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Business Study Abroad

Western Michigan University's Haenicke Institute for Global Education offers study abroad and exchange programs for business majors and minors in locations spanning three continents and 15 countries. Programs may focus on accountancy, economics, finance, marketing, management and intensive foreign language study. See the list below for countries and universities. Comprehensive program profiles may be accessed online through WMU Study Abroad.

Students should contact Barb Caras-Tomczak, study abroad advisor, for information on study abroad programs, scholarships and general information about the application process:

For more information, visit the WMU Study Abroad website and the links below.

Study abroad programs vary in terms of deadlines and necessary steps, so please consult advisors and the WMU Study Abroad website early.

Short-term programs

Australia: Business Leaders Down Under (3 credits)

Leadership is the focus of this study abroad program, with each participant having the opportunity to be a leader. You will lead your team of peers in business simulation competitions with Australian students at universities in Melbourne and Sydney. Healthy living and exercise are important for leaders to keep their stress in check and meet the demands of leadership. This trip includes regularly scheduled group exercise led by a certified personal trainer, who will work with you to develop your own exercise and fitness plan. In addition, you will get to experience the best of Australian culture with a tour of the Yarra Valley wine region, attending an Aussie Rules Football game at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, and getting up close and personal with Australian wildlife at the Featherdale Animal Park. During the highly recommended optional week in Cairns, you will get scuba certified and dive on the Great Barrier Reef as well as spend a day whitewater rafting on the Tully River. 

For more information, email Dr. Bret Wagner.

Dominican Republic: Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic (3 credits)

This program offers you the opportunity to experience Latin business culture in the Dominican Republic. The course includes classroom instruction at WMU before departure as well as classroom time at Universidad Iberoamericana to introduce you to how consumers and businesses operate in the Dominican Republic, with an emphasis on advertising and marketing. The program offers field trips to businesses to provide opportunities to observe and interact with different types of business organizations, including advertising agencies. There will also be site visits to a number of manufacturing companies operating in the Dominican Republic to understand global business operations.

For more information, email Dr. Karen M. Lancendorfer or Dr. Ann Veeck.

Germany: Business and Culture in Germany (3 or 6 credits)

This program involves company and university visits while also including German history and culture. You will visit Berlin, Wolfsburg (headquarters of Volkswagen), Paderborn, the Rhein River Region and Cologne. This program includes an optional third week taking a global negotiating course alongside German students. 

For more information, email Dr. Jim Eckert.

India (Bangalore): Sustainability in the Developing World (3 credits)

India is the fastest growing free market economy in the world and is predicted to become the third largest economy by 2020. It is the world's largest democracy. One hundred Fortune 500 companies have a presence in India. At the same time, India struggles with a number of environmental and social challenges, including toxic air pollution in its urban centers, poverty, hunger, and women's rights abuses. This study abroad will provide exposure to the spectrum of inequality across India and allow students to critically analyze business's role in society. The trip will include a combination of historical site visits; visits to industries and non-governmental organizations; an Indian cooking class, taught by a chef; dance and cultural programs; and a visit to the architectural wonder, the Taj Mahal.

For more information, email Dr. Timothy Palmer.

Portugal: Business and Culture in Europe (3 credits)

This program will introduce you to a variety of businesses and industries in Portugal. Participants will meet with entrepreneurs and local trade experts to discuss the area's economic and political environment. In addition, there will be time for cultural exploration in the capital of Lisbon – one of the oldest, safest and most picturesque cities in the world. 

For more information, email Dr. Steve Newell or Barb Tomczak

Thailand: Business and Culture in Thailand (3 credits)

This program will introduce you to Bangkok, Thailand, where you will visit several companies. This program also offers an optional week in a tropical paradise in the southern part of Thailand. 

For more information, email Dr. Duke Leingpibul.

Semester programs

CIMBA: Paderno de Grappa, Italy

CIMBA—the Consortium of Universities for International Studies—is dedicated to providing unique educational opportunities to undergraduate, graduate and executive program participants and is committed to providing an innovative learning environment to better prepare today's young professionals for leadership in the global marketplace. The CIMBA campus is located in the Veneto region of Italy, one of the leading entrepreneurial zones in the European Union. See cimbaitaly.com for more information.

Hogeschool—University of Utrecht: Utrecht, Netherlands

Hogeschool—University of Utrecht is one of the largest universities of professional education in the Netherlands and focuses on education with a practical emphasis. There are several buildings in the center of Utrecht, on the campus 'De Uithof,' where a large number of companies have their subsidiaries, including IBM, Fortis, Cap Gemini, Oracle, Mercedes-Benz and Bayer. All courses in the international business and management program are taught in English. The Dutch have a strong history as logistics experts and that emphasis is included in the curriculum. 

Norwegian Business School: Oslo, Norway

The Norwegian Business School is one of Norway's largest research-based educational institutions with an enrollment of more than 18,500 students spread over 18 campuses nationwide. You will attend the Oslo Campus, which consists of two schools: The Business College and the School of Marketing. Approximately 5,000 students attend the Oslo Campus.

Study abroad specialist:  Anastassia Kaml

UNIBE: Dominican Republic 

UNIBE is a private non-profit university which was established in Santo Domingo in 1982. It is one of the leading universities in the Dominican Republic, recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic; it is ranked among the best 200 Universities in Latin America and the number one university in the Dominican Republic. 

Keio University: Tokyo, Japan

Keio University is a private, co-educational university and the oldest institution of higher education in Japan. It is also one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the country. The various campuses include Mita, Shinannomachi, Hiyoshi, Yagami and Shonan Fujisawa; in this program, you will attend the Hiyoshi and Mita campuses. The Mita campus—the university's main campus since 1873—is located in Tokyo with an enrollment of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Mita campus is a 10-minute walk from Tamachi Station.

Study abroad specialist: Yumi Takahashi-Ede.

Rikkyo University: Tokyo, Japan

Rikkyo is one of the oldest and most highly respected private universities in Japan, founded in 1874. The university now enrolls more than 15,000 students and is located in the northwestern part of the city of Tokyo. Students may study Japanese language; business and economics courses are offered in English.

Swinburne University of Technology: Melbourne, Australia

Business students will find a variety of courses applicable to their degrees. Swinburne offers a unique portfolio of innovative, relevant and practical business programs that promote professional business careers.