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Indiana University Bloomington

Undergraduate Program

Global Business Immersion

Spring and Summer 2015

BUS-X 272 Global Business Immersion is a set of courses, each offering students a unique opportunity to study a country or region in depth and then participate in an accompanying study tour abroad. This course is part of the sophomore level Global Foundations Core offered to admitted Kelley undergraduate students.

Info sessions:
Thursday, September 18 from 4:00-5:00 pm in CG 2061
Wednesday, September 24 from 4:00-5:00 pm in CG 1032

Application availability: The application for spring and summer 2015 is now closed

Application deadline: October 1, 2014

Your program fee will cover airfare, travel to and from the airport, hotel, breakfasts, visa (if necessary), and travel insurance. Students will be responsible for lunches, dinners, and any other purchases they wish to make on the trip. Students may be asked to contribute money to group meals and to contribute toward tips for tour guides and bus drivers. In addition, you will be responsible for pre-trip expenses such as passports, immunizations, and medications, if necessary.

Global Accounting in Switzerland
Second eight weeks of spring, with a May study tour to Geneva
Program fee: $3,000

Explore the diversity and complexity of global accounting in Geneva, one of the world’s top financial centers and home to many international and regional headquarters.

Led by: Clinical Professor of Accounting Terry Campbell, a consultant to several multinationals with more than 20 years of professional experience in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe

Doing Business in Peru
First eight weeks of spring, with a spring break study tour to Lima
Program fee: $3,000

Business is booming in Peru. Learn about the country’s history and culture—you’ll visit the ruins at Machu Picchu—and the opportunities and challenges of doing business here, as well as in other Latin American countries.

Led by: Dr. Carlos L. Colón, a Senior Lecturer in Communication, Professional, and Computer Skills

Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Costa Rica
Second eight weeks of spring, with a May study tour to San Jose
Program fee: $2,500

Visit a butterfly farm, a micro-financing organization, and other social entrepreneurship ventures as you pick up best practices for assisting people in poverty through business.

Led by: Trent Williams from the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, who has a longstanding interest in social entrepreneurship and has worked in Haiti

Business and Human Rights in South Africa
Second eight weeks of spring, with a May study tour to Johannesburg
Program fee:  $3,000

Explore businesses’ role in protecting human rights and remedying abuses, and learn to analyze a human rights crisis and recommend a course of action.

Led by: Associate Professor of Business Law Jamie Prenkert who researches strategies for regulating the global supply chain to avoid human rights abuses in Africa

Infrastructure Challenges in Brazil
First four week session of summer, with study tour to Sao Paulo in late May
Program fee: $3,000

Brazil is experiencing growing pains—a result of extraordinary economic expansion and its preparations to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Discover the infrastructure issues and other challenges of economic growth in one of the world’s 10 largest economies.

Led by: Clinical Associate Professor Alex Lopes of Brazil has led study tours to Brazil and Guatemala

Business Culture in Greece
Second eight weeks of spring, with a May study tour to Athens
Program fee: $3,000

You’ll explore business practices and etiquette, the economy, law, and government in the birthplace of both Western civilization and the European debt crisis. You’ll also visit ancient sites such as the Parthenon.

Led by: Senior lecturer Tatiana Kolovou, a native of Greece, has led this course for three years

Turkey’s Risk of a ‘Sudden Stop’
Second eight weeks of spring, with a May study tour to Istanbul
Program fee: $3,000

Foreign investors have fueled Turkey’s economic growth, but if world events make them jittery and they take their money elsewhere, they’ll leave the country in what’s called a “sudden stop.” Learn how businesses are preparing for this scenario.

Led by: Associate Professor of Finance Richard Shockley, a 2012 Fulbright Fellow, studied financing arrangements in Turkey and served on the faculty at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul

Playing the ‘China Card’ in Hong Kong
Second eight weeks of spring, with a May study tour to Hong Kong
Program fee: $3,000

Considered the “Gateway to China”, Hong Kong has a sophisticated financial system. You’ll see how foreign direct investment flows across borders and impacts economic activity, and learn the mechanics of the world’s most effective currency management board – all while immersing yourself in the fusion of cultures that influence the social and economic landscape of Hong Kong.

Led by: Michael Oakes, a senior lecturer in finance who has led study tours to Hong Kong and taught economics and finance classes in Japan for five years

Sustainability Down Under
Second eight weeks of spring, with a May study tour to Canberra and Sydney, Australia
Program fee: $3,000

Gain a deeper sense of the important relationship between law, ethics, business, and the natural environment around the globe, with a special emphasis on Australia. Then, you’ll think critically about how best to manage these relationships.

Led by: Scott Shackelford, who’s Sustainability Law and Policy course won the 2012 Campus Sustainability Award for Excellence in Teaching. As a visiting scholar at the Australia National University in 2011, he has a number of professional contacts at ANU from which he will draw upon in developing the experiential component of the course.