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Undergrad Int'l Business Abroad

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Winter

Location:

London, England

Credit:

Resident

Application Due:

9/10

Program Cost:

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The Tippie College of Business sponsors two 15-day Winter intersession courses in London designed to provide students with an international experience. Students may apply for one of the courses, which explore business issues through class discussions, guest lecturers, and field trips. Students also have free time to visit historic and cultural attractions and experience the many markets, shops, restaurants, theatre and entertainment venues that London has to offer. The course is memorable for both seasoned travelers and those who have not traveled abroad. It also provides an opportunity for students with demanding academic schedules who may not be able to study abroad during a year-long or semester-length program to gain a valuable international perspective.

Academic Program

Each 3 s.h. course is taught by a Tippie College of Business faculty member. Course topics and faculty leaders vary from session to session. Check with a UPO advisor to determine how credit applies to major, elective, or the International Business Certificate requirements.

2013-2014 Winter Courses

165:854:001 International Finance
Professor Artem Durnev

This class is designed to introduce students to the global financial environment. London is the perfect place to study international finance. London remains at the top of the league of global financial centers. London possessed the world's most important currency exchange market and money market. London's investment bankers and commercial banks are among the most important in the world. This class focuses on providing a solid understanding of both the institutional and economic forces affecting the international financial markets and the firm. Such an understanding is essential as successful financial managers must be able to effectively assess the many risks and opportunities which daily affect their firms. We will study how currency markets operate, how various financial indicators are interlinked through the world markets, and their role in the recent financial crisis. We will also emphasize central bank policies and governance regulations and procedures in different countries. The course is tailored to students seeking careers in the government sector, international banking and investment or with finance and strategy departments of corporations operating in the world markets.

Students must register under the course number 165:854 001 (ABRD 3025) through the Study Abroad Program. The Study Abroad course number will be converted to 6F:130 (FIN 4240) upon completion of the program.

Prerequisites: 6F:100; 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA or consent of program director


165:854:002 Contemporary Topics in Marketing: Problems in International Marketing
Professor Cathy Cole

In this course, students will study: the differences between international and domestic marketing and investigate how environmental conditions, especially cultural, affect marketing success beyond U.S. borders. In particular, this course focuses on major issues in international marketing that are not emphasized in other classes: international marketing challenges associated with branding, sports marketing, fluctuations in exchange rates, retailing and advertising.

Through lectures, analysis of current business practices and actual experiences, students will learn about global marketing strategies.

The course is appropriate for 1) any students seeking a follow-up course to the basic marketing class, 2) students who plan marketing careers with a significant international component, and 3) students who plan international careers in general management or other functional areas and who want to understand more about international marketing.

Students must register under the course number 165:854 002 (ABRD 3025) through the Study Abroad Program. The Study Abroad course number will be converted to 6M:190 (MKTG 400) upon completion of the program.

Prerequisites: 60 s.h.; 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA or consent of program director

Program Dates

For the winter 2013-14 session the program will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2013 and end on Thursday, January 9, 2014

Depart US: Thursday, December 26, 2013 (no early admission to housing permitted)

Arrive in London: Friday, December 27, 2013

Return to US or independent travel: Friday, January 10, 2014

For More Information

Shari Piekarski
Undergraduate Program Office
C140 Pappajohn Business Building
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-1037


Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-0353

Host Institution

The program headquarters and classroom is located on Bedford Square near the British Museum in the Bloomsbury district of London, providing excellent access to central London destinations such as the West End theatre district, Parliament, Trafalger Square, and other locations of interest.

Accommodation

Students are housed in shared rooms in fully-furnished apartments in central London within walking distance of the classroom. The apartments include a living area, kitchen, and bath, and laundry facilities are available in the building.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and information provided by the program coordinators. Students arriving within a designated window of time will be met at Heathrow airport and transported to their apartments in central London.

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, students will be informed whether there is sufficient interest to offer the trip. Instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared at that time.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2014:

Those with valid passports already should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through July 2014.

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Federal Building/Post Office on South Clinton Street or at the U.S. State Department web site.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive) and we encourage students to ask at the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

A special note to international students

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter's program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency's web site to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Eligibility

Students with questions about their eligibility for these courses should discuss their situation with Matt Edwards or Shari Piekarski in the Undergraduate Program Office, 319-335-1037.

Application Deadline

September 10, 2013. Early applications are encouraged; courses will be filled with eligible students based on the date of the application submission.

How to Apply

The application form is available on the Tippie College of Business website.

UI students who apply to this program will be U-billed the $50 application fee. The application form, along with a copy of your passport identification page, should be submitted to:

Study Abroad, International Programs
University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Program admission decisions will be based on several factors:

• Course eligibility requirements met;
• Submission date of complete application; and
• Course selection

Enrollments must meet at least 25 students in order for the course to be offered. No more than 31 students can be accommodated in each course.

A special note to International students:

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a ‘Student Visitor Visa’ before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter’s study abroad program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency’s web site to find out if you need to apply:http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/

If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application, but it is your responsibility to obtain the correct visa

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the U.S. You can obtain a travel signature from an international student advisor in International Students and Scholars, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Costs

The base program fee for Winter 2013-14 is $2,388, and includes educational costs, cultural programs which typically includes a welcome dinner, half-day coach tour of London, tour of St. Paul's Cathedral, day trip to Stonehenge and Bath, theatre performance, company or site visits and speakers, travel pass for unlimited travel in central London (buses and subway), on-site orientation and support in London, 24/7 access to a computer lab in the classroom facility, and housing in shared flats in central London with cooking and free laundry facilitie. Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees of $544 and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance described here. The total amount charged on the ubill (base fee, admin fees and insurance) will be $2,950. Students should also be prepared to pay for round-trip airfare to London, personal expenses, local transportation not covered by the program, books and meals. Total estimated cost of attendance (excluding any passport expenses) is $5,135. There is a $50 application fee.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

You may be able to use financial aid for winter courses, particularly if you already use it for fall/spring. Speak with the Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

Winter study abroad students are also able to apply for Study Abroad scholarships. There are three: Need-based (for those who use financial aid), Merit-based (for those with a GPA of 3.33 and above), and a Diversity Ambassador scholarship (eligibility includes students from under-represented backgrounds, LGBT students, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and others.).

Enrollment and Flight Materials

The following items materials should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFACCENT Pre-departure Student Handbook

PDFFlight Information

PDFFacebook Group Information

PDFTips for purchasing a plane ticket

Please SUBMIT the following materials by Friday, October 11th.

PDFACCENT enrollment materials Please note that "Form 6: Arrival Information" can be turned in later if you do not have your flights booked by October 11.

Confirmation Materials

Below is a checklist of items students that accepted students must SUBMIT by Friday, September 20th in order to reserve your space on the program.

1) PDFConfirmation of Participation Form

2) PDFMedical Self-Assessment form

3) Photocopy of your Passport Identification Page, which includes your photo and passport number.
(If you supplied this with your application, please disregard this item. If you do not already have a passport, you should apply for one immediately and submit a copy of the identification page when you receive it.)

The following materials should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFPayment and Withdrawal Schedule

PDFUI Financial Aid Information

PDFThings to do in London

Health Insurance Information

During the fall semester, more forms supplied by our partner in London, ACCENT, will be posted on this site. You will receive an e-mail from Study Abroad when they are available.