As the world was indeed becoming flat, The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business was ahead of its time in 2000 when it began requiring all of its students to take an international study trip at some point during their degree programs.
The Massey School views this practice as a way of expanding students' views of culture and the interdependency that exists between companies and countries around the world. Only a handful of other graduate business programs hold their graduate business students to a similar requirement.
Budapest & Vienna
March 7 - 14, 2015
Budapest is situated in the middle of the continent, serving as a bridge between Western and Eastern Europe; this is why the country's culture is so colorful and interesting. Despite its long experience with communist rule, by the beginning of the 21st century Budapest had emerged once again as one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. The local fashion and design scene has taken off, and of course there’s the food. Hungarian cuisine is worth traveling for, and the restaurants in Budapest are still a relative bargain compared to the rest of Europe.
The city boasts a highly educated workforce, with 17 universities and 180,000 students. As such it has become a favorite destination for foreign investors who intend to expand their operations in Central Eastern Europe. It is a major center for banking and finance, retailing, trade, transportation, tourism, real estate, new media as well as traditional media, advertising, legal services, accountancy, insurance, theater, fashion, and the arts.
Vienna used to be terribly old-fashioned. Its broad, sweeping boulevards are as grandiose as anything in Paris, but the atmosphere in its corner cafés was generally pretty sleepy. Today, the city is as handsome and elegant as ever, but it feels fresh and sprightly. With a host of new bars and restaurants to complement its haughty monuments, Vienna has rediscovered its joie de vivre.
While relaxing over coffee or wine is among Vienna’s most traditional pastimes, the city offers much more. Vienna is one of the world’s safest cities and counts excellent availability and variety of international schools, as well as quality housing, among its many other advantages. In fact, the city was recently ranked No. 1 in the world for quality of life for the third consecutive year.
Vienna’s location in the geographic center of Europe, its prominence as the headquarters for global institutions such as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, and its status as the capital of relatively prosperous Austria have insulated it from much of the economic unease felt elsewhere in Europe in recent years.
May 2-15, 2015
A flourishing metropolis, Taipei sits in a basin surrounded by mountains gushing with hot springs, but it's the urban attractions that garner the most attention in this capital city with about 7 million residents.
Taipei is modern in many ways, with a clean and efficient subway (MRT) system and lots of familiar brands occupying space in luxury shopping malls and department stores. But the city, spared the ravages of the Cultural Revolution on the mainland, retains its traditions. Taoist and Buddhist temples permeate the region, and few Taiwanese would consider making a major decision without first consulting a fortune-teller. For business travelers, this means the city is at once familiar and exotic—comfortable in many ways, but rarely boring.
Taipei makes an ideal base for international companies seeking to establish a presence in China and other Asian markets. The city has developed considerable footprints in electronics and petrochemicals and is now a center for not only manufacturing but also R&D. In fact, the area dominates in LED production, and its solar PV makers now account for nearly 20 percent of the global markets.
Know Europe (4 COUNTRIES)
Know Europe - Belgium, France, Holland and Spain
June - July, 2015
The Know - Europe Study Abroad Program is sponsored by Groupe ESC Normandie, Normandie Business School. Students visit Belgium, Holland, France and Spain. The Know Europe Program aims to provide participants with a first-hand initiation into the European business context. This gives a unique opportunity to appreciate the complexity of the European scene, both from a Northern and Southern Europe perspective.
This trip counts for 3 courses (MGT 6300, MGT 6350 and one elective). Your cost is tuition for each of these courses and airfare to and from Europe. Students are responsible for arranging their own flights. Massey students should be back in the U.S. in time to enroll in the second 5-week summer session if desired. Anyone interested should contact Melissa.
Coordinated by faculty leadership from the Ecole de Management de Normandie.
August 8-16, 2015
The majestic Andean Mountain range can be seen from almost anywhere in the city of Santiago. Due to its geographic location, Santiago is one of the few capital cities in the world which has easy access to both ski slopes and beaches. Most major multinational companies, whether European, North American or Japanese, have offices and/or representatives in Santiago. The result is an exciting economy and an amazing array of foreign and local businesses. The story of persistent economic success across significant political change provides a fascinating lesson. The warm people and perfect weather provide a gracious welcome to Chilean travelers.
With the Pacific to the West and the Andes to the East, Chile’s geography gives the country an ’island-feel’ – and this geographical position has influenced many trade policies in recent times. One of the most stable and successful of the Latin American economies, Chile has managed to forge innumerable trade agreements, including being the first country to negotiate a free trade agreement with China. Rich in natural resources, but desperately requiring more in terms of knowledge and technology transfer, Chilean firms are keen on communication and inter-cultural managerial discussions.