Eastern Vs. Western Europe: Leadership & Teamwork In France & Poland (3 Credits)
Students of all majors and classes are welcome.
||Exact dates TBA, but expected to be May 22 – June 1, 2015.
||Paris, France and Karakow, Poland with side trips from both locations.
||Scholarships will be available.
Admission of students with complete applications is on a competitive basis and application review will take place during the one week period following the "last day to apply" date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.
The hands-on experience offered by this course will help students develop a global mindset and business savvy, two expectations of current University graduates and employers who seek to hire them. By studying and visiting businesses and cultural sites in Paris and Karakow, students will learn how businesses strive to survive and succeed within complex competitive landscapes.
Poland emerged from behind the Iron Curtain facing near bankruptcy, joined the European Union and now boasts an average annual economic growth of 4%. The country has also doubled its purchasing-power parity (compared to EU average) since 1989 and completely changed the direction of its international trade. Krakow, among the oldest cities in Poland and a former capital, is home to numerous international businesses, as well as the oldest Polish university (and among the oldest universities in Europe: the Jagiellonian). Organized interactions between Polish and American students will enhance cultural sharing.
In contrast, France’s GDP has increased by just .8% since the creation of the Euro. It faces high levels of unemployment (near 11%), ever-increasing taxes and overly large government -- factors which also create challenges for international businesses operating in France. Yet, 31 of the world’s top 500 companies (per Fortune, 2012) were French and 12 of France’s companies ranked among the 100 most innovative organizations in the world.
Students will be tasked with incorporating the best of French and Polish leadership lessons into the American context, and vice versa, thus expanding their leadership and cross-cultural competencies.
Professor Gosia Langa was born and raised in Poland, lived in the UK and Netherlands and continues to be an avid traveler. She has visited over 40 countries (most while toting a backpack) and boasts Polish as her native tongue. She looks forward to sharing the joys and challenges of travelling and helping students embrace her attitude of openness and appreciation, while gaining respect and empathy for others in an our global community.
What else do you need to know?
EXACT PROGRAM DATES TBD. Once accepted, students are advised, but not required, to purchase refundable airplane tickets to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in unforeseen circumstances. Oftentimes, students have made their travel arrangements through STA Travel, a discount student travel agency.
COURSE PROGRAM FEE (Approximately $2,950) includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared hotel room; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage.
Not included: personal expenses, most meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.
PAYMENT OF THE PUBLISHED PROGRAM FEE is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly:
(1) A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.
(2) Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.
(3) The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad's website for other Refund and Withdrawal rules.
Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.