Field of Study
Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (6 cr.)
Gain hands-on project management, critical thinking, intercultural as well as career skills while immersing yourself in French business and culture.
Summer Session I (June 2 - 29, 2018)
Business & Culture in France
This study abroad program is intended to give students experience with European culture and the business environment in France, while also completing a required course. With a rich history, beautiful scenery, centralized location within Europe, and deep cultural ties to the United States, France has long been an attractive location for study abroad programs. The country is a key trading partner to the U.S. and a net exporter since 1992. This trip will provide the students an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the major drivers of the French economy.
The major component of the program is to experience business and culture in France, and by extension, Europe. We will visit a variety of businesses, and have lectures by business professionals. Particular emphasis will be on technology companies as our location provides easy access to the Sophia Antipolis Technology Park. Students will also gain cultural competency through visiting historical sites and museums, including a weekend excursion to Paris.
Freshmen through Seniors, and Graduate Students.
Minimum GPA: 2.5. (We will use mid-term grades for freshmen to determine eligibility.)
Non-business students and graduate students are also welcome to participate. Priority is given to undergraduate business students.
Credits and Courses
Students will take MGT 3304 and MGT 3954 or MGT 5954. This course can also be substituted for the Area 3 and/or Area 7 requirement. These credits also count towards Pamplin’s International Business Minor.
Students are required to participate in French language classes as well as company and cultural visits. Keeping a journal covering experiences and observations on cultural differences between France and the US is also required.
The cost of the program is $3,400.
The fee includes all lodging, a meal allowance, group travel, French language lessons, several group dinners, and allowance to cover museum entrance fees. The fee does not include airfare, VT tuition, personal expenses and Passport fees if needed.
A $500 non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance to secure your place in the program, with the balance due by December 10th.
University Tuition & Fees
Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/.
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis once all paperwork is completed. Click the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.
Acceptance & DepositOnce you are accepted into the program you will be billed a $500 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. The balance of the program fee will be due by December 10th.