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  • Locations: Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
  • Restrictions: SPU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: International Business
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Apartment Minimum GPA: 3.0
Number of Credits: 15
Program Description:
 

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International Business in Europe 
Spring Quarter, 2020

 


Program Overview

The Rome-Prague-Paris study abroad program in International Business provides a rich, cross-cultural experience studying how business is practiced in 3 different European countries. To understand why business is conducted differently we will explore the underlying historical, cultural, political and economic conditions shaping each country's business practices. We’ll spend 3 weeks living and studying in each city. The quarter-long, immersive experience will develop cultural awareness and sensitivity, as well as enhance cross-cultural communication abilities. This 15-credit program fulfills a concentration in International Business for students majoring in Business Administration.

Dr. Franz has lived and traveled extensively in Europe. As an organizational sociologist he studies how business organizations and practices are shaped by their social and cultural contexts. He is excited to lead this program, exploring and experiencing business in 3 contrasting cities. 
 
NOTE: Program limited to 20 students. Preference will be given to Business Administration majors.

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Academics

The quarter-long study-abroad is comprised of 3 classes:

BUS 3830 (A): International Business Seminar: Business practices in Italy-- Understanding the cultural, historical, political and economic context of doing business in Rome.  (5-credits; can count towards International Business concentration. Recommended preparation: BUS 2000; BUS 3828)

BUS 3830 (B): International Business Seminar: Business practices in Czech Republic-- Understanding the cultural, historical, political and economic context of doing business in Prague.  (5-credits; can count towards International Business concentration. Recommended preparation: BUS 2000; BUS 3828)

BUS 3830 (C): International Business Seminar: Business practices in France-- Understanding the cultural, historical, political and economic context of doing business in Paris.  (5-credits; can count towards International Business concentration. Recommended preparation: BUS 2000; BUS 3828)

Preference for admittance to this program will be given to Business Administration majors.

NOTE: In anticipation of these Spring quarter classes, students will be expected to attend 6 weekly pre-departure sessions during Winter quarter 2017. These will cover the required planning orientation topics, a travel-writing workshop to train students to keep a journal capturing their experiences, observations and insights (not just a laundry-list of sights seen). Journals will serve as raw material for final papers.  This pre-departure “class” will also introduce the comparative cultural framework we’ll use to study the practices in each location. In this way, some of the required reading and course content will be “front-loaded” before the program begins. Thirdly, during these sessions, you will choose a business-related theme or topic you'd like to investigate in each country. You will be expected to conduct preliminary library research prior to departure in order to provide the foundation for your in-country data-gathering.  

Itinerary

Spring Quarter, 2018
Depart USA March 29 to arrive in Rome on March 29

Rome - March 29 - April 19
  • Orientation, walking tour of Rome, welcome meal and SOS Italian language Seminar
  • SPU courses meet at CEA Rome Study Center
  • Briefing at US Embassy regarding economic and political situation in Italy
  • Visit to the Vatican with discussion of Catholic Social Teaching about business
  • Guided tour of the Forum and Colosseum focusing on the economics of ancient Rome
  • Tour of Parliament/Senate or Stock-Exchange
  • Guest lecture by Ex-pat manager about working in Italy
  • 2-3 site-visits to local businesses
  • Cultural Activities including: Italian cooking workshop, Bike ride on Appian Way, Pizza & Gelato Crawl, Evening at the Opera or Ballet
  • Group Farewell Meal    Prague - April 19 - May 10Orientation, walking tour of Prague, welcome meal, and Intro to Czech Language & Culture Seminar
  • SPU courses meet at CEA Prague Center or Anglo American University
  • Briefing at US Embassy regarding economic and political situation in Czech Republic
  • Visit to the Museum of Communism
  • Guided tour of Prague Castle, Cathedral and Parliament
  • Guest lecture by Ex-pat manager about working in Czech Republic
  • Site-visit to Impact Hub to meet social-entrepreneurs and their start-ups.
  • Day trip to Skoda factory and classic car museum
  • Day trip to Staropramen Brewery to learn about business in pre- and post-Communist era.
  • Cultural Activities including: Czech cooking workshop, National Galley Exhibition, Evening classical music, boat-trip around city.
  • Group Farewell Meal
Prague - April 19 - May 10
  • Orientation, walking tour of Prague, welcome meal, and Intro to Czech Language & Culture Seminar
  • SPU courses meet at CEA Prague Center or Anglo American University
  • Briefing at US Embassy regarding economic and political situation in Czech Republic
  • Visit to the Museum of Communism
  • Guided tour of Prague Castle, Cathedral and Parliament
  • Guest lecture by Ex-pat manager about working in Czech Republic
  • Site-visit to Impact Hub to meet social-entrepreneurs and their start-ups.
  • Day trip to Skoda factory and classic car museum
  • Day trip to Staropramen Brewery to learn about business in pre- and post-Communist era.
  • Cultural Activities including: Czech cooking workshop, National Galley Exhibition, Evening classical music, boat-trip around city.
  • Group Farewell Meal   
 
Paris - May 10- May 31
  • Orientation, Boat tour of the city, welcome meal, and Survival French & Cultural Adaptation Seminar
  • SPU courses meet at CEA Paris Study Center
  • Briefing at US Embassy regarding economic and political situation in France
  • Guided tour of Louvre focusing on the portrayal of commerce in Art through history
  • Tour of Stock Exchange
  • Meeting with local entrepreneur about starting a business in Paris (SPU alumnae)
  • Session at Social Business Institute
  • 2 site-visits to local companies
  • Day trip to Deauville and Trouville
  • Cultural activities such as: French cooking class, 2 additional activities, examples may include a performance, festival, etc.
  • Group Farewell Meal
Program ends May 31

Housing and meals

For the duration of the program, students will be housed in shared apartments. There are typically four to seven students per apartment; some apartments may have up to eight students. While students will find some aspects of these buildings comparable to what they have experienced in the USA, it is important to keep in mind that buildings and apartments in Europe are older, smaller and will have some "character", but not necessarily all the comforts of home.

Accommodations are typically equipped with Wi-fi, but is not guaranteed in all bedrooms, and service may be sporadic. Accommodations are in close proximity to convenient metro and bus lines. Classes may be located within 20-30 minutes walking distance or by public transportation.

Most meals are not included, so students should plan for their own meal expenses. We estimate that you should budget for approximately $300 per week for meals and groceries. There are plenty of affordable restaurant options nearby, as well as local markets to purchase fresh produce and groceries to prepare your own meals. All apartments have fully-equipped (including pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cups, and glasses) kitchens with refrigerator and stove; washing machine; and bathrooms. Bed linens are included. Towels are not included.

More information on exact locations will be provided as we confirm our accommodations and a complete itinerary will be given to you prior to departure.


 


 

Cost
International Business in Europe Program Costs
Estimated Program Fee for Spring 2018 Credits
$17,250 + $300 Confirmation Deposit (Admin Fee) 15
Program fee includes:
  • All lodging
  • Approximately 6 group meals
  • Excursions, site visits, guided tours, and activities related to course study
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program
  • Tuition for 15 credits
  • Local transportation passes in each city (metro)

Not included in program fee:
  • Meals:  Approximately $200 per week
  • Roundtrip airfare: $1,200 - $1,500
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) - varies
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance - varies

Students on the Business in Europe program are eligible for financial aid. Before applying, check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility.
 

Booking Flights

To give students the flexibility to travel before or after the program, shop for cheap airfares, or use frequent flier miles, we do not include flights in the program fee. It will be each student's responsibility to book their own flights.

Please do not book your flights to Rome until you have been instructed by the study abroad office to do so. We will give you the exact dates and pre-arranged arrival time so that we can coordinate airport transportation. You will be notified after all students have been accepted to the program and your place has been confirmed. As a courtesy, we will identify a 'preferred' flight that students may book through SPU's travel agent or on their own. Specific information about flights will be provided in your study abroad account. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive in Rome and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing.

If you choose to arrive early and not meet at the airport at the designated time, you will be responsible for your own transportation into the city to meet the group. We will give you instructions on how to get to the meeting point. 

After the program is over, many students choose to stay in Rome or travel independently in Europe. Return airport transportation is not included in the program fees, so you will need to plan accordingly. There are inexpensive options to get to the aiport, and during the program you will be advised on the best options.

Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, 

Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.

Here are some helpful sites for finding flights:

STA
Student Universe
Kayak
Expedia


 

 

randyfranz

Randal Franz, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Email: rfranz@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2729
Office: McKenna Hall 203

Dr. Franz has been teaching at SPU since 1991. During that time he has been the faculty sponsor/leader on 2 SPRINT trips to Uganda/Kenya and Lithuania. He also taught a summer session for SPU business students in Oxford in 2004 and accompanied a group of SPU students to Vienna while teaching at the International University while on sabbatical there in 2004-5. He is excited to share his love of travel and his appreciation for cross-cultural experiences with students who share his interest in business.

Dr. Franz has lived in and traveled extensively around Europe for many years. He has also spent time in each study-abroad city making connections, scouting locations and laying the groundwork for this program. The International Business in Europe program will be hosted by CEA, and their staff in each city are "locals" who know the community, speak the language (as well as English), and have a deep understanding of the issues and logistics of supporting students who are studying abroad. Together we have planned a rich experience and exposure to the business practices in each city.


 
 
 
For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office
 



This program is currently not accepting applications.