Short-term trips

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs 2015-2016

If you are interested in one of these trips, please visit Business International Programs in 1055 BIF or contact Dan Anderson, aslan@illinois.edu.

See Faculty-Led programs from 2014-15

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

 

Fall (2015)

 

Panama: Illinois Business Consulting
Panama City
Oct 7-10, 2015
Chaperone(s): Andrew Allen, James Noonan, Whitney Smith
24 students

This trip reserved for a select group in Illinois Business Consulting to consult with their host company in Panama.
[CLOSED]

 

Nicaragua: ENACTUS, Illinois Business Networks
Nov 1-7, 2015
6 students

This service oriented trip is reserved for Illinois members of Enactus
[CLOSED]

 

Tanzania: ENACTUS  Illinois Business
Moshi, Tanzania
Nov 21 – Dec 2, 2015
Chaperone(s): Shahbaz Gill, Izza Rasul
12 students

This service oriented trip is reserved for Illinois members of Enactus.
[CLOSED]

 

Winter

application deadline for most winter break programs is September 15

 

Brazil: T&M 
Sao Carlos
Jan 3-13, 2016
Faculty Lead(s): John Quarton
Chaperone(s): Samantha Knoll, Trang Pham
12 students
[CLOSED]

International business case competition for selected students from the Hoeft Technology & Management program (T&M). The trip is hosted by the University of Sao Paulo.  On this trip, students from four universities compete together on teams. The topic of the competition is  New Business Opportunities Made Possible by Advancements in Unmanned Aerial  Vehicle (drone) Technologies.

 

France/Spain: Business Dynamics (Price: $2900) 
Marseille, France; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain
Jan 4-15, 2016
Faculty Lead(s): Dr. Shahbaz Gill
Chaperone(s): Izza Rasul, Dan Anderson
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
19 students
[CLOSED]

This short-term, faculty-led trip will split time between France and Spain over the Winter Break, and will focus on business dynamics in these 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 Marseille and Barcelona and learn about business process and performance in France and Spain in the current economic and political environment.

 

India: EWoB/PMBA (Price: $2500)
Bangalore, Delhi, Agra
Jan 3-15, 2016
Faculty Lead(s): Dr. Madhu Viswanathan
Chaperone(s): Kathryn Rybka, Darrell H. Hoemann
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
13 students
[CLOSED]

An international immersion experience for students in Entrepreneurs Without Borders and the PMBA program. This trip provides an immersion in subsistence marketplaces through first-hand observation of the influences of poverty, literacy, and culture for students in the PMBA program and Entrepreneurs Without Borders (EWoB).

 

India: Sustainable Product and Market Development for Subsistence Marketplaces (Price: $2500)
Bangalore, Delhi, Agra,
Dec 26 – Jan 8, 2016
Faculty Lead(s): Dr. Madhu Viswanathan
Chaperone(s): Christine Gozdziak
27 students
[CLOSED]

This is the annual class trip to India for Madhu Viswanathan’s Sustainable Product and Market Development for Subsistence Marketplaces year-long course. The trip provides an integrative learning experience focused on designing products and developing business plans for the radically different context of subsistence.

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Panama or Honduras: Global Business Brigades
Jan 9-15, 2016
Student Lead(s): Melissa Guevara (Honduras); Lily Fan (Panama)
Chaperone(s): Abdul Mahdi, Alejandra Aguero (Honduras); Gioconda Guerra Pérez, Aaron Klein (Panama)
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
20 students (Panama)
22 students (Honduras)
[CLOSED]

Global Business Brigades (GBB) is the world’s largest student-led international development organization. GBB empowers university students nation-wide to provide communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life while respecting local culture and improving the environment. Open to students from any major who are in the Global Brusiness Brigades RSO.

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South Africa: MBA GCP
Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg
Jan 7-17, 2016
Chaperone(s): Nicole Turner, James Noonan, Andrew Allen, Whitney Smith, Jenny Larson
54 students
[CLOSED]

Trip is open to MBA students from the Full-Time and Professional programs. GCP provides students with an opportunity to engage in 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.

 

Spring

application deadline for most spring break programs is November 15

 

Costa Rica: Sustainability and Business (Price: $2500)
San Jose and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
March 19-26, 2016
Lead Chaperone: Dan Anderson 
Chaperone(s): TBA
BUS 199, 1 credit hour
15 students
[CANCELLED]

“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. Open to ALL Illinois Business undergraduate students.

 

Argentina: EWoB (Price: $1950, UI Business students; $2200, non-Business students)
Mendoza, Argentina
March 18-27, 2016
Faculty Lead(s): Francisco Seufferheld
Chaperone(s): Candace Martinez
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
30 students (max)
[CLOSED]

During your EWOB experience you will learn about subsistence marketplaces in an international setting. In Mendoza, Argentina you will be immersed in a cultural experience and collaborative effort with a partner university. The objective of this study abroad experience is for you to gain a better understanding of subsistence environments and provide an opportunity for you to work with our partners in designing entrepreneurial solutions for farmers and small business owners. You will use Marketplace Literacy Education to teach entrepreneurship in impoverished communities to enable our members to be entrepreneurial. This study abroad experience will also include cultural excursions. The trip is organized through the leadership of professor Madhu Viswanathan, the founder of the Marketplace Literacy Project (http://www.marketplaceliteracy.org/), and student leadership from Entrepreneurs Without Borders.

 

Peru: Business Dynamics (Price: $2900)
Lima and Machu Picchu
March 19-26, 2016
Faculty Lead(s): Prof Shahbaz Gill
Chaperone(s): Izza Rasul
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
20 students (max)
[CLOSED]

On this 2016 Spring Break trip, Peru provides the international setting where you will explore the business dynamics of a developing economy is South America. Through company visits, experiential learning, and cultural and recreational opportunities, you will experience this dynamic country, set in a region that is developing rapidly while dealing with evolving political challenges. Professor Gill will provide instruction 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 balanced with cultural and recreational activities for a broad and interesting study abroad experience. This trip will also include a side trip to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca city that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This trip is open to ALL Illinois Business undergraduates.

 

United Arab Emirates: Business Honors Program (Price: $3000)
Dubai and Abu Dhabi
March 18-26, 2016
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
Lead Chaperone: Rich Johnson
Chaperone: Dan Anderson
25 students
[CLOSED]

UAE is a unique confluence of the ancient and modern factors at play in the Middle East. Company visits will be interspersed with a visit to the tallest building in the world and the world’s most beautiful mosque.This trip is reserved for Illinois Business Honors Students.

 

Brazil: MBA GCP Trip to Brazil
Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
March 18-27, 2016
54 students
Chaperones: Mark Lockwood, James Noonan, Whitney Smith, Serena Hoff, Jennifer Larson

Open to MBA students in the GCP Program.

[CLOSED]

 

Summer

application deadline for most summer break programs is February 15

 

Singapore/Malaysia: BUS Honors Trip to Southeast Asia
Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
May 14-24, 2016
BADM 394, 4-credit hours
Lead Chaperone: Darcy Sementi
Chaperone(s): Rich Johnson, Jerome Ng
37 students

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. This trip is open to freshmen in the Business Honors Program.

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Business Honors Program

 

China: T&M 
Beijing, Shanghai
May 15 – 26, 2016
BUS 199, 3-credit hours
Lead Chaperone: John Quarton
Chaperone(s): TBA
55 students

The Hoeft Technology & Management (T&M) 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. This trip is open to T&M students in Business and Engineering.

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Contact T&M for more information on this trip…

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program 

 

Europe: Central Banks Tour (Price: $2500, flight not included)
Germany, Portugal, UK
May 16-26, 2016
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
Faculty Lead(s): Prof Charles Kahn
Chaperone: Ginny France
16 students

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. This trip is open to Illinois Business and Econ undergraduates (sorry, no Freshmen).

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Europe: Management and Culture (Price: $3500, flight not included)
Austria, Germany, France, Slovakia
May 16 – June 2, 2016
BUS 199, 1-credit hour
Faculty Lead(s): Prof Shahbaz Gill
Chaperone(s): TBA
20 students

This short-term, faculty-led trip will split time between Vienna, Austria; Munich, Germany and Paris, France over the Summer Break, and will focus on business dynamics in these European markets. It will provide an opportunity to learn firsthand about the experience and perspectives of managers in Western Europe. You will also explore 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 beautiful cities. There will be opportunities for day-trips from Vienna to Eastern Europe. You will purchase your own flight to and from Europe providing the opportunity to extend your travels after the course ends. Travel between cities will be by train. Your guide, Professor Shahbaz Gill, has lived in and traveled extensively in Europe. By the end, you will have a thoroughly European experience. This trip is available to ALL College of Business undergraduates, including Freshmen.

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Austria: BADM 395, Negotiating Internationally (Price: $1575, flight to/from Europe not included) 
Vienna
May 18-27, 2016
BADM 395 (section N), 3-credit hours
Faculty Lead(s): Prof. Jeff Loewenstein
Chaperone(s): TBA
15 students

Go to Austria and get course credit at the same time! This 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. You will gain the tools of skillful business negotiation from Professor Jeffrey Loewenstein and do so in an international setting, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, in Vienna Austria. Austrian students will be participating in this class with you. Throw in some company visits, cultural experiences and plenty of free time to explore and see Austria, and you will have an international study experience you will never forget. This is trip is available to Illinois BUS undergrads as approved by Professor Loewenstein.

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Europe: BUS Peer Advisors Study Abroad Tour (Price: $3295, flight to/from Europe not included)
Barcelona, Vienna, Dublin
May 15 – 28, 2016
BUS 199, 1-credit hour CR/NC
Faculty Lead(s): Teresa D’Urso
Chaperone(s): Tim Flanagin, Dan Anderson
25 students

The Peer Advising Program of the College of Business is excited to announce a travel opportunity reserved exclusively for peer advisers.  Peer advisers having successfully completed BUS 199 – Peer Adviser Training – will have the opportunity to visit partner institutions in three European countries: Spain, Austria and Ireland. Time will be spent touring the universities, meeting faculty/students, going on company visits, as well as, experiencing some historical and cultural enrichment.  This rare opportunity will give peer advisers a close up and personal study abroad experience, in preparation to excite and encourage advisees to take advantage of the College of Business Study Abroad programs.  During this 14-day trip we will split our time between Spain, Austria and Ireland, the College’s most popular study abroad destinations. The course will require the participants to write a self-reflection paper. Participants will receive one credit for the course. This trip is open to BUS students in the Peer Adviser Program who have successfully completed the Peer Adviser Training.

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Honduras: Global Business Brigades [CLOSED] 
May 14-20, 2016
BUS 199, 1-credit hour CR/NC
Lead(s): Sahil Tekriwal, Hailini Patel
Chaperone(s): TBA
19 students

Global Business Brigades (GBB) is the world’s largest student-led international development organization. GBB empowers university students nation-wide to provide communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life while respecting local culture and improving the environment. Open to students from any major who are in the Global Brusiness Brigades RSO.

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Europe: BADM 320 in Europe
Ireland, Scotland, Italy
May 18 – June 11, 2016
BADM 320, 3 credit hours
Faculty Lead(s): Prof Mark Wolters
Chaperone(s): TBA
18 students

BADM 320 in Europe 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 23 days in three exciting European cities — Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Vicenza, Italy. 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. Application Deadline: February 15, 2016

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Vietnam Economy and History
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
May 16-26
BUS 199, 1-credit hour CR/NC
Lead Chaperone: Trang Pham
Chaperone: James Noonan
Maximum of 20 students
Deadline: February 15

The economy of Vietnam has grown dramatically in recent years.  Once an agriculturally-based economy, this rising star of Southeast Asia is creating new business and technology sectors.  As part of this trip, we will look at the growing business environment in Vietnam and experience the change that this has had on the culture and country.  We will also visit Halong Bay, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and potentially visit locations where many American consumer products are currently being manufactured.  Experience the history, economy and natural beauty of Vietnam.  Visit historical sites such as the Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoa Lo Prison (where John McCain was kept as a P.O.W.) and the Vietnam War Museum.

Vietnam photos

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Brazil / Argentina: 2016 IBIP – International Business Immersion Program
May 14-29, 2016
~25 students
ACES/BADM 436 (required spring 2016 semester) + ACES 199 MVP fall 2016, 5-credit hours
Faculty LEAD:
Chaperone: Jessa Barnard
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 6

This ACES sponsored trip is open to College of Business Undergraduates. Put yourself in the shoes of a global executive as you walk an entire marketing channel from Illinois farm to South American plate and vice-versa.  Learn how business works in the real world.  Gain rare exposure to the growing South American food and agribusiness environment.  Stand out in a competitive job market.

The International Business Immersion Program consists of three inseparable components:

  • a 400-level preparatory business course held during Spring 2016 (ACE/BADM 436)
  • a 14-day immersion study tour; and
  • a public, on-campus presentation and video screening of the groups’ research findings during the Fall 2016 semester.

For more information: http://ace.illinois.edu/ibip

[CLOSED]

 

Summer Internship in Ireland
BUS University College Dublin (UCD)
June 13 – August 5, 2016
6 credit hours
Rolling Admission until Feb. 15

The eight week program consists of a two-week academic program at our partner university, UCD,  combined with a six-week internship placement based in Dublin, Ireland.  Students work 32 hours per week at a leading Irish or international company on an unpaid internship. Read more about the internship.  The academic program allows you to experience education in a leading institution while the internship component allows you to gain valuable insight in to a professional arena.  Students take 2 classes and transfer back 6 credit hours.   This is not a faculty-led program.

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