Gain a truly global business perspective.

What is the objective of the program?
What are the academic requirements of the global travel course, Doing Business in World Regions?
What are the required prerequisites?
May I bring a guest with me? (SPICE-Spouse, Partner, International Cultural Exchange)
What are my financial responsibilities?
Will I need a passport or a visa to travel?
If I am a non U.S. passport holder what do I do about a visa if it is required?
What happens if I need to withdraw from the course prior to travel due to an emergency? Will I get a refund?
What are the destinations and when will I find out about them?
What happens on the trips?
Travel Destinations for June 2014-June 2015


What is the objective of the program?
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The objective of our global travel required course is to expand your vision of how business operates worldwide by offering the opportunity to travel abroad for an executive level 10 day global immersion trip. This course supports the mission of Graduate Business “Think Globally, Lead Responsibly.” This experience will improve your understanding of the significance of the visiting countries’ impact on American business, culture and the world economy firsthand, creating a global and responsible mindset.  Doing Business in World Regions is a 4 quarter unit course.

What are the academic requirements of the global travel course, Doing Business in World Regions? [back to top]
This course will include lectures from prominent professors at our partner university, company visits to multinational, national corporations and non-profit organizations. The impact of these lectures and visits will be carried forward by faculty led discussions. Cultural visits, sightseeing and evening activities will also be included to enhance your overall experience. Pre-travel and post travel assignments will be required. On the trip you will be required to participate in all of these activities. Upon return, a reflection paper and short presentation based on your experience will be required. There will be one 8 hour workshop prior to travel, and an 8 hour post-trip class project presentation upon return (these will typically be done on Sundays).

What are the required prerequisites? [back to top]

  • Students admitted to the program after Autumn 2014 will be expected to complete all of the foundation courses to meet the travel course prerequisites.
  • Good academic standing (3.0 or higher)
  • Quarterly tuition must be paid in full prior to travel
  • $1,000 non-refundable deposit paid six months prior to travel
  • International students, must work with the International Students Office to obtain the proper signatures for travel. For more information contact Janet Amador, Associate Director of Global Programs, at (925) 631-4515.

May I bring a guest with me? (SPICE-Spouse, Partner, International Cultural Exchange) [back to top]
While we encourage you to bring a guest on the trip, there is a limit of five per trip (if places are available). They are invited to attend all of the academic and cultural activities that we offer. In our experience, guests tend to get as interested in the lectures and company visits as our graduate students.  The cost will be determined for each trip.

What are my financial responsibilities? [back to top]

  • The tuition for this course includes: hotel, all breakfasts, some meals, ground transportation while on the trip, course materials, all sightseeing and activities unless otherwise noted on an individual trip.  You will be required to include: airfare, ground transportation from the airport to the hotel, passport fees, visa application fees (if required) and the cost of any required inoculations. During the course of the trip, you will be asked to cover on your own expense some lunches and dinners. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required six months prior to travel. This deposit goes towards the overall tuition payment.  Once the deposit is made, it cannot be applied towards future travel. The deposit of the June/July trips will be due on February 1, and the deposit for the September/October trip will be due on April 1. This is being done to ensure commitment to travel on a particular trip offering.
  • Depending on your individual financial aid package, the deposit may be covered by financial aid.
  • You are responsible for your own travel and regular medical insurance. Saint Mary’s College will provide Emergency Medical Insurance.

Will I need a passport or a visa to travel? [back to top]
Yes, you will definitely need to have a passport that will not expire within six months of the last day of travel for the class. For example, if you go on a June/July trip and return on July 5 your passport must not expire until at least 6 months after July 5 which is December 5 of that same year. In some cases you will need a visa to travel. If that is the case, you will be assisted by the trip manager and the travel vendor through the application process. There is a fee for obtaining a visa and that is not included in the tuition.

If I am a non U.S. passport holder what do I do about a visa if it is required? [back to top]
The travel vendor will assist you in completing the necessary documents for the country of your visit. Since the process for getting a visa may take a month or more, it is advisable to reach out to our Saint Mary’s College International Students Office for further assistance with the paperwork. The International Students Office may be contacted at (925) 631-4352.

What happens if I need to withdraw from the course prior to travel due to an emergency? Will I get a refund? [back to top]
If you must withdraw from a course due to an emergency, you may petition for a partial refund. Petitions must be done in writing and submitted to the Business Office. Refund petitions under these circumstances will be considered after all expenses related to the course have been paid. Any amounts paid on your behalf will be deducted from the deposit amount, prior to refunds. Petitions will be considered at the completion of the course.  You will be required to pay the $1,000 deposit for the subsequent trip.

What are the destinations and when will I find out about them? [back to top]
There will be two trips offered per year, destinations will be announced 2 years in advance of travel. The timing of travel will be during the breaks between spring and summer quarter and the summer and autumn quarter. 

What happens on the trips? [back to top]

  1. Deep learning about global business and doing business in the country/region.
  2. Cultural immersion and experiential learning through:
    • Cultural hands on training.
    • Case studies.
    • Role play and local country interaction, books and articles.
    • Interaction with local country managers and citizens and cultural site visits.
    • Hands-on “service learning.”  Lectures and discussion, expert panels, through case studies, bottom of the pyramid visits, company visits.
    • Hands-on Project: Hands-on social enterprise/service learning project experience.
    • Immersion learning about regional history, society, and doing business in the country region.
    • Holistic human ecology and responsible business learning.

Travel Destinations for June 2014-June 2015 [back to top]

Year Destination
2014- Break between Spring and Summer Quarter Korea
2015-Break between Spring and Summer Quarter Spain

 

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