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Spring 2019

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: TBD

  • Undergraduate Students- 3 credit-hour course (MGT 4950) that counts as a general business elective
  • Graduate Students- 3-credit hour course (MGT 5950) that counts as MBA or MAcc elective
  • Note: Non-business majors should contact their academic advisors for more information about how this course might count in their programs.

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 future1. 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, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Croatia.

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, Croatia, Montenegro, and Macedonia, with all of their intrigue, rich culture, diverse architecture, and beautiful nature.

This course is coordinated with the International Business course taught at the Luarasi University in Tirana, Albania. The Albanian students, who will participate in a joined class project, business visits, and university lectures, will accompany UTC students during the 10-day visit in the region.

*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 and cities visited include Dubrovnik (Croatia), Kotor & Budva (Montenegro), Shkodra (Albania), Valbona (Theth, Albania), Pristina & Skopje (Macedonia). 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 (Because of the UTC tuition cap, if you already plan to take 12 undergraduate hours or nine graduate hours in spring 2018, you wouldn’t have to pay for this course’s regular maintenance fee/fee costs for its three-credit hours. See the UTC Bursar's Office fee schedule for information about those costs. Please note that the COB differential fee, $57/credit hour, is 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.

Submit an Application to Be Considered for this Course:

APPLICATION (Word Version)

APPLICATION (PDF Version)


STUDY TRIP CALENDAR (Tentative with sample itinerary)

Course Flyer (For a more detailed itinerary, see the course flyer.)

DATE

ACTIVITY

DAY 1 
Fly from Chattanooga or Atlanta to Dubrovnik (Croatia)
DAY 2
Dubrovnik (Croatia) 
DAY 3
 Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Kotor (Montenegro) - Budva (Montenegro)
DAY 4
Budva (Montenegro)
DAY 5
Budva – Shkodra (Albania) Valbona (Theth, Albania)
DAY 6 
Valbona– Pristina – Skopje (Macedonia)
DAY 7
Skopje – Ohrid (Macedonia) -Tirana (Albania)
DAY 8 
Tirana
DAY 9
 Tirana –Conclusions
DAY 10
 Tirana – Airport –Arrive in Atlanta or Chattanooga on May 15