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International Business Caribbean (special track abroad to learn cruise industry)

Dates: March 6-March 14

International Business Caribbean is a study abroad program. In this course, there is no one specific host “national” culture, other than the “corporate culture.” Students will be given opportunities to interact and work with employees representing over 50 different countries. Through these interactions, the students will gain first-hand experience on how multinational corporations affect the lives and cultures of many different countries. All majors are encouraged to apply to this program, as RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) conducts a summer internship program that has recruited students from over 25 disciplines, such as Accounting, BIT, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Marketing, and Law.

1-credit for HTM/MGT 3954, which can count toward International Business Minor requirements if combined with HTM/MGT 2314.

Tentative schedule

Date

Time

Activities

 

 

Class attendance at recitations to prep

Mar  6

 

Roanoke, VA to Miami, FL

(TBD) Fly ROA – MIA: 

Freehand Hotel/Hostel: Orientation Meeting. (Possible activities: South Beach Hotel tour, Wynwood Art District)

Free Time then Group Dinner

Mar  7

Miami

Hotel Check-out, Group Transportation to Port of Miami. Embarkation; settling into cabin; 1st Mtg with Management Team: discussion of the cruise industry; Orientation Ship Tour

Mar  8

At Sea

Interaction with Crew, various workstations TBD; Evening: Debrief day’s activities, and discussion of International Human Resources. One-hour orientation/preparation for and discussion of Haiti

Mar 9

Labadee, Haiti

Tour of Labadee, and free time. Evening; Reflection of experience in Haiti: Haitian Culture, Cuisine, and Tourism issues. Time for Journal Entries and review.

Orientation and preparation for Jamaica

Mar 10

Falmouth, Jamaica

Historic Falmouth and Ocho Rios TBD

Evening; Reflection of experience in Jamaica: Jamaican Culture, Cuisine, and Tourism issues.  Time for Journal entries and review

Mar 11

At Sea

Mgt Meeting Disc. Group; Group activities TBD; free time

Evening: Orientation/preparation for Mexico, and Mayan History.

Mar 12 

Cozumel, Mexico

Tour Tulum Mayan Ruins, Free time

Evening; Reflection of experience in Mexico: Mexican Culture, Cuisine, and Tourism issues.  Time for Journal Entries and review.

Mar 13

At Sea

Time to reflect and prepare.  Evening: Presentations

Mar 14

Miami

6:00: Disembark and travel to Roanoke, VA

Program Participants fly as a group with group flight reservations.

Approximate cost for the program is $3,530. A non-refundable deposit of $500 payable online, is due immediately after acceptance into the program, with the balance of program fees due November 10.

Application Deadline: November 1

Cost Summary (estimated)

 

Pre-trip Personal Costs:

 In-State

 Out-of-State

VT GEO Application fee

$50

$50

VT GEO Participation fee

$50

$50

Passport

$145

$145

 

 

 

Program Fee:

$1,800

$1,800

Airfare  

$900

$900

Book/Materials/Supplies

$100

$100

Gratuities

$110

$110

Meals (not included)

$50

$50

 

 

 

VT tuition & fees if you are a Spring full-time student:

$25

$25

 

 

 

Funds required during program:

 

Personal Expenses

$300

$300

Total Estimated Costs

$3,530

$3,530

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 Affairs 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.

Application coming soon! Interested students please fill out this survey and receive more information.