sao paulo bridge
mexican building with flags flying in front
Christ the Redeemer Statue Rio

Spring 2016 

International Business Experience Course:




“It’s the best way to get a better global understanding of business abroad. The experience was invaluable by adding practicality to theory. Besides the educational benefits, it’s just fun. The whole time you don’t know you are learning.”  -College of Business International Business Experience Student


    • INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Katherine Karl, Professor of Management, UTC College Of Business
    • STUDY TRIP: December 10-18, 2015
    • COURSE MEETING TIMES: Study trip dates listed above and at least one Saturday before and after the study trip.
    • CREDIT:
      • Undergraduate Students- 3 credit-hour course (MGT 4950) that counts as a general business elective
      • Graduate Students- 3-credit hour course (MGT 5000) that counts as MBA or MAcc elective


The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is the world’s fifth largest country. With an estimated population of 202 million in 2014, it is also the world’s fifth most populous country after China, India, the United States and Indonesia. It is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the otherwise Spanish-speaking Americas and the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world.

This course is designed to provide students with a truly real-world experience in which they will gain an understanding of the Brazilian culture and learn firsthand the challenges and opportunities faced by managers in Brazil. Students will also participate in business visits and discussions with Brazilian business leaders, while sharing in a different, and unforgettable cultural experience. This course also provides background on the nature of management in the global context and how cross-cultural differences influence management practices. In addition, we will examine how and why national cultures influence the development and transfer of a wide range of HRM practices including:  staffing, learning and development, performance management, compensation, employee and labor relations, and the management of expatriates.

PREREQUISITES (no prior business coursework required):

Undergraduate Students- 1) Open to any major with at least junior standing, 2) 2.5 minimum GPA

Graduates Students- 3.0 minimum GPA

No foreign language knowledge needed.


Includes business and cultural visits in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Most evenings are free time for students.

COST (approximate):

    • Program fee (approximately $3200)- covers lodging, breakfasts and lunches, flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro local transportation, tour guide, tours and associated admission fees
    • Airfare- (estimated $1100-$1500 from Atlanta)
    • Cost of three-hour credit course (Because of the UTC tuition cap, if you already plan to take 12 undergraduate hours or nine graduate hours in spring 2016, you wouldn’t have to pay for this course’s credit hours.)
    • Financial aid can be used to help pay these related course costs.


STUDY TRIP CALENDAR (Tentative with sample itinerary)



Thursday, December 10
Arrival to Sao Paulo, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Friday, December 11
Sao Paulo Business Visits
Saturday, December 12
Guided Sao Paulo City Tour, Free Time
Sunday, December 13
Sao Paulo Business Visits and/or Cultural Tour 
Monday, December 14
Morning Sao Paulo Business Visit, Afternoon group flight to Rio de Janeiro
Tuesday, December 15
Rio de Janeiro Business Visits
Wednesday, December 16
Rio de Janeiro Business Visits, Guided tour of Christ the Redeemer statue (famous statue overlooking the city of Rio), Group farewell dinner
Thursday, December 17
Morning Visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain, afternoon boat tour of Guanabara Bay and stops at various forts and tourist destinations.
Friday, December 18
Free day in Rio. Evening flight back to U.S.




Submit an Application to Be Considered for this Course:

APPLICATION (Word Version)