The course title is Special Topics in Business: An International Business Experience. The course is designed for upper-level undergraduates and MBA students. It is a three credit-hour course.
The course content includes: Spain History and Context; World Trade and Globalization; Culture and Business; Effective Virtual Teams; Business in the European Union; Brand Positioning in Europe; and European Distribution Channels; and the essential of doing business in another country. The course will include three company visits, which are held are in Madrid, Granada, and/or Barcelona. The course will also include walking tours designed for cultural immersion.
The Spain Short-term Study Abroad Program is offered Summer A (campus) or Summer 1 (online). The course runs from May through June, 2019. The actual time in Spain will begin June 12th and conclude on June 23th. The course includes 7-8 online lectures prior to travel and travel in country from June 12th - June 23th. Student final presentation will occur in Spain.
The total tuition and program cost per student is $4,400. Please note the tuition and program costs do not include airfare. The amount is a fixed fee. The total amount is due before the beginning of the Summer A or Summer 1 semester. The fee cannot be broken up or deconstructed for alternative payment arrangements. Possible early registration discount available for first 7 students (see payment schedule below for more details).
The initial deposit of $800 is required upon acceptance into the course and no later than February 15th, 2019. The deposit fee is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due in three installments. The first installment of $1400 is due March 1, 2019, $1400 second installment is due April 1, 2019 and final installment of $800 is due May 1, 2019.
Any travel vouchers and Extended Study Scholarships will be deducted from the final installment.
Please note: Financial aid during the summer term is typically disbursed in early May. Consequently, students receiving financial aid will be responsible for total payment inclusive of the deposit and two installment payments. Florida Tech will not provide any coverage of the $4,400 cost for which the student anticipates financial aid coverage.
The expenses covered, for the $4,400 payment, include tuition, reading materials, ten nights of lodging in a four-star hotel (double occupancy) including complimentary breakfast, insurance (medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage), metro pass as needed, a cultural event, five dinners, lunch for four of the ten days, museum entrance as needed, study-abroad golf shirt, local transportation, transportation from Barcelona to Malaga (if applicable), as well as, company visits and touristic excursions.
The expenses not covered in the $4,400 tuition and program cost are: (1) airfare to and from Spain, (2) transportation to and from airports, (3) some dinners, souvenirs, tips and incidentals, and some lunches.
What is a realistic budget for the study abroad course?
The total expenses for the study abroad program are estimated at: (1) $4,400 for the program cost; (2) $700 - $1000 airfare (try to book early for lower cost); (3) $500 for meals and incidentals and (4) emergency funds (amount to be determined by the student).
Financial aid packages are available for summer session. Please contact the Florida Tech Financial Aid office for information on eligibility. There may be limits to financial aid for the study abroad program. The student should allow adequate time to verify eligibility with the Financial Aid office. The Financial Aid office can be reached at 321-674-8070.
The Spain component of the study abroad course is June 12 through June 23, 2019. Students typically depart for Spain on June 11, 2019. Most flight arrivals from the U.S. would occur in the morning hours on June 12, 2019. Departure flights would typically occur the morning of June 23, 2019, which means the study abroad is comprised of ten nights (June 12 through June 23).
The hotels for the study abroad will be selected during the spring semester 2019. In the past, our accommodations have included the Hotel Tryp Ambassador, Emperador Hotel, and other similar hotels near the Opera Metro stop in Madrid. We will also have comparable accommodations (yet to be determined) in Malaga and Granada.
No. Several lecture hours will be provided in a synchronous, online format prior to departure for Spain. Specific dates and time to be determined.
Lecutres will be provieded by both FIT faculty and our partner university (ESIC) in Spain. Approximately seven lecture hours, most of it covering marketing curriculum, will be provided in a traditional lecture format by faculty from the ESIC Business & Marketing School at the Madrid campus (see the website: www.esic.es/madrid/). The ESIC campus and personnel will be the hosts in Spain, organizing tours and providing usage of campus facilities and cafeteria. All other course content, whether online or in a traditional lecture format in Spain, will be provided by Dr. Charles Bryant, Assistant Professor, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Tech: http://www.fit.edu/faculty/profiles/profile.php?tracks=bryantc
Yes. This is our 9th year offering the Spain Study Abroad program. The program was offered in the summer of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Over the past 8 offerings of the program, undergraduate and graduate students from the main campus, from the online programs, from the Department of Extended Studies participated in the program. Photos from the summer Spain experience can be found at:http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AcuGLVkzZtWjkQ&emid=shareprintviewer&linkid=link4&cid=EM_sharview
More picture also available on closed specific trip on Facebook pages. Come see me to take a look.
For MBA students, this special topics course will serve as a replacment (for all MBA majors with the exception of the International Business and Healthcare students) for BUS 5070. If the student has already taken BUS 5470, then it will count for a business elective. For Healthcare and International Business MBA students the course will count for a business elective, whether BUS 5070 has been taken or not.
For undergraduate students, except International Business (IB) majors, this course will also serve as an elective. For IB majors this course will count for the International Trade course listed on the IB curriculum flowchart.
Yes. Last year more than 43 students applied, with 17 eventually participating in the program. The higher the GPA and the greater the number of credit hours earned, the more favorable a student’s application. If a student has fewer than 60 hours as an undergraduate, a petition to participate must be completed and given to Dr. Bryant. Graduate students with a GPA less than 3.2 will be considered less competitive in the selection process. The 2019 trip is limited to 16 students.