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Study Abroad

The College of Business with the assistance from the International Affairs department has expanded Study Abroad opportunities for business students. Click on the links below to learn more about these opportunities.



Europe - 2010

Thailand/Cambodia - 2010: Last day to apply February 12, 2010.
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Summer Brings International Experiences for Students and Faculty
Story by James Kneblik - eNews Newsletter

(St. Petersburg, Fla.) July 21, 2008 – Four classes of students and faculty traveled to four different countries this summer, gaining life-changing experiences in USF St. Petersburg study abroad programs. With fall semester approaching, planning for next summer’s international opportunities should begin now.

USF St. Petersburg business students at Jabil location in ChinaThe programs gave students in-depth language practice in France and Mexico, while business students traveled to China to study international marketing and Asian business concepts. A pilot program in the College of Education took students to Honduras for educational outreach in a rural mountain village.

Steve Ritch, PhD, director of International Affairs, oversees the development and logistics of these journeys and also directs the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Ritch said one opportunity, that all faculty should keep in mind, is the numerous ways to tie courses into a study abroad program.

Language courses lend themselves to international study, as do courses that focus on the history, culture or art of a country. Another approach is to teach course material in an environment or location appropriate for the course.

For example, in the summer of 2007, Ritch led six students through Greece, England and Italy for the Ethics and Power in Leadership course. Students studied several philosophers and explored where they lived. Ritch plans to lead the trip again next summer.

In addition to unique coursework available through study abroad, students experience cultural immersion, like Barbara Higel did during her trip to China. A graduate student and advisor at the College of Business, Higel said the opportunity to observe another culture was life-changing.

“Having that opportunity gave me the perspective of, ‘It’s just another way of life.’” Higel said. “It doesn’t mean it’s better or it’s worse. It’s just very different.”

Students interested in upcoming study abroad programs should apply by December 12 for priority consideration. Some programs offer a limited number of scholarships and more financial aid can be granted to individuals in study abroad programs, because of a greater tuition cost for that year. For more information on study abroad opportunities, click here.

Doing Business in Asia

Two business professors, Tom Ainscough, PhD, associate professor of marketing and Todd Shank, PhD, associate professor of finance, led the China study abroad trip from May 23 – June 11. The program, Doing Business in Asia, pinpointed key economic cities in the region and covered topics such as Asian history, establishing enterprise, consumer behavior and the relationship between business and culture. The six-credit program included two courses, Doing Business in Asia and International Marketing.

Participants spent nearly three weeks traveling, touring and studying in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The team gained first-hand perspectives of Chinese business culture by visits to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, factories, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Port of Hong Kong, General Motors Shanghai and IBM Shanghai.

Academic structure for the course included lectures posted online prior to leaving for China with exams and written assignments due upon return, a hybrid approach new for the program.

The cost was $3,800, not including airfare or personal expenses. For more information about Doing Business in China, click here.

For Higel, it was well worth the money.

“You learn a lot about yourself,” she said.

Spanish Language in Merida, Mexico

Narciso Hidalgo, PhD, assistant professor in Spanish, and 14 students embarked on a Spanish study tour of Merida, Mexico from May 11-June 7.

“They pledged when they got off the airplane they wouldn’t speak English for one month,” Ritch said.

While living with Mexican families and receiving Spanish instruction at the Universidad Marista, students were immersed in Spanish language and Mexican culture.

Participants toured the colonial part of Merida, the oldest cathedral in the Americas, colonial haciendas and visited Mayan ruins. Each student earned six credits, included in the program cost of $2,225.

French Language in Nice & Paris, France

A group of French language students are touring two French cities, Nice and Paris, as the final study abroad trip this summer. Led by Martine Fernandes, PhD, the month-long program includes two weeks of classroom time in St. Petersburg and two weeks in France, immersing the 13 students in culture and language. The group will return July 26.

This unique trip is giving students the opportunity to take language out of the class room and “go do it,” Ritch said.

The cost of the program was $2,500, not including airfare and personal expenses.

Study Abroad: Summer 2009

Planning is already underway for programs next summer and the French, Spanish and Doing Business in Asia trips are on the schedule.

Ritch plans to accept up to 12 students for his summer 2009 Leadership Ethics trip to Greece, England and Italy. With tremendous support and early interest from students, Ritch expects openings to fill up quickly. The course helps students wrestle with what they believe and how they interpret ethics within society.

The Ethics and Power of Leadership course studies a spectrum of teachings and philosophers such as Aristotle, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes. Ritch often asks his students what these thinkers had in common.

“They were crystal clear in what they believed in,” Ritch said. “If you’re going to be an ethical leader, you have to know what you believe in.”

The trip will cost about $4,800, including airfare. For more information concerning the trip and to see a photo gallery from summer 2007, click here.


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