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This seminar to Prague and Berlin will broaden students' general awareness of the international business climate of Central Europe. Students will gain a greater understanding of the business, political, and educational issues affecting this region's transition from a centralized to a market-driven economy. Additional goals of the program are:
To expose students to the business environment in the European Union.
To expose students to some of the problems the EU faces as it expands east to absorb Central and Eastern European countries which, for a long time, were under communist regimes.
To expose students to the cultural differences among European countries.
To show students how the definition of "business ethics" can change based on cultural values and legal environment.
Past on-site business visits have included those to Toyota, Volkswagen, Ernst & Young's legal department, a glass manufacturer, a brewery, DDB advertising, CSOB (a major Czech Bank), Applycon (a small manufacturer), Czech Republic and Slovakia McDonald's headquarters and the Museum of Communism. While in Berlin, the group also receives a lecture from a retired professor of Economics and Business at Vienna University on the business environment in Central and Eastern Europe. Appropriate business attire will be required at corporate and government visits.
Traveling from Berlin to Prague, students will have an opportunity to visit Dresden, a beautiful and historic city that is one of the important cultural, educational, political, and economic centers of Germany.
MEET THE FACULTY
The faculty director for this program is Dr. Petr Chadraba from the Department of Marketing.
There will be three pre-trip class sessions at DePaul's Loop campus in the spring quarter and one post-trip class meeting. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory. Participation in the class meetings and company visits will be considered for the course grade. Dr. Chadraba will requirements for a grade at the first required pre-departure class. The course syllabus will provide a more detailed explanation of grading standards.The course syllabus will provide additional details on the assessment of participants, but attendance at scheduled activities, appropriate behavior during the seminar, and a post-trip paper are expected.
Course: ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Business Seminar Credits: 4 credit hours Term registered: Spring 2017 Liberal Studies Domains: Global Business Perspective & Experiential Learning (EL) Taught by: Dr. Petr Chadraba Course Description: This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others'.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.
Hotel accommodations are double occupancy and include breakfast.
COSTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FINANCIAL AID
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.
PASSPORT AND VISA
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Czech Republic and Germany program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.
STUDY ABROAD CONTACT
Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Quang Tran. DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.