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International Business in France

Summer A  2012


Program Full

Program Description:

Application Deadline Extended!

As a supplement to its International Business curriculum, the College of Business Administration has developed a study abroad program for undergraduate students interested in acquiring a greater understanding of economics, business environment and French language.

This program will immerse students within French language and culture while simultaneously furthering a grasp of the essential components of international business. The program introduces students to the constituent elements of international management, as well as a comprehensive panorama of the European Union and its institutions.

This four-week program provides a variety of courses, seminars and other activities adapted to undergraduate students in Business, Economics, Political Science, Management, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Language and International Trade as well as other disciplines. 

This program will be hosted by the ICN Business School in Metz, France.  During the first two weeks, classes alternate between professional and cultural visits.  At the third week, students choose an intensive course of study either in International Management (MAN 4600) or International Marketing (MAR 4156). The last week, students travel to Brussels, Belgium for lectures on trade policy at the EU Commission and additional cultural and educational excursions include visits to Normandy and Paris in France.

All students must be a business major and have taken either MAR 3023 for International Marketing or MAN 3025 for International Management as prerequisites for this program.  Students will register for three courses:  GEB 3955 – Study Abroad Special Topics; GEB 4955 – Study Abroad Special Topics; and either International Management or International Marketing as listed above.  These courses in France are designed for students to acquire and reinforce skills, knowledge and abilities that will be of assistance in the pursuit of obtaining employment and surviving changes in the global economy.

Participants will be evaluated through three examinations as well as attendance and participation.

Additional information:

Student Guide

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Paris, France on the morning of the starting day of the program in order to take the high speed train to Metz (not included).  To arrive in the morning in Paris, students must depart the USA the day before the start of the program. 

Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

Price breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $1200
Payment 4:  $1200

Learning Outcomes:

• Develop an understanding of the underpinning values inherent to international business
• Develop an environmental foundation of international management
• Examine some of the major ethical issues confronting multinational corporations in France and the EU
• Identify the major changes that are currently taking place in the political environments of France and the EU
• Become familiar with the different negotiating and bargaining behaviors that may improve negotiations and outcomes
• Compare and contrast the differences between domestic and international marketing as well as in economic, cultural, social, political, and legal environments of other nations by demonstrating an awareness of how each affects marketing

• Enhance understanding of the French language
• Build up confidence and abilities to conduct international business in a foreign culture
• Assess the implications of globalization for countries, firms, and communities
• Analyze major developments and issues in France and the EU
• Identify the major dimensions of culture relevant to work settings and discuss the effect upon behavior in an international environment
• Develop skills in designing product, distribution, price and promotion strategies for an international marketing program

• Cultivate cross-cultural sensitivity
• Study the differences of language, perception & culture and the non-verbal barriers to effective international communication


Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 

MAN 3025 or MAR 3023 or instructor consent

Courses[click to expand]:
MAN-4600 International Management MAN 4600
Academic Institution: ICN Business School
Credit Hours: 3.00

MAR-4156 International Marketing MAR 4156
Academic Institution: ICN Business School
Credit Hours: 3.00

GEB-3955 Study Abroad: Special Topics GEB 3955
Academic Institution: Universidad de Jaen
Credit Hours: 3.00

GEB-4955 Study Abroad: Special Topics GEB 4955 ICN
Academic Institution: ICN Business School
Catalog Description:

Modules at ICN Business School, France: French Language Course (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), French Culture and French Civilization 2, & Cycle of Conferences 2. The description of this module can be found here.

Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Student housing at ICN Business School
  • Meals at university cafeteria or residence hall
  • Bus pass
  • Medical Insurance
  • Administrative Fee
  • Excursions to Paris, Normandy, Belgium and other points of interest included as part of the program
  • Visits to local area businesses

The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • UCF Tuition
  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Paris, France
  • High speed train upon arrival between Paris and Metz, France
  • Additional meals not in the university cafeteria or residence hall
  • Personal expenses
  • Incidentals
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Passport/visa fees
Price (in US Dollars): 3500.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr Robert Sweo
Email: stabert@bus.ucf.edu
Office: BA 422
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-06-04
Program Ends: 2012-06-30
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-03-09
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-03-09
Academic Institution:
ICN Business School 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu