International Business Experience

Course Title:
International Business Experience in France and Switzerland
BAD 60095 for graduate students
BUS 40195 for undergraduates

Professor Contact Information:
Lawrence J. Marks       Office: 516 Business Administration
lmarks@kent.edu       330-672-1266

Application Deadline:
February 1st, 2013
Program Dates:
May 12 - 25, 2013

Course Description:
The International Business Experience gives you the opportunity to study abroad in Switzerland and France to gain first-hand exposure to international business and organizations. Combining lectures, visits to international business and organizations and cultural expressions, you will come away with better understanding of the context in which U.S. business operate in global economy.

Itinerary:
There are a variety of opportunities for tours and cultural trips.  Typically, planned visits include:  Chillon Castle, United Nations tour, a trip to Le Louvre, and to the palace at Versailles.  Transportation and admission to these are included in the program cost. On most cultural trips, students will be expected to purchase their own lunch and dinner.

In addition to planned trips, time is provided for individual trips.  The rail pass provided as a part of the program allows for a reasonable range of activities.  Usually, students have free time over the weekend from Friday of the first week (in Geneva) until Sunday of the second week (in France).  More adventurous students may be interested in planning trips farther from Geneva (e.g., to Italy or Germany) or early travel to Paris (e.g., to shop or visit Euro-Disney). For these trips, students will need to pay for overnight lodging as a separate cost. Nearer to Geneva, there are very pleasant day trips to Bern, Lausanne, Fribourg, Lucerne, Annecy, Chamonix, Vallais, or Zermatt. For those on a budget, overnight lodging will be available at the KSU Geneva Building.

Students who plan to stay an extra week or longer should find information about the sites they might visit, travel, lodging, etc., IN ADVANCE of the trip.  Good sources for such information are Fodor's or Frommer's travel guides (available at most bookstores).  Other good sources include the "Let's Go" series, written for a college student audience (and pocketbook) and "The Lonely Planet".

Program Costs:
  • 3 credit hour tuition graduate/undergraduate
  • Program fee of $2,500
  • Airline ticket

The projected Program Fee includes rail pass and local travel to planned sites in Europe; multiple person occupancy rooms; admission fees to planned tours/visits; and some meals.

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