International Business in Australia


Estimated dates: December 31, 2018 - January 16, 2019

BIT 3954 or BIT 5954

Three Credit Hours

Application Deadline:  October 1, 2018

  • Lance Matheson
  • 2072 Pamplin Hall
  • 540-231-5804


This course looks to bring together multiple international business schools to pool resources and work collaboratively to enable a richer experience for the faculty and students coming to Australia. Dr. Nigel Bairstow, University of Technology Sydney, will deliver the class lectures in the program. The program also includes company visits and guest speakers. 

The Program has the following components:

  • Lectures on Asia-Pacific business 
  • Visits to historic and cultural sites
  • Company visits 
  • Explore Sydney, Australia

After completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Describe the history and developments of international business in the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental factors that impact international business in the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Appraise the opportunities and threats arising from conducting international business in the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Show an understanding of how to formulate and implement an international business strategy in an Asian business context.
  • Identify and explore emerging issues in international business in the Asia Pacific Region.

 Watch this youtube video of the program!

Undergraduates will receive credit for BIT 3954 and graduate students for BIT 5954 Study Abroad. This course can also be substituted for the Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor.

Students must keep a journal and record their observations on cultural differences between Australia and the US. Students must write a 5-page reflection paper on their experiences after the trip. Participation in all activities of the program is required.


Housing: Students will stay in shared accommodation in Sydney. Breakfast is provided during class days. 

Flying: Students will purchase their airline tickets on their own. 


Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport in Squires Student Center.

Check with your family physician or country health department to see if you need vaccinations.

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You will be living in a hotel room for 15 days. Do not try to take your entire wardrobe with you. You may bring a 22” (carry-on size) suitcase or medium-size backpack. This is the standard size bag for short study abroad programs. You will check the bag for the flight. The airlines limit the weight of your luggage so pack light. The suggested packing list will help you choose what to take.

Program fees are $3,500. Virginia Tech tuition, fees, and other costs are noted below. A non-refundable deposit of $500, payable online, is due after acceptance into program, with the balance of program fees due October 10th.

Application deadline is October 1st.

Cost Summary (estimated)  
Pre-trip Personal Costs:  In-State   Out-of-State 
Airfare  $      1,700.00  $      1,700.00
Passport  $         135.00  $         135.00
Pamplin billing:  $      3,500.00  $      3,500.00
Lodging   Included   Included 
Books & Materials  Included   Included 
Required group travel  Included   Included 
Medical Insurance  Included   Included 
VT tuition(based on 2018):  $      1,206.00  $      2,998.00
Funds required during program:  
Personal Expenses  $         500.00  $         500.00
Required personal travel  $         300.00  $         300.00
Total Estimated Costs  $    7,341.00  $    9,133.00
Note: Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the  program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions.
Financial Aid and Scholarships        
Your financial aid eligibility can apply to this program. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office.
 In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the Global Education Office at the International Afffairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131.  The form can be found on the Global Education Financial Aid page.
Due to prepayment on items such as air and lodging, billing may not be in sync with financial aid payouts. Please be prepared to pay costs in advance, and be reimbursed with any payouts later.


* Does not include adventure sports activities


Add-ons Available:  
Great Barrier Reef  $   795.00
Sydney Harbour Bridge Night Climb  $   199.00
Wine Tasting in the Southern Highlands  $   129.00
Wollongong Skydive *(plus levy due on day)  $   254.00
Learn to Surf  $   269.00

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis once all paperwork is completed. Go to the VT Global Education site for the program and Apply HERE!  Click the “Apply Now” button and follow the instructions.


  • Open to all VT students!
  • Minimum GPA: 2.3

Non-business students and graduate business students are also welcome to participate, and will receive 3 credits. Preference will be given to Pamplin students who register prior to Sept. 1.

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