International Travel Courses

Ken Boswell

Field: Engineering
Degree: MBA

"This business-focused travel course was a great introduction to the cultural and business environmental diversity that exists. The world is "shrinking" due to the information/ communication explosion so all business has global aspects. Being prepared for the changes of the global environment are essential for success."

Lisa Luther

Company: Amgen
Degree: MBA

"Visiting European businesses helped me to understand "real world" situations. It's one thing to read theory about European culture and business in a textbook, but it becomes meaningful when you experience it yourself. My employer is in the process of expanding internationally, so this course was relevant and applicable to my job, as well as my MBA degree."

CLU's School of Management offers graduate students 30 years of experience in international travel opportunities. These journeys offer valuable insight into the cultural, social and political environments that impact our complex and ever-changing world economy. With a University mission to educate leaders for a global society, these courses give students an opportunity to interact with senior global business leaders and scholars across the world.

Students can participate in Strategic Management Travel Seminar (BUS 574), an alternate capstone in the MBA program, or International Business Opportunities (BUS 543), which is offered as an elective. These travel courses are led by CLU professors and organized through International Business Seminars, a leading academic travel provider.

Seminar destinations and content vary, but multiple opportunities exist throughout the year, with most seminars traveling to Europe or Asia.

Travel Courses to Europe
Travel Courses to Asia

Upcoming Seminars

  • Summer 2011 Travel Course to Europe: Germany and Italy
  • Summer 2011 Travel Course to China: Beijing, Xian and Shanghai
  • Winter 2012 Travel Course to Europe: France and the United Kingdom (pending)


Travel Courses to Europe

Though specific destinations and exact itineraries are subject to change, MBA students participating in the travel programs to Europe will be scheduled to meet with executives of leading organizations in cities like Paris and London. The trip course incorporates sessions with senior managers of such places as Ernst & Young, 3M, Exxon/Mobil, Lloyds of London, Lockheed Martin Europe, Wimbledon Tennis, and more. Students also have the opportunity to discuss European business trends with noted European business leaders and scholars.

Costs for travel and associated expenses for the European Travel Seminar are in addition to course tuition. Opportunities to visit several cultural attractions (at no additional expense) will be provided.

Note: As the dates of travel generally overlap with the summer term, students who enroll in the summer travel courses to Europe should not enroll in other summer term MBA classes except for courses that are conducted via online or compressed weekend formats.

Those who are interested in the European Travel Seminar should contact Professor Richard McAndrew at mcandrew@callutheran.edu.

Travel Courses to Asia

Though specific destinations and exact itineraries are subject to change, MBA students will gain an understanding of the economy and emerging markets in Asia with interactive presentations and discussions with corporate executives of leading organizations in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, China. The trip will include visits to major corporations, such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, General Motors, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and the US Embassy. In addition to visiting major corporations, students will learn about topics such as the Shanghai Stock Exchange, trade associations, government offices, and Suzhou factories. Additionally, students will be provided the opportunity to discuss Asian and global business trends with scholars and noted Asian business leaders.

This course may be applied as an elective for International Business, Economics, Management, Marketing, Law, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Planning. As an advanced graduate course, the concentration is on applied studies and research in the areas of economic integration, politics and law, socio-cultural matters, operations of foreign corporations, and marketing issues.

Cost for travel and associated expenses for the Asian Travel Seminar are in addition to the course tuition. Opportunities to visit several cultural attractions (at no additional expense) include places like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and more.

Those who are interested in the China Travel Seminar should contact Professor Richard McAndrew at mcandrew@callutheran.edu or Professor Somnath Basu at basu@callutheran.edu.

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