Department of Management and Marketing

The Doermer School of Business offers a unique “experiential learning” opportunity to work with a regional firm that is investigating the possible entry into a foreign market, and to travel overseas as part of that learning. Students, working as a team, serve as "consultants' to the local firm and prepare and present a detailed business plan to the client firm.

Through the 3-credit course D490: Special Studies in International Business Administration, students seek to understand the cultural and business environment of selected foreign markets. The experiential highlight of the course is an all expense paid 8 to 10 day study trip (including airfare, hotel and meals) to our partner academic institution in the country under consideration. Recent ‘on-site” trips include destinations such as Grenoble, France and Monterrey, Mexico. Negotiations are currently under way to establish a partner relationship with an academic institution in the Far East. While ‘on-location”, students attend lectures and seminars at the hosting academic institution on topics that range from local culture to local business practices. The international study trip also includes, subject to change, visits to a local company, and cultural outings. The intent is to gain an intensive immersion into the host nation’s cultural and business environment, which then forms the foundation of the report prepared for the client firm in the Fort Wayne region. We hope this on-site study program will provide students with a memorable and highly personal learning experience that is both intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding. An SBMS faculty member, who has the primary responsibility for this course, will accompany the students on the international trip.

This course is not just a junket. It includes regular classes before and after the trip. The classes are designed to prepare the student for the cultural differences to be encountered and to understand the specific situation of a northeast Indiana firm interested in exporting to, or doing business in, the subject nation. As "consultants' to the local firm, the student team will prepare and present a detailed business plan for the client’s consideration and possible implementation. The student’s grade will be determined by his/her participation in the seminar classes in Fort Wayne and the overseas host institution, the business plan developed by the team, and an individual essay of about 1000 words. There are no examinations.

This international course is available to a select group of undergraduate business students. Restricted enrollment in this course is based upon the student application and past academic achievements. In order to apply for this exciting opportunity, students should be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be in good standing with no disciplinary problems, and have completed each of M301, F301, P301, and Z302 prior to the D490 course.

Students who are accepted will receive official notification. Since the Doermer School of Business will incur a significant expense for each student’s airline ticket, which is non-transferable, students should be committed to completing the course if selected. Accepted students, who do not already have a U.S. passport, should immediately apply for one, since this process may take several weeks. The passport application form may be obtained from the main post office at 1501 South Clinton Street in Fort Wayne. Permanent residents (not U.S. citizens) may have to obtain a visa for the host country.

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