
Application deadline is November 15, 2017

Click here to apply for the Emerson Scholarship.


Two students will stay together in a local home. All home stay families are trained by Social Entrepreneurs Corps and have been involved with the program for several years. These families understand the needs of the participants and specific expectations of them. The home stay is an essential step in helping students gain an understanding of how local people live and work.  All students will have a cellphone provided to them upon arrival. The students will be in a homestay for 4 nights, and 10 nights in a hotel. 

Safety & Security (Physical Assessment Form)

Faculty members will hold several orientations prior to traveling which will be used to discuss how to prepare for your trip and safety and health information.
Social Entrepreneur Corps places the highest priority on health and security issues. To date, Social Entrepreneur Corps has been fortunate in that no participants have suffered from any notable health or security problems. Social Entrepreneur Corps continuously maintains leadership in the field with participants to oversee security and health issues continuously. These leaders live and work in the communities and as such have deep knowledge regarding their regions. All participants are equipped with a cell phone upon arrival in country, check in with the proper authorities and are provided with the training and information necessary to appropriately minimize health and security risks. Leadership is available on a 24 hour basis and has a full database of health facilities and police stations/contacts. In addition, Social Entrepreneur Corps maintains strong relationships with the Peace Corps.

Social Entrepreneurship Corps Country Overview

62 EAO Physical Assessment Form_Scholars 2018.pdf- Necessary for Medical Clearance!

State Department:

Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Division of Global Affairs' Advisory Regarding Zika Virus


Students will take CSCH 4030 and receive three credit hours for an upper division business course. 

CSCH 4030: International Immersion, 3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  This course is exclusively for students enrolled in the Coles College Scholars Program and is part of a 5 course sequence of classes. CSCH4010 and CSCH4020 are prior to this course. Special selected topics of interest to faculty and students.

View the Previous Year's Syllabus
***NOTE: All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this program. If taking this course for graduate credit, students must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. **

Pre-Departure Orientation Conference

KSU students participating in this education abroad program are required to attend the Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation Conference.  This conference is designed to inform students about a variety of critical pre-departure concepts and other important themes, ranging from cross-cultural content to practical safety information all students should know when traveling abroad.

For more information on the PreDOC including registration, please click here.  (

Application Deadline

February 1, 2018
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application.

Important notes:
  • You will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid the deposit and completed your application!
  • All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this program.

Faculty Contacts

Dr. Stuart Napshin
Associate Professor of Management
Dr. Justin Cochran
Assistant Professor of Information Systems

**To make an appointment to speak with the Education Abroad Program Coordinator for this program, please email Katie Emslie at**
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Faculty Background

Dr. Stuart Napshin has traveled to Guatemala and the locations of the study abroad approximately 6 times.  As part of the 2017 study abroad, he was a participating faculty member.

Dr. Justin Cochran has traveled to Guatemala as the Faculty Director and as a Participating Faculty member approximately 4 times.



All application deposits are non-refundable, except in the case of:

*Program cancellation by Kennesaw State University
*A wait-listed student who is not added into the program
*A student who has applied to one education abroad program and clearly notifies the Education Abroad Office--in writing and prior to the application deadline--of his/her desire change the application to an alternate KSU program

Refunds for application deposits will be issued in the same form of payment originally used for purchase.  Please be sure to retain all account information used for purchase and notify the Education Abroad Office (EAO) in advance if there is a problem with your account.  The EAO will not be responsible for refunds sent to closed accounts.


Upon registration for the KSU faculty-led education abroad academic course(s), the designated program fee, which is separate from tuition, is charged to the student's account.  The student has up to one month to pay the program fee in full, following a specific payment schedule. Failure to pay the program fee in full by the stated deadline may result in deletion from the program.

All program fees are non-refundable. In all cases, the student will only receive recoverable fees, subject to the rules/policies of external service providers.  Any such refund will not include the initial application fee and will not be issued until after the education abroad program is completed.


Program fees do not include tuition.  Payment and refund of tuition will follow the normal processes establish by the Offices of the Registrar and Bursar.  Students wishing to withdraw from any study abroad program or course must submit their request in writing through the Education Abroad Office.


This program is currently not accepting applications.