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Six-Week Summer Business Programs Abroad Provide Rich Global Experiences

Applications are currently being accepted for a slate of international summer programs to be offered to Penn State students next year. The six-week courses with a business focus are led by Smeal College of Business faculty, giving students an opportunity to take unique classes in an international setting with Smeal professors.
November 22, 2013

Students in front of the Vienna International Centre
Students in front of the Vienna International Centre. Vienna was one of the stops on the study tour of the faculty-led program, East to West: The World of Central-Eastern Europe.

Applications are currently being accepted for a slate of international summer programs to be offered to Penn State students next year. The six-week courses with a business focus are led by Smeal College of Business faculty, giving students an opportunity to take unique classes in an international setting with Smeal professors.

Destinations and courses planned for summer 2014 include:

  • Salvador, Brazil -- Culture, Business & Language
  • Copenhagen, Denmark -- Managing Business in Today’s Global Economy
  • Pforzheim, Germany -- European & German Business, Politics & Culture
  • Florence, Italy -- Florence, The World of Business & Italian Culture
  • Maastricht, the Netherlands -- East to West: The World of Central-Eastern Europe
  • Maastricht, the Netherlands -- Economics of European Integration

Applications for summer programs are due by Feb. 1, 2014. For more information on the business and other summer programs available to Smeal students, visit http://ugstudents.smeal.psu.edu/study-abroad/choosing-a-program/summer or contact Maureen Desorcie, assistant director of international programs, at mgd10@psu.edu.

The newest offering in the summer program portfolio, East to West: The World of Central-Eastern Europe, provides an analysis of the historical and current processes leading to economic, political, and social reforms in East Central Europe.

Attended by 10 Penn State students during the inaugural run in 2013, the six-week program includes a study tour through Eastern Europe. The 16-day tour included stops in Berlin, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria.

“In each country, we looked at the transition from communism and Soviet occupation to a market economy and the privatization of industry,” said Harris Beck, a junior Supply Chain and Information Systems major who attended the program.

After the study tour, students spent another three weeks in Maastricht, where they continued to apply the knowledge gained on the study tour by examining transition issues associated with their movements toward Western societies.

According to Austin Jaffe, director of international programs and Philip H. Sieg Professor of Business Administration, up to 400 Smeal students travel abroad each year, either through faculty-led summer programs or semester-long study abroad, to more than 80 different destinations. Jaffe is the faculty member in charge of the International Business minor and leads global studies efforts for Smeal.

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