BUS-X272 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 undergraduate students of business. This course does not satisfy the IUB Gen Ed World Language and Culture requirement.
*Please note: Applications for the 2022–23 academic year are currently closed.
Explore global immersions
From Cuba to South Korea, these videos with BUS-X272 instructors introduce each course and its associated study tour.
Successful completion of BUS-D270 (grade of ‘C’ or better) is required to enroll and participate in BUS-X272. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are not eligible to participate in the BUS-X272 program. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.
Application opens: Monday, August 22, 2022. Application deadline: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Students should rank all courses in which they are willing to participate. Ranking more programs increases your chance of being placed. Accepted students will only be placed into one course and no switching will be allowed.
Students will be notified of their acceptance and location placement by October 11. All placements are final. Students will have until October 13 to submit the required acceptance forms and thus commit to the financial obligations of the course. The total program fee will be due on the January bursar bill, of which $500 is not refundable after October 13.
The program fee will cover airfare, travel to and from the airport, transportation within the country, hotel, breakfasts, visa (if required for the entire class), international health insurance, and some group meals. Students will be responsible for lunches, dinners, and any other purchases they wish to make during the study tour. In addition, students will be responsible for pre-trip expenses such as passports, immunizations, and medications, if necessary. Program fees vary by location. Individual fee sheets are available for each program.
There are three scholarship opportunities for students interested in BUS-X272.
General Kelley study abroad funding opportunities are available for this program. The scholarship application is available within the program application and due on September 22.
The Kelley School of Business, including the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) has a limited number of scholarships available for students studying abroad on short-term programs. A general study abroad scholarship application is available within the program application, and the deadline to apply is September 22. Notification of awards will take place two to three weeks after the application deadline.
The Hutton International Experiences Program (HIEP) scholarship is open to students with a 3.4 GPA or higher. The deadline for this scholarship is the last Friday in October. Notification of awards will take place in late November.
The OVPDEMA Study Abroad Scholarship is open to students with a 2.5 GPA or higher who are in at least one of the OVPDEMA programs. The deadline for this scholarship is at the end of October (check OVPDEMA for specific deadline). Notification of awards will take place in the first week in December.
Students who withdraw from programs administered by IU Kelley are responsible for nonrecoverable costs. Your bursar account will be assessed an additional charge to cover any/all amounts that the Kelley School of Business has committed or paid on your behalf and are nonrecoverable at the time of withdrawal, possibly including housing, meals, transportation. $500 is nonrefundable after the October 13 commitment date. If Indiana University suspends international travel in advance of the program start date, the full program fee will be refunded. Students should not cancel or change their registration.
Spring 2023 programs
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 10 to 21, 2023, to Sydney Program fee: $3,300 (see description of costs)
Led by: James Davis, a lecturer in global business and strategic management. He has more than 25 years' experience in international business as a senior executive and consultant with organizations including Disney, L'Oreal, Merck, and Target. He has worked in Europe, Asia, and the Australian marketplace.
Explore how corporations tailor their businesses for the Australian market. Americans and Australians may speak the same language, but their cultures, attitudes, tastes, and business styles are very different. Learn how companies adjust their products, services, operations, and management to succeed globally.
Course: First eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: March 12 to 18, 2023, to Havana and Viñales Valley Program fee: $4,300** (see description of costs) **Due to the unique costs associated with traveling to Cuba, this study tour has a higher program fee.
Led by: Senior Lecturer Keith Dayton, who has experience working in new and emerging economies, including Cuba, Croatia, and Vietnam.
Recent events have signaled a new era of cooperation in Cuba. Travel as part of a People-to-People cultural exchange and learn about the challenges and opportunities of business in Cuba.
Course: First eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: March 11 to 19, 2023 Program fee: $3,300 (see description of costs)
Led by: Clinical Associate Professor of Business Economics Ellie Mafi-Kreft, a native of France who teaches BUS-G202 Business, Government, and Society—part of the sophomore Global Foundations Core curriculum. She also authors the yearly international outlook for the Indiana Business Research Center.
Explore the legacy and unique brand positioning of French multinational luxury conglomerates in a dynamic global market.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 9 to 19, 2022, to Munich and Schwabisch Hall Program fee: $3,300 (see description of costs)
Led by: Teaching Professor Jeanette Heidewald, who has extensive travel experience including living abroad in Germany for three years
Discover why Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe by visiting companies such as BMW and Allianz Arena as well as Mittelstand, family-owned businesses in the hardworking and entrepreneurial southern states of Germany.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 8 to 18, 2023, to Belfast and Dublin Program fee: $3,300 (see description of costs)
Led by: Clinical Professor Kelly Eskew, who teaches business ethics, sustainability law and policy, climate law, and global poverty alleviation through markets.
Dig into the causes of Northern Ireland’s decades-long political and religious conflict, and explore the role of business and state in sectarian conflicts around the world. Analyze how business interests and market forces exacerbate and mitigate such conflicts, and how they promote healing and unity.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 10 to 20, 2023, to Seoul Program fee: $3,800** (see description of costs) **Due to the unique costs associated with traveling to South Korea, this study tour has a higher program fee.
Led by: Clinical Professor and Associate Chair for Kelley Direct Alex Lopes, who is from Brazil and has led study tours to Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Guatemala.
As the host of major industrial groups (chaebols) and innovative start-ups, Korea offers a glimpse into the future of technology, entertainment, fashion, and living. Benefit from Kelley’s relationship with Sungkyunkwan University to visit organizations that lead the world in their fields. Explore the rich culture, history, and traditions of a country that was once among the most impoverished nations on Earth but has emerged as a rich and influential global player.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 7 to 16, 2023, to Amsterdam and Breda Program fee: $3,300 (see description of costs)
Led by: Erica Kovacs, a native of Brazil and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. She teaches the prerequisite course, BUS-D270 Global Business Environments.
Explore the Netherlands' business culture from an innovation perspective. From the Port of Rotterdam to innovative sustainability practices, the Netherlands is a global leader in forward-looking policy and development.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 8 to 18, 2023, to Lima and Cusco Program fee: $3,800** (see description of costs) **Due to the unique costs associated with traveling to Peru, this study tour has a higher program fee.
Led by: Joshua Gildea, senior lecturer of marketing, who spent nearly 20 years as a global marketer with firms including GE and Microsoft.
Peru is one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. As it transitions from a tourist destination to a global business hub, the country faces unique opportunities and challenges. You will explore the role of marketing across a variety of entrepreneurial, regional, and global firms in this emerging market.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 7 to 17, 2023, to Bucharest and Brasov Program fee: $3,000 (see description of costs)
Led by: Senior Lecturer Chris Cook, who brings more than 20 years of consulting experience to the classroom and is currently working with clients from the American Midwest to Southeast Asia.
Look at how performance measures and statistics are often misunderstood and explore the corresponding challenges created in a Romanian economy that has shifted from Soviet-style economics to the digital age and through the global financial crisis and recent pandemic.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 8 to 19, 2023, to Singapore Program fee: $3,800** (see description of costs) **Due to the unique costs associated with traveling to Singapore, this study tour has a higher program fee.
Led by: Gerry Hays, JD, a serial entrepreneur and professor of practice in venture capital and entrepreneurial finance.
Singapore has a sophisticated financial system. Discover how foreign direct investment flows across borders and impacts entrepreneurial activity, while immersing in the fusion of cultures that influence the social and economic landscape of Singapore.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 8 to 17, 2023, to Geneva Program fee: $3,800** (see description of costs) **Due to the unique costs associated with traveling to Switzerland, this study tour has a higher program fee.
Led by: Clinical Professor of Accounting Terry Campbell, who consults for several multinationals and has more than 20 years of professional experience in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Examine the diversity and complexity of global reporting in Geneva, one of the world’s top financial centers and home to many international and regional headquarters.
Course: Second eight weeks of spring Tentative travel dates: May 8 to 20, 2023, to Bangkok and Chiang Mai Program fee: $3,300 (see description of costs)
Led by: Senior Lecturer Angie Perry, who has lived and worked in the Middle East for four years and has accompanied Kelley students on study tours to China, South Korea, Croatia, and Greece.
Examine the political, social, economic, and cultural forces that influence business in one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic countries. You will get an overview of the business landscape of Thailand by visiting Bangkok and Chiang Mai business and cultural sites.