A mix of business visits of local organizations and cultural visits to places of interest. We will have six to seven business visits. Cultural visits in Beijing includes the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Hutong Tour. Cultural visits in Qingdao includes Laoshan scenic area and a city tour.
The Study Abroad Program at Cologne Business School (CBS), in Cologne, Germany will focus on the development and maintenance of an “ethical corporate culture”. Specifically, we will examine the impact that corporate culture has on operations when a U.S. company operates within the German culture. In this way, we hope to explore the ways in which corporate cultures differ across national boundaries, particularly for US-based companies operating overseas. This experience will be especially important given that Germany is considered to be the economic hub of the European Union. This carefully curated opportunity to introduce students to German corporate culture provides invaluable knowledge and first-hand experience that the student can then apply to their chosen career paths. Further, the norms illustrated within this context will provide students with direct evidence that their current understanding of corporate culture is inadequate. This will assist in helping students realize that “how business operates” in the U.S. is simply one perspective on how businesses should function in society. Part of our goal is to introduce “culture shock” to the students so they experience a disequilibrium in their beliefs about corporate culture, and then use this opening to develop and teach a unique set of skills to the participants that will better enable them to function effectively in an international business environment. It is when students deal with the unknown that they are more receptive to education and the growth it can provide.
9-10 nights lodging in 3-star hotels with internet access, breakfast, and double or triple occupancy.
The Nazarian College desires to offer opportunities to its students to discover foreign cultures and business environments. Thus, each student will only pay a maximum of $800 for this study tour and the Nazarian College will cover all remaining expenses. The trip cost will include international airfare, local transportation, business visits, visits to places of interest and some meals. Student participants will provide a deposit of $400 in January 2019 (for China) or April 2019 (for Germany) and pay the balance approximately 2 months before departure.
The following expenses are not included in the $800 trip cost and are the responsibility of each participant: transportation to/from the LAX airport, costs of passport and visa application, immunizations, meals not covered during the travel period, and any personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, etc.
- Must be majoring in any of the undergraduate degree programs of the Nazarian College at the time of the trip.
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and CSUN GPA of 2.0 at the time of applying.
- Completion at least of 60 units and Bus302/L at the time of the trip.
- Must provide a valid passport, with expiration date after January 31, 2020 (for China) or March 2020 (for Germany), for international travel to the study tour organizers during the first preparation meeting on February 1, 2019 (for China) or in April 2019 (for Germany), otherwise, you will lose your eligibility. It is not necessary that you have a valid passport for, submitting the application.
*Note: Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have no prior international travel experience.
China Study Tour Application
Germany Study Tour Application
This application includes personal, academic, and financial information, as well as an essay that describes the interest of the applicant for this study tour.
Participating students will be asked to attend meetings taking place before and after the trip (preparation and debrief). Additionally, participants are expected to contribute to the future internationalization efforts by sharing their trip experience through various formats of the marketing campaign which may include written reports, oral presentations, and attendance to study tour promotion events.
The organizers and the student participants will follow a rigorous preparation schedule to ensure a safe, rewarding, and pleasant study tour full of learning, discovery, great memories, and fun.
Once students are approved for the trip, they will be enrolled in a class in Canvas. This class will have a webpage with all the necessary information and the Canvas functionalities of communication.