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International Business Seminar Winter 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Geneva, Switzerland; Heidelberg, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
Budget Sheets Winter Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2015 11/14/2014 ** Rolling Admission 12/27/2014 01/11/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Business Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

International Business Seminar #1

OverviewIBS


 

 
Faculty Directors:
Prof. Chih-Chen Lee
Instructor Information

 

Program Overview

The overall purpose of this seminar is to provide participants an opportunity to be exposed to the international business environment and practices outside the United States.  In addition, this seminar provides participants an opportunity to develop insight into the cultural, social, and political environments of each country to be visited.  Participation in an International Business Seminar is a unique way for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in international business, or a related field, to acquire a firsthand view of international business practices, and experience the excitement of traveling outside the United States.

For a complete program PDF, please click IBS#1 14-15

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Course Offerings


For satisfactory participation in the seminar, participants will be enrolled for the spring 2015 semester and will receive three semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.  The courses taken while participating on a seminar cannot be audited.

UNDERGRADUATE  CREDIT:
 

MKTG 387:  International Study in Marketing
3 semester hours

Description: Short-term study-abroad experience to study cultural differences, problems, issues, trends, and practices in marketing within the international environment.  Includes visits to foreign organizations, presentations by marketing managers and executives, and discussions with foreign and domestic international faculty.  Supervised by a faculty member.

Prerequisites:  UBUS 310 or MKTG 310, or consent of department.

OR
 

INTL 301: Study Abroad Programs 
3 semester hours


Description: Course work undertaken as part of an approved university study abroad program.  May be counted toward the satisfaction of general education requirements if approved as the equivalent of an authorized general education course.

GRADUATE CREDIT:
 

MKTG 601:  International Study in Marketing 
3 semester hours


Description: Short-term study-abroad experience to study cultural differences, problems, issues, trends, and practices in marketing within the international environment.  Includes visits to foreign organizations, presentations by marketing managers and executives, and discussions with foreign and domestic international faculty.  Supervised by a faculty member.

Prerequisites:  MKTG 505 or consent of department.

OR
 

IDSP 501: Study Abroad Programs  
3 semester hours


Description: Course work undertaken as part of an approved university study abroad program.  May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours.


INTL 301 and IDSP 501: Non-NIU students and students who have already received credit in MKTG 387 or MKTG 601 must enroll in INTL 301 (undergraduate level) or IDSP 501 (graduate level).  Non-NIU students wishing to enroll in MKTG 387 or MKTG 601 may petition the chair of the Marketing Department for admission into this course.  Please contact the Study Abroad Office for further information on the petition process.




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Student Life

Students generally stay in accomodations similar to ones in which the average buisness traveler stays. The accomodations are
classified as first class or superior tourist class.  In most cities, the hotels are centrally located near entertainment centers, eating establishments, shopping centers, laundry facilities, public transportation, banks and post office facilities.

Participants will normally share a double room with twin beds and private bath and toilet facilities.  Room assignments are rotated so that participants will get better acquainted with other members of the seminar.  The faculty seminar coordinator will make the room assignments in each new city.  Continental breakfasts, which normally consist of a roll, butter, jam, coffee/tea, will be provided by all hotels, however, the serving time for breakfast may vary from country to country.  Students are responsible for all room charges including telephone, food, dry cleaning, etc.  These charges must be paid at check-out.

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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click IBS Winter #1 or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at https://niu.studioabroad.com (and search for International Business Seminars Winter Break #1) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.

$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT: A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 

The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website.
 
FINAL DATE FOR APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE SEMINAR:  November 14, 2014.

Eligibilty

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: The seminar is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in global business.  Currently enrolled students must meet NIU Graduate School and College of Business GPA requirements. Students who are on academic probation are not eligible to participate.  Applicants must participate in the entire seminar and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  Except in cases of extreme emergency, students may not arrive after or depart before the dates indicated for the seminar.

Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program

For undergraduate students to be admitted to the seminar, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript: the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Students who want to participate in the seminar and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the seminar for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.  However, students who will participate in the seminar in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled nor previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned. This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the seminar.  (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)

Individuals do not, however, have to be currently enrolled in a college or university.  Quite often the participants are practicing professionals or pursuing an advanced degree in a business-related area.  Questions relating to the admission requirements should be directed to the NIU Study Abroad Office (SAO).

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Program Fees

NIU SEMINAR COST:  The seminar cost covers the following: 

1) Hotel accommodations.
2) Daily Continental breakfast.
3) Surface transportation as described in this seminar announcement.
4) Sightseeing and excursions as outlined in this seminar description.
5) Seminar visits to businesses/industries.
6) NIU tuition for three or six semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit.
7) NIU major medical insurance.
8) Airfare

SEMINAR COST:  $7,160
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS: Several costs are not included in the program cost that is cited above.  Other expenses that will be incurred by the participants include:

• Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $135, including passport photos)
• Visa fees (if applicable)
• $40 Undergraduate application fee (Non-NIU undergraduate students only)
• Most lunches and dinners
• Entrance fees for free-time pursuits
• Purchases of a personal nature

The amount of spending money recommended by past participants ranges from $50-$150 per day, depending on an individual’s spending habits.

NIU UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FEE:  There is a $40 non-refundable Undergraduate application fee for students applying to NIU for the first time.  If you are currently enrolled at NIU as a degree-seeking undergraduate student, you are not required to submit this payment.

If you are applying to NIU for the first time you will be provided with a link in your acceptance packet that will guide you to the online NIU Undergraduate Application.  In the online application you will be asked to pay the $40 application fee by credit card or check.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, prosenberg@niu.edu for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE SEMINAR:  Applicants withdrawing from the program less than sixty (60) days before the seminar departure will not be refunded the $100 NIU program deposit and will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to by IBS to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant's behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $100 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.


If the applicant must withdraw from the seminar less than sixty (60) days before the seminar departure date for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

 
1)      The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician's letterhead; and

2)      NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  




CANCELLATION OF THE SEMINAR:  The Study Abroad Office and International Business Seminars reserve the right to cancel this seminar if the minimum required enrollment is not attained. If, prior to the commencement of the seminar, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for any of the countries to be visited, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the seminar. If, during the course of the seminar, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the country the group is currently in, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the seminar.
 
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINARS RESERVE
THE RIGHT TO ALTER OR CANCEL THIS PROGRAM AS MAY BE DEEMED NECESSARY!

Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this seminar. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.

Individuals who do not currently posses a valid passport should apply for one immediately.
Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this seminar. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in England and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.


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Contact Information

QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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