International Business Experience
COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS WHO HAVE
TAKEN UTC INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE COURSES:
“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.”
“Looking back on my journey to Brazil I had a marvelous time and met some really great classmates I would have otherwise never known...What I am thankful for always are the human experiences, and how everywhere you go people are the same and have the same hopes, desires, and plans for the future and simply wanting to understand each other more progresses us in a way that we will never fully understand. As one of my favorite quotes goes, 'Travel is fatal to prejudice...' and I think there's not a truer statement out there."
"The greatest part of the trip for me was learning not only the Mexican business culture, but being immersed in Mexican culture in general. We toured historic churches and other sites, ate in genuine Mexican restaurants, all while learning how Mexican businesses are different than American businesses.”
- INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Katherine Karl, Professor of Management, UTC College Of Business
- STUDY TRIP: December 13-21, 2018
- COURSE MEETING TIMES: Study trip dates listed above and 1-2 pre-trip classes as well as presentations.
- Undergraduate Students - 3 credit-hour course (MGT 4950) that counts as international business requirement for undergraduate business majors. (Non-business majors check with your academic advisor about you how you might be able to use this course towards your curriculum requirements.)
- Graduate Students - 3-credit hour course (MGT 5950) that counts as elective credit for MBA or MAcc General track students. (Graduate students outside the College of Business, check with your academic advisor about you how you might be able to use this course towards your curriculum requirements.)
This course focuses on creating an appreciation of the complexities of operating a business in a foreign context and understanding the economic, political, cultural, and social factors at the international level. This course provides students with a truly real-world experience in international business, where they will gain an understanding of other cultures and learn the challenges and opportunities of doing business outside the United State. Students also will participate in business visits and discussions with international business leaders and professors while sharing in a different and unforgettable cultural experience. International travel required.
PREREQUISITES (no prior business coursework required):
Undergraduate Students - 1) Open to any major with at least junior standing, 2) 2.5 minimum overall GPA
Graduates Students - 3.0 minimum overall GPA
No foreign language knowledge needed.
BUSINESS & CULTURAL TRIPS:
- Business visits (mix of multinational and local companies) in Lima, Peru.
- Guided sightseeing tour in Lima, Peru and in Cusco, Peru.
- Group welcome dinner in Lima & farewell dinner in Cusco.
- Full-day trip to Palomino Islands (Tentative-not yet confirmed. Could be replaced with alternate full day trip.) Take a boat ride out to to Palomino Islands & enjoy the diversity of wildlife including birds, dolphins, and an impressive colony of sea lions. Day trip includes group lunch.
- Lima Culinary Experience: Peru has one of the best and most varied gastronomy in the world. Participate in an interactive cooking experience in the culinary capital of Latin America. Under the supervision of a renowned chef, you will hear about the food industry in Peru and learn how to prepare delicious dishes using local flavors, which you will enjoy eating at the end of the class.
- Visit to Machu Picchu: Located on the crest of a mountain at an altitude of 2,430 meters, this ancient Inca ruin is though to have been a country retreat town for Inca nobility. Mach Picchu was forgotten for centuries by the outside world and was only rediscovered in 1911. In the morning, the group will be given a guided tour around the terraces, corridors, temples, solar clock of "Intihuatana," and other sacred places. Following lunch, the group will have the afternoon free to explore Machu, Picchu.
- Program fee (TENTATIVE: estimated $2900) - all group activities, lodging, breakfasts, airport transfers, local group transportation, welcome & farewell dinners, all gratuities (for guides, drivers, porters, group meals), local English-speaking guide for all scheduled activities (typically budgeted for 12 hours/day).
- Airfare - (estimated $950 from Atlanta)
- Cost of three-hour credit business course - (Because of the UTC tuition cap, if you are already scheduled to take 12 undergraduate hours or nine graduate hours in the fall, you wouldn’t have to pay for this course’s credit hours.)
- Other expenses: Meals not covered in program fee (estimated $170)
- Financial aid can be used to help pay these related course costs. In addition, eligible students may be able to apply for scholarships to assist with the cost of the course.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Submit an Application to Be Considered for this Course:
Priority Application Deadline: April 27, 2018 (Applications will be accepted after this date as long as space allows)
APPLICATION (PDF Version)
Dean's Office Scholarship Application:
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