Doermer School of Business

International Program

"Going to China was an experience of a lifetime! The program was packed full of Chinese company visits, educational seminars, exquisite dining experiences, once in a lifetime cultural experiences, and of course, great shopping! If any student is interested in learning more about doing business in another country, they shouldn't leave IPFW without getting this experience!" ˜Heather Benfield, 2008 Lawson Scholar

"The experience that I had in China was one of exorbitant proportions, and seemingly almost incomprehensible to the average person.  Words alone are not capable of describing the most culturally enhancing, educational, and utterly life altering experience I have ever had." ˜ Jeremy D. Redding,  2008 Lawson Scholar

 "Looking back, the class was very beneficial.  I was able to apply my business knowledge that I gained while at IPFW and was able to apply it in a "real-world" setting.  I could not put a price tag on how much I learned from this  class.  I also could not put it into to words how much appreciation I have for IPFW and the generous donors that make this class what it is today." ˜ Brian Prather, 2007 Lawson Scholar

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 Monterrey, Mexico, Monterrey Tech (ITESM), in Spring 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and Fall 2007; Grenoble, France, Grenoble Ecole de Management in Fall 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; China, Fudan University in Shanghai and Beijing University in Beijing in Spring 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010; Agra, Bangalore, Gurgaon, New Delhi, and Noida, India in Spring 2011 and 2012; and Morocco in Spring 2013.  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 DSB 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.


Lawson Scholars:

  • This opportunity has been made possible by a generous grant from Mr. William H. Lawson, retired CEO of Franklin Electric.
  • The selected students will be designated as Lawson Scholars and will be so identified in all official school communications.