What is the Europe Business Study Abroad?
The 2014 Europe Business Study Abroad program promises to be an amazing experience for students interested in international business. We will visit companies, governmental organizations, and historical sites in several countries. The program is designed to expose students to a wide variety of peoples, places, and policies that influence business and international trade. Although this program clearly has a business focus, the people and places we will visit will fascinate students from across campus who have an interest in international affairs.
Visits to a variety of businesses, historical sites, and EU and UN offices will provide students with a well-rounded perspective on the influences that shape international business. Historical site visits will be especially helpful in expanding students’ appreciation of the forces that have shaped European culture and thought.
We will also enjoy some of the spectacular natural beauty of France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. In these areas we will get to meet people who still enjoy very distinctive cultures. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of European attitudes about food, culture, and the business environment. This study abroad will help students become better world citizens with greater understanding and respect for our European neighbors.
We will visit a variety of companies throughout Western Europe. Possible company visits include:
- • England—Bank of England and BP
• France—Paris Disneyland and Unilever
• Italy—Barilla Pasta, U. S. Embassy, Maserati, and Ducati
• Germany—BMW and KPMG
• Switzerland—Credit Suisse and SwisCom
Our visits to cultural and historic sites add an important dimension to our study of business in Europe. In each city students will have ample time to visit the places that make these cities famous. The Louvre in Paris and the Academia in Florence are favorite places for students to see some of the world’s greatest works of art.
The Program will also have several significant site visits. Possible visits include:
- • England—Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben
• France—Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, Champs Elysees, Louvre, and Beaches of Normandy
• Italy—Michelangelo’s “David,” the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel,
Colosseum, Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Cathedral
• Belgium— Brugge
• Germany—Dachau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Rhine River Valley
Academic Program Details
- Students will receive six credit hours: BusM 430: Intro to International Business (3 credits) and BusM 490R: Special Topics in International Business (3 credits).
- This program will fulfill course and foreign experience requirements for the Global Management Certificate offered by the Marriott School.
Dr. Mark Hansen, Strategy Group, the Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy. He earned his Ph.D. from the Texas A&M University. He has traveled with student groups to Europe and South America.
Preparation for Study Abroad
- All students who are accepted into the program are expected to register for a one credit, pre-departure preparation class during the second block of Winter Semester 2015.
- Part-time BYU students and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional $250 tuition fee for enrolling in the required pre-departure class.
Where do Students Live?
Students will stay in hotels. 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: http://kennedy.byu.edu/student/scholarships.php.
- Complete the online application at https://kennedy.byu.edu/isp/online/app/home.php.
- Application deadline: 20 January 2015
- Early applications are encouraged.
- 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 a $25 ISP application fee. After acceptance into the program, students will be expected to pay an estimated program fee of $6,500-6,800. This fee includes all airfare, tuition, accommodations, travel within Europe, required international health insurance, group tours and approximately one-third of all meals. Students are responsible for remaining meals and any personal expenses such as souvenirs, public transportation, museums, theatres, and other attractions.