Mostar, Bosnia

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Valbona, Albania

Valbonia, Albania 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren, Kosovo 

Spring 2020

International Business Experience Course:

DOING BUSINESS IN THE BALKANS 

  

“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. Beni Asllani, Professor of Management, UTC College Of Business

STUDY TRIP DATES: May 3-15, 2020

  • Undergraduate Business Students- 3 credit-hour course (MGT 4950) that counts as a general business elective or towards international business course requirements for most majors.
  • Graduate Business Students- 3-credit hour course (MGT 5950 or PMBA 5950) that counts as MBA General Track or MAcc General Track elective.
  • Students Outside of College of Business: Graduate students sign up for MGT 5950 or PMBA 5950 and undergraduate students sign up for MGT 4950. Check with your major advisor for more information about how this course could count towards your major or program's curriculum requirements. If your advisor or graduate coordinator needs a copy of the course syllabus, contact COBInternational@utc.edu.   

During the past decade, the Balkans region has made tremendous progress, moving from war to peace, from disintegration to cooperative development, and has implemented democratic and economic reforms on the path to a Euro-Atlantic future. This course will focus on creating an understanding of the economic, political, cultural and social factors in the Balkans. During the international trip, several countries will be explored and considered as a business location, including Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, & Montenegro.

This course is designed to provide students with a truly real-world experience in international business, where they will gain an understanding of the Balkan culture and learn the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Balkans. Students will also participate in business visits and discussions with business leaders and professors, while exploring the story of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, & Montenegro, with all of their intrigue, rich culture, diverse architecture, and beautiful nature.

*No prior business coursework required.*

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

Graduates Students- 1) Open to students from any program, 2) 3.0 minimum GPA

No foreign language knowledge needed.

Includes business, university, and cultural visits.  Cities visited include Kruja, Shkodra, Tirana, Vlabona (Albania); Blagaj, Mostar, Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina); Dubrovnik (Croatia); Prizren (Kosovo); Ohrid, Skopje (Macedonia), & Kotor,  Podgorica (Montenegro).

Most evenings are free time for students.

    • Program fee-(TBA)- covers lodging, breakfasts and lunches, ground coach transportation, tour guide, tours and associated admission fees
    • Airfare- (estimated $1200-$1500 from Atlanta)
    • Cost of three-hour credit course (Note: Because of the UTC tuition cap, if you already plan to take 12 undergraduate hours or nine graduate hours in spring 2020 & then add this course & exceed the tuition cap, you wouldn't have to pay for most of this course's credit hours. See the UTC Bursar's Office fee schedule for information about those costs. Please note that the COB fees are not included in this cap and still will be assessed even if you have met the University's tuition cap.)
    • Financial aid can be used to help pay these related course costs. Scholarships may be available for qualified students. 

Submit an Application to Be Considered for this Course:

APPLICATION

STUDY TRIP CALENDAR (Tentative with sample itinerary)

DATE

ACTIVITY

May 3
Fly from US to Tirana (Albania)
 
DAY 1-May 4
Arrive Tirana (Albania) 
DAY 2-May 5
 Tirana (Albania) —Kruja (Albania)—Shkodra (Albania)
DAY 3-May 6
Shkodra (Albania)— Kotor (Montenegro) — Dubrovnik (Croatia)
DAY 4-May 7
Dubrovnik (Croatia)—Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
DAY 5-May 8
Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 
DAY 6-May 9
Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina)—Blagaj (Bosnia & Herzegovina)—Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina)—Podgorica (Montenegro)  
DAY 7-May 10
Podgorica (Montenegro)—Koman Ferry— Valbona (Albania)
DAY 8-May 11
 Valbona (Albania)—Prizren (Kosovo)—Skopje (Macedonia)
DAY 9-May 12
Skpoje (Macedonia)—Ohrid (Macedonia)
DAY 10-May 13
Ohrid (Macedonia) Tirana (Albania)
DAY 11-May 14
Tirana (Albania)—Transfer to Tirana airport for departure to U.S.