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  • Locations: Georgetown, Guyana; Linden, Guyana
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Business Administration, Ecology, Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management, International Business Housing Options: Hotels
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Number of Credits: 3 Credit Hours Courses Offered: BSAD 491
Course Credit: UNL Credit UNL Sponsor(s): Business
Experience Type: study abroad Program Type: Faculty-Led
Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Colin Ramsay, J. Kalu Osiri Education Abroad Coordinator(s): Caitlin Naberhaus
Program Sponsor(s): University of Guyana Academic Level: 01 - Freshman, 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior, 05 - Graduate or Professional Student
Global Gateway Priority Country: No UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s): 2016-2017
Program Description:


Program Highlights

  • Build consulting skills by creating a comprehensive ecotourism plan and presenting it to government officials in Guyana
  • Apply business concepts in real life while visiting key local sites in the rum, rice and sugar industries
  • Gain an understanding of Guyana's history and how the country balances its indigenous communities with sustainable economic development
  • Explore Guyana's famous Kaieteur Falls and Iwokrama Canopy Walkway in the middle of its rich and picturesque environment


Course of Study

Business and non-business students will be presented with a relevant project to a selected community in Guyana. During the semester, students will research Guyana's general history and environment so that during the trip they are able to present a full ecotourism plan to government officials.

Course Credit

Students will earn three credit hours for this program of BSAD 491. Dr. Kalu Osiri is the instructor for the course, consisting of pre-departure preparations and post-travel assessment. Dr. Ramsay will lead the student group to Guyana and oversee the program on the ground.


All undergraduate and graduate students with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA can apply to this program. Students will be interviewed by the faculty leaders prior to receiving an admissions decision.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Colin Ramsay is the E.J. Faulkner Professor of Actuarial Science. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, and his BSc from City University, London. His teaching interests include life contingencies, pension, risk theory, and foundation of property and casualty insurance. His research interests focus on risk theory, pensions, health and disability insurance, and micro insurance. He has earned the professional designation of Associateship of the Society of Actuaries. Dr. Ramsay will be accompanying the group to Guyana.

Dr. J. Kalu Osiri is the Director of International Business at UNL. On a mission to develop students into global leaders, he has led exciting, high-impact global immersion programs while a faculty member at Washington State University to China, Morocco, Span, France and Italy. In 2016, he created and led his first program for UNL, leading a group of business and engineering students to Uganda, for which he was awarded UNL Education Abroad's Most Innovative Program of the Year. Later that year, he led another multidisciplinary group of students to tackle a sustainable entrepreneurship project in Panama. In 2017, he co-led another group  that developed an eco-tourism plan for the Office of the Vice Presidency, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Indigenous People in Guyana. Dr. Osiri has traveled in every continent, except Antarctica, for both personal and professional purposes. Dr. Osiri will be teaching the associated course, but will not be accompanying the group to Guyana

Dr. Colin Ramsay,, (402) 472-5823
Dr. Kalu Osiri,, (402) 472-2183



Guyana is located on the northeastern shoulder of South America and is the only English-speaking country on the continent. Guyana is rich in mineral resources including gold, diamond, aluminum, and bauxite. One of its most valued natural assets is its forests, which have on of the highest biodiversity rates in the world. Its species richness and pristine forests offer the opportunity for students to explore the unique collection of flora and fauna. Students will spend most of their time in Linden, the second biggest city in Guyana, and Georgetown, the capital city. They will also have time to visit the world's largest single-drop waterfall, Kaiser Falls, and other idyllic conservation sites.

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Students will travel to and from Guyana as a group. Deviation from the group will not be permitted.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay in shared rooms in hotels.
MEALS in COUNTRY: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: Students will be provided with all in-country transportation. Transportation to/from U.S. airports not included.
ACCESS TO LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will most likely have access to laundry facilities at the hotels. More info coming soon!
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will most likely have access to WiFi at the hotels. More info coming soon!
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. U.S. Citizens will not require a visa for entry into the Guyana. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: February 1, 2018 (*deadline subject to change)
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: A Medic will be on staff at the locations in the hinterland. In Georgetown, students will have access to all available medical facilities. Students are advised to bring their own personal medications. Students are advised to visit UNL's Health Center Travel Clinic to see what specific vaccinations may be required. Students with mobility challenges may experience additional challenges navigating the paths in the rainforest and other areas. Early identification of students with mobility challenges will allow for accommodation planning.


No Till

See the budget sheet and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website. 



Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $1000 commitment deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The $1000 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deposit payment will be due on November 13, 2017.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships

Additional Resources

U.S. Department of State: Travel

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana

Guyanese Embassy in the U.S.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 11/06/2017 ** Rolling Admission 03/17/2018 03/25/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.