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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Winter, Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Business Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

International Business Seminar Winter MBA


Paris, France
London, United Kingdom

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Faculty Director:
Prof. Chih-Chen Lee
Instructor Information

Program Overview


IBS MBA 19-20.pdf
for complete price and program description.
Includes comprehensive information on
dates, courses, travel, cost, and more.

The overall purpose of this seminar is to provide MBA students with 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.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the seminar, participants will be enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester and will receive three semester hours of graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.  The courses taken while participating on a seminar cannot be audited.

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 and Notes:  MKTG 505 or consent of department.


IDSP 501:  Study Abroad Programs - 3 semester hours
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.

NOTE REGARDING IDSP 501: Non-NIU students and students who have already received credit in MKTG 601 must enroll in IDSP 501.


MKTG 604:  Independent Study in Marketing - 3 semester hours
  Available to graduate students of demonstrated capability for intensive independent study in marketing.  May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours when the topic varies.  Not available for S/U grading.
Prerequisites and Notes:  MKTG 505 and consent of department.

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Student Life

Sudents generally stay in accommodations similar to ones in which the average business traveler stays.  The accommodations 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 here  or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at (and search for International Business Seminars Winter Break MBA) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or
$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.
November 15, 2019

Upon acceptance into the seminar, applicants must change their status to “Committed” and complete all post-decisions items on the Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant and reserve their place in the seminar.
Applicants who have not changed their status to “Committed” will be withdrawn from the seminar.
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APPLICATION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: The seminar is open to graduate students who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in international business management and global business.  Currently enrolled students must meet NIU Graduate School and College of Business GPA requirements.  Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application.  Students on academic probation are not eligible for participation.  Applicants must participate in the entire seminar and satisfy NIU 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 (e.g., the Graduate School, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.

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 program for graduate credit, a copy of the applicant's transcript must be submitted to the NIU Graduate School. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.

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Program Fees

NIU SEMINAR COST:  The seminar cost covers the following:
  • Airfare.
  • Hotel accommodations and daily Continental breakfast.
  • Surface transportation as described in this seminar announcement.
  • Sightseeing and excursions as outlined in this seminar description.
  • Seminar visits to businesses/industries.
  • Three or six semester hours of graduate credit.
  • NIU International Travel Insurance

SEMINAR COST:  $6,270*

*This amount represents the total amount in program charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account and, when combined, will equal the seminar cost listed above.
  • Study Abroad Program Charge
  • Instructional Cost
  • Academic Program Enhancement Fee (if applicable)
All prices quoted are subject to change.  The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad.  Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution, in addition to the seminar cost and NIU's School of Record fee of $960.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for grants, loans, or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization.  Tuition waivers do not apply.  
If you are an NIU student and plan to apply for aid or loans to supplement this study abroad program you must contact the NIU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office in Swen Parson 245, (815) 753-1395 to discuss your current aid package and what you might be eligible for during the Spring semester.  Questions regarding the program budget can be directed to Barbara Stark, International Affairs Business Manager, Williston Hall 407, (815) 753-9530, for more information.  Please visit for information on financial resources for study abroad.

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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 Advisory 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 Advisory 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.

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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:  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

Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.