What is the Asia Business Study Abroad?
Since Marco Polo's visit in the 1260's, travelers have been drawn to the mysterious and fascinating cultures of Asia. Today, Asia is home to some of the world's largest cities and most vibrant economies. During on-site business visits, you will learn about branding, marketing, supply chain, finance, trade policy, human resources, and business strategy directly from business professionals and government officials in multiple markets & countries.
Excursions to important locations of cultural and historical significance support academic content and provide personal insight into the diverse cultures and people of Asia. As you broaden your global awareness, your understanding of cross-national business strategy builds a marketable base of experience.
Previous participants noted: "...helped me grow & understand international business & culture so much better" and "...I grew to love Asian people and cultures much more than planned." The program is open to all qualified students, and is especially designed for undergraduate business majors and minors wanting to personally experience and see some of the most fascinating economies and markets in the world -- ASIA beckons you!
Students will visit leading companies throughout Asia. Possible company visits include:
Japan: Toyota, Tokyo Star Bank, Motomachi Motors, Deutsche Bank
China: Mercedes, Chrysler, Alibab, General Motors, US Embassy, American Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart Global Sourcing
Thailand: Mattel, Chase Bank, Boutique Hospital, local call centers
Singapore: Micron, Port of Singapore, American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore Science Center
Hong Kong: Disney, Marriott International, Excel Logistics, Hong Kong Green Manufacturing Alliance, Chinese University of HK
In addition to visiting businesses, students will experience important cultural and historic sites of Asia
Japan: Ancient temples of Kyoto (Kiyomizu, Kinkaku-ji, & Sanjusangendo), Nijo Castle, Tsukiji Market, Tokyo Tower, the Diet, Gion & Ginza districts
China: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, West Lake, Lingyin, The Bund, Pearl Tower, Yuyuan Gardens, Museum of Art
We also plan to visit either the Hong Kong, Taipei, or Tokyo LDS temple.
Academic Program Details
Students will receive 6 credit hours (3 credit hours each) for:
BusM 430: Introduction to International Business
BusM 490R: Special Topics in International Business
This program will fulfill course and foreign experience requirements for the Global Management Certificate offered by the Marriott School.
J. Troy Carpenter is a research associate and computing specialist in the Finance Department of the Marriott School. He was the director of the 2011 Asia Business Study Abroad Program. During his professional career in the semi-conductor industry he spent several years conducting business in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. He lived in Nagoya, Japan with his family and has a passion for the Japanese culture and cuisine. Mr. Carpenter received his MBA from Brigham Young University.
Preparation for Study Abroad
All students who are accepted into the program are expected to register for a one-credit pre-departure preparation class held Wednesday evenings from 4-6 p.m. during second block of Winter semester 2012
Part-time BYU students and non-BYU student will need to pay an additional $250 tuition fee for enrolling in the required pre-departure class.
Where do Students Stay?
Students will stay in hotels or hostels. All housing and travel will be arranged by BYU international Study Programs.
What Funding Sources are Available?
Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to Business Study Abroad Programs.
Students who submit the financial aid section of the International Study Programs (ISP) application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office will be considered for a study abroad scholarship awarded through the Kennedy Center.
Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may assist: kennedy.byu.edu/isp.
“The Asia Business Study Abroad
was so fun! We had
great experiences in tons of
countries and with lots of diverse
people. Every student should
experience a study abroad.”
"The Asia business study abroad was a one-of-a-kind learning adventure. It provided hands--on international business experience but still allowed time for fun and sight-seeing."
"It was exciting! It was one of the most beneficial things I’ve done in my life. I look back on it every day and don’t regret a moment of it!"
Business Management, Finance
Complete the online application at kennedy.byu.edu/isp/online/app.
Application deadline: 7 December 2012
Early applications are encouraged.
Applicants will be contacted for an interview by the director or the GMC.
Students from all majors on campus may apply; however, preference is given to business majors and minors.
ISP and the GMC reserve the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.
How Much Does This Study Abroad Cost?
Students need to pay the $25 ISP application fee. After acceptance into the program, students will be expected to the estimated $6,500–$6,800 program fee. BYU requires each student leaving campus to get HTH Worldwide health insurance, however this fee is included in the program fee. Undergraduate tuition, airfare, group tours, accommodations, visa fees, medical insurance, and approximately one-third of all meals are included in the program fee.
Students will be responsible for the remaining meals, and any other educational and personal expenses incurred during the program.