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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs 2014-2015

check back at the end of summer for information on next year’s study abroad programs

 

If you are interested in these trips, please visit Business International Programs in 1055 BIF or contact the chaperones directly.

See Faculty-Led programs from 2013-14 

If you are interested in leading a faculty-led study abroad program,
see the procedures.

Winter

Marketing: Fatto in Italia!
Mark Wolters and Jocelyn Xamis
January 1-11, 2015
18 students
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)

The trip will combine the beauty of Italy and Italian culture with an educational business experience led by Prof. Mark Wolters. Students will see the wonders of Rome and learn the meaning of, “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” Then a visit to the serene Republic of San Marino, one of the micro-nations of Europe, where we will work with the San Marino Tourism Board in order to help them market San Marino to US tourists. Next the group will head to Vicenza & Venice, Italy where we will see the art of making Murano (Venitian) glass and visit some local firms. Then to finish off, we will head to the fashion capital of Milan where we will see Da Vinci’s Last Supper and visit one last company before heading back to the US.

 

Turkey and Greece: Business in Emerging European Markets
Trang Pham and Izza Rasul
January 3-17, 2015
Number of Students: 21
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)

This short-term, faculty-led trip will split time between Turkey and Greece over the Winter Break, and will focus on business dynamics in these emerging European markets. It will provide an opportunity to see, perceive and learn firsthand, the experience and perspectives of managers in the Mediterranean. The program focuses on the impact of economic, political/legal, social, and cultural factors on theory and practice of business administration. The company and university visits will be combined with the rich cultural and historical settings of these ancient societies. We will visit a variety of organizations in Athens and Istanbul including Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry to learn about business organizations’ functioning process and performance in Greece in the current economic and political environment. Among other trips in Istanbul, we have also planned to visit The Lescon, the largest sports manufacturer of Turkey, specifically its marketing and manufacturing departments. In the process, you will learn about Lescon’s journey from being the producer of the very basic plastic injection shoe to becoming manufacturer of FIFA soccer balls.

Sustainable Product and Market Development for Subsistence Marketplaces
Chennai, Pondicherry, Delhi, Agra
Madhu Viswanathan and John Hedeman
4 credit hours
Madhu Viswanathan

See photos and video

Students in business, engineering, and industrial design spend the fall semester understanding subsistence marketplaces through immersion in this context and through emersion of business principles. The final weeks of the semester are spent on designing market research to be conducted during a field trip.   The class travels to India over winter break to conduct market research on this target group. Students observe households in urban and rural subsistence contexts, as well as retail and wholesale outlets.  They interview low-literate, low-income individuals in urban and rural settings regarding product ideas for group projects.  Students also visit educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations engaged in the development of innovative programs and technologies for subsistence contexts.  The field trip geared to visiting the environment of the urban and rural poor requires considerable planning and rehearsal, and has been a transformative learning experience for the students.  Spring semester is spent converting concepts to workable prototypes, and developing manufacturing, marketing and business plans.

Global Business Brigades to Panama
Torti, Panama
Todd Sweet and Dan Bacon
January 10-16, 2015
28 students
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)
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Open to students from any major who are in the Global Business Brigades RSO

Global Business Brigades (GBB) is the world’s largest student-led international development organization. As a secular, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, GBB empowers university students and young professionals nation-wide to provide communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life while respecting local culture and improving the environment. Working with GBB, approximately 50 undergraduates from the Illinois College of Business will develop and delivered lessons on financial literacy, small business consulting, and personalized micro-enterprise training for entrepreneurs in the indigenous communities of Panama. It is a life-changing experience for students who observe first-hand the extreme poverty of the indigenous populations of Panama, as well as the potential of successful entrepreneurs to improve the lives of their family and community members.

See photos from previous years

LEAD South Africa
Tiffany White, Jewell White and Christine Gozdziak
January 7-17
17 students
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)

South Africa is one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations in the world today, and very popular with students looking for a unique faculty-led, study abroad experience. This trip is open to all UI LEAD undergraduate students and LEAD RAs with minimum 2.75 GPA.It is open to participants from the early arrival of the Enrichment Academy, as well as PAP and EOP students. Participates will spend 10-days of their Winter Break in two South African cities: Johannesburg, the country’s largest city, and Cape Town, the capital on the southern coast. Students will see first-hand how business is conducted through company visits in both cities. In addition, students will explore the people, culture and history of South Africa. And what’s a visit to Africa without a real wildlife safari? This opportunity promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. If you have never been out of the US before, South Africa will be a great way to begin your world travels!  There will be an optional 2-hour class on South Africa taught by Jan Brooks offered to all participating students before the trip. Application deadline: Oct 1 (must have passport at that time).


South Africa MBA GCP Program
Andrew Allen and Rob Valli
January 7-18, 2015
Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg
36 students from the full-time and professional MBA programs
No credit hours

Trip is open to MBA students from the Full-Time and Professional programs. GCP provides students with an opportunity to engage consulting projects with companies in emerging markets. Students work remotely with an international client and travel to the designated country to meet with and present with the client. Each 10-day trip will be composed of client meetings, company visits and cultural activities.

See photos


Entrepreneurs Without Borders
Chennai, India
Dan Anderson and Kelly O’Neill
January 3-15, 2015
18 students
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)

Entrepreneurs Without Borders (EWOB) was founded in 2008, right here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the assistance and dedication of Professor Madhu Viswanathan, the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership is using the EWOB trip to provide participating students with an opportunity to learn, and then teach, marketplace literacy within the state of Illinois and internationally. In 2015, the centerpiece of the students’ experiences in EWOB was the international immersion trip to India over Spring Break; the objectives of this trip are: 1) immersion in subsistence marketplaces through first-hand observation of the influences of poverty, literacy, and culture; 2) learn about a diverse set of organizations and their initiatives in subsistence marketplaces; 3) conduct field research for understanding entrepreneurship; and 4) design modules and interactions for enabling entrepreneurship. To accomplish these objectives students engage in assessment modules, observations and interactions in urban and rural settings, field trips to profit and non-profit organizations, and individual and group interviews in rural and urban settings. Students return from this rigorous trip with first-hand experience in using the power of entrepreneurship for positive change.

SPRING

Sustainability Through Business
San Jose and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
March 21-28
12 students
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)
Chaperones: Dan Anderson and Megan Hazen

“Sustainability.” The word is everywhere, but what does it really mean and how are businesses addressing the wide array of environmental, social and economic issues that fall under the sustainability umbrella? This 2015 Spring Break trip to Costa Rica will explore the concept of sustainability in an international setting. There will be company visits and experiential learning mixed with cultural and recreational opportunities. Company visits will focus on what companies are doing to address environmental, social and economic issues related to sustainability. Costa Rica is a country that has capitalized on environmental conservation and ecotourism. You will explore how this beautiful country has transformed itself into a leader of international conservation.

Supply Chain Management – India
Chennai and Delhi
March 19-28, 2015
BUS 199, 1 credit hour
25 students
Head chaperone: Udatta Palekar and Kari Wozniak

Trip blog

This is an immersion experience for undergraduate students  in the Supply Chain Management Program in the College of Business and Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering (ABE).

On this trip we will study the agricultural supply chain and identify likely causes of post-harvest loss. We will do this through close interactions with small farmers and study of some of the intermediaries in the supply chain. The trip is being supported by funds from the ADM Institute for the prevention of Post-harvest Loss.

Objectives

  • Immersion in agricultural supply chains for small-holder farms through 1st hand observation of the producers, intermediaries, and market places through
    • Individual and group interactions in urban and rural settings
    • Observations in urban and rural settings
  • Learning about postharvest loss and identify ways to prevent it
  • Field research for project opportunities
    • Individual and group interviews in rural and urban settings
  • Discussions with organizational sponsors regarding projects
  • Learning about an emerging economy

Entrepreneurs Without Borders
Mendoza, Argentina
Trang Pham and Aaron Klein
March 21-29, 2015
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)

Video by Ian Szetho and  Video by Andrew Horton

Entrepreneurs Without Borders (EWOB) was founded in 2008, right here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the assistance and dedication of Professor Madhu Viswanathan, the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership is using the EWOB trip to provide participating students with an opportunity to learn, and then teach, marketplace literacy within the state of Illinois and internationally. In 2015, the centerpiece of the students’ experiences in EWOB was the international immersion trip to India over Spring Break; the objectives of this trip are: 1) immersion in subsistence marketplaces through first-hand observation of the influences of poverty, literacy, and culture; 2) learn about a diverse set of organizations and their initiatives in subsistence marketplaces; 3) conduct field research for understanding entrepreneurship; and 4) design modules and interactions for enabling entrepreneurship. To accomplish these objectives students engage in assessment modules, observations and interactions in urban and rural settings, field trips to profit and non-profit organizations, and individual and group interviews in rural and urban settings. Students return from this rigorous trip with first-hand experience in using the power of entrepreneurship for positive change.

Global Business Brigades to Panama
Torti, Panama
March 21-27, 2015
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)
See photos and video
Open to students from any major who are in the Global Brusiness Brigades RSO

Global Business Brigades (GBB) is the world’s largest student-led international development organization. As a secular, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, GBB empowers university students and young professionals nation-wide to provide communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life while respecting local culture and improving the environment. Working with GBB, approximately 50 undergraduates from the Illinois College of Business will develop and delivered lessons on financial literacy, small business consulting, and personalized micro-enterprise training for entrepreneurs in the indigenous communities of Panama. It is a life-changing experience for students who observe first-hand the extreme poverty of the indigenous populations of Panama, as well as the potential of successful entrepreneurs to improve the lives of their family and community members.

See photos from previous years

MBA GCP Trip to Brazil
Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
March 20-29, 2015
No credit
60 students
Led by Darcy Sementi, Andrew Allen, Nicole Turner and Rich Johnson
Open to MBA students from the Full-time and Professional programs

GCP provides students with an opportunity to engage consulting projects with companies in emerging markets. Students work remotely with an international client and travel to the designated country to meet with and present with the client. Each 10-day trip will be composed of client meetings, company visits and cultural activities.

GCP website

Executive MBA Trip to China
Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Hong Kong
April 9-18, 2015
BADM 590, 4 credit hours
Open to students taking the capstone course in the Executive MBA

The Capstone Course is the final course students complete in the Illinois EMBA. This course is layered across several curriculum modules and to several courses. It culminates with a week-long business immersion trip to China. The course is project-based and teams of students work to solve real-world business problems for executives at a variety of companies operating in China.

The international immersion experience provides direct exposure to the nature of international business, emerging markets, and the issues faced by executives managing enterprises in emerging and international markets. The trip helps students to connect the international context with the management of business and how effective executives succeed in challenging business environments.

SUMMER

BUS Honors Trip
Singapore and Malaysia
BADM 394, 4 credit hours
May 16-28, 2015
46 students
Led by Dean Johnson, Dan Anderson, Kristen Bartels and Cynthia Wong
Open to freshmen in the Business Honors program

Freshmen in the Business Honors program spend spring semester in a class with the Honors Dean primarily studying the country they will be visiting as well as the business practices and the political environment. The trip is a combination of lectures at a local university, diverse corporate visits, and cultural enrichment.

Business Honors Program

James Scholars Brazil Trip
Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil
Terry McCoy and Tracy Parish
Number of students: 10
BADM 199, 3 credit hours

The James Scholar Program of the College of Business is proud to announce a course/travel opportunity reserved exclusively for freshmen James Scholars and James Scholar nominees as well as members of the Business Honors program. BADM 199 pre-trip classes will prepare students for travel to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro through a study of the history, culture, and economy of Brazil. Professor Terry McCoy, an expert on Latin America, will teach the course. Professor McCoy will accompany the students to Brazil in May. While in Brazil, students will attend lectures offered by faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, visit businesses and cultural/historical sites, and culminate with a case competition.  The student teams in the case competition will be comprised of University of Illinois students working together with students from University of Sao Paulo.

See photos from previous years.

Business James Scholars

T&M Trip to China
Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Tianjin and Jiaxing
BUS 199, 3 credit hours
May 17-28, 2015
John Quarton, Jim Dahl and TBA
Open to T&M minors

The Hoeft Technology & Management program’s global immersion trip provides T&M students with an international business experience through a simulated business trip to China organized around multiple corporate visits.  Students develop an awareness of the global nature of business, and experience firsthand the rapid social and economic development taking place in China.

See photos from previous years

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program

Central Banking in Europe
Frankfurt, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; and London, England
Charlie Kahn and Ginny France
May 18-28, 2015
8 students
BUS 199, 1 credit hour (CR/NC)

The crisis of 2007-8 was the biggest shock to the world financial system in more than seventy years.  Its economic effects are still being felt – and nowhere more than in the world’s central banks. During this faculty-led trip we will visit several central banks and talk with central bankers about how they responded to – and sometimes failed to respond to – the financial crisis, and how they are adjusting to their new roles. We will be able to contrast the effect of the financial crisis on three differently placed countries: two inside the Euro – Germany and Portugal – and one outside – the United Kingdom.  To set the stage for our tour, we will visit the Chicago branch of the Federal Reserve Bank to talk with staff there about the US central bank’s response to the financial crisis – this will give us an introduction to the role of central banks and provide a baseline against which to compare the other banks’ behaviors and responses.  During this 10-day trip we will split our time between Frankfurt, Lisbon, and London.  The course will require the participants to write a paper. Participants will receive one credit for the course.


Business Negotiations in Australia
Sydney, Australia
Jeff Loewenstein and Trang Pham
2 credit hours for trip
10 students
May 18-31, 2015

Go to Australia (you know it’s on your bucket list) and get course credit at the same time! This brand new, short-term, faculty-led, study abroad course teaches a broadly effective framework for negotiating and resolving conflicts. Because business leaders need to work with others to accomplish goals, they need to be skilled negotiators. Spend the last eight weeks of spring gaining the tools and learning the skills of business negotiation in BADM 395 with Dr. Jeff Lowenstein. Then take off for Sydney, Australia where you will practice your negotiating skills with fellow business students at the University of New South Wales, Australian School of Business. Throw in some company visits, cultural experiences and plenty of free time to explore and see Australia, and you will have an international study experience you will never forget. TRIP PREREQUISITE: To participate in this trip you must have taken BADM 395.


BADM320 in Europe
Stockholm, Sweden; Munich, Germany; and Lisbon, Portugal
Mark Wolters
May 17-June 13, 2015
Number of students: 20
BADM 320, 3 credit hours

BADM 320 will provide you with a solid base of marketing knowledge. Whatever direction your business career takes – accountancy, finance, management, supply chain, marketing, advertising or non-profits – you will finish BADM 320 with a firm understanding of the principles of marketing. Now imagine taking this required course during 24 days in three exciting European cities. Classroom time for BADM will be integrated with company visits and cultural experiences. You will travel with and learn from Dr. Mark Wolters, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration, at the UIUC College of Business. Dr. Wolters is a popular and dynamic instructor who has traveled broadly, and lived and worked overseas extensively. As a participating student, BADM 320 in Europe will be a life-changing, learning experience you will never forget.


BADM310 in Europe
Shahbaz Gill, Izza Rasul and Tania Coambs
Vienna, Austria; Milan and Rome, Italy; and Lugano, Switzerland
May 18-June 10, 2015
Number of students: 9
BADM 310, 3 credit hours

This course and trip will introduce a broad range of topics in management and organizational behavior, such as motivation, leadership, teams, organizational culture and structure, strategy, business ethics and entrepreneurship. The course is appropriate for business and non-business majors. The field of organizational behavior or OB, is the study of human behavior within organizations. That is, what people think, how they feel, why they think, feel and act in a certain way. Finding answers to these questions enables more efficient and effective functioning of the organization. This will be a blended course, meaning 50% of in-class sessions will be replaced with online activities, which will offer you great flexibility while traveling in Europe. Classroom time for BADM 310 will be integrated with company visits and cultural experiences. You will be taking this required course during 25 days in two exciting European countries (Austria and UK). You will travel with and learn from Dr. Shahbaz Shabbir, your professor for this course. Dr. Shahbaz is a dynamic instructor with diverse background who has traveled broadly, and lived and worked overseas extensively. As a participating student, BADM 310 in Europe will be a life-changing, learning experience you will never forget.