Internship and Study Semester in Asia Pacific
Dates: February 1 - May 19, 2018
3 classes minimum abroad + MGT 3754 Management Internship and Career Development through VT
Courses offered: Introduction to Marketing; International Business; Operations Management; International Marketing; and Organizational Behaviour (plus the potential for the University include an online class or internship class).
- Dr. Jennifer Clevenger
- 1046 Pamplin Hall
Global Academic Ventures is offering a ground breaking semester program to undergraduate business school students in 2018.
Global Academic Ventures (GAV) has partnered with the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to accredit this semester program. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been an AACSB accredited school since 1970, and is the school of record for this program. This allows your students to transfer in US credit as part of their degree program at their home institution.
GAV recognizes the importance of a global education in today’s ever changing world, and encourages all students to grow their understanding of, and connection with, Asia. Research compiled by UC Merced reports 97% of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates who did not study abroad, found employment in the same period. Participating in a study abroad program thereby significantly improves their appeal to prospective employers.
The semester program combines business courses in Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand; two of Asia Pacific’s most well known business hubs; and the opportunity for students to expand their career horizons with an intensive internship in one of four important locations in Asia Pacific: Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Singapore; or Hong Kong, China.
Hong Kong has one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region, closely followed by Singapore. Hong Kong and Singapore are two of the world’s leading financial centers, and are known for it’s free trade agreements.
Australia is consistently ranked in the world’s top ten countries for quality of life (Australia was ranked 10th in the world in 2017), environmental quality, jobs, earnings, education and skills.
Sydney is also ranked as the thirteenth most popular city in the world for international students.
New Zealand was recently ranked by World Bank as one of the easiest places in the world to start a business, and one of the easiest countries to conduct business. With a robust economy and flexible labor markets, employment rates are high and the future outlook for New Zealand is strong.
Basic program fee: US $11,800.00 per student
International Course Tuition: US $945.00 per class (3 classes minimum)
VT course tuition: $1,655 (in-state) and $3,803 (out-of-state)
Cost Summary (estimated)
|Int'l Tuition (minimum)||2,835||2,835|
|Meals not provided, estimated||3,000||3,000|
|Books & materials-varies by course choice||500||500|
|Personal & Other Expenses||3,000||3,000|
|Visas - varies by location||350||350|
|Personal Travel - varies by location||600||600|
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
Thursday, 1st February Depart USA for Auckland, New Zealand
Friday, 2nd February In flight
Saturday, 3rd February Arrival in to Auckland, check into accommodation and take part in orientation. Group welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight: Auckland
Sunday, 4th February Breakfast is included at accommodation. Full day trip to beautiful Waiheke Island, including lunch at a winery and a return ferry ride. Overnight: Auckland
Week 1: Monday, 5th February– Sunday, 11th February
Monday to Friday Morning: Class One begins (Introduction to Marketing). Afternoon: Class Two begins (International Business). Weekend is free to undertake optional activities, study or explore more of the city. Overnights: Auckland
Week 2: Monday, 12th February– Friday, 16th February
Classes One and Two continue. Overnights: Auckland
Saturday, 17th February
Day trip to the Lord of the Rings film location, Hobbiton. Overnight: Auckland
Sunday, 18th February
Morning transfer to Auckland airport to depart for Sydney. Check into accommodation and undertake orientation. Group welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight: Sydney
Weeks 3 & 4: Monday, 19th February – Sunday, 4th March
Monday to Friday Morning: Class Three begins (Operations Management). Afternoon: Class Four begins (International Marketing). The first weekend will include a full day trip to the Blue Mountains. The next weekend is free to undertake optional activities, study or explore more of the city. Overnights: Sydney
Weeks 5 & 6: Monday, 5th March– Friday, 16th March
Monday to Friday Morning: Class Five begins (Organizational Behaviour). Afternoon is free or Class Six begins (Some institutions choose to include an online course or internship course). Weekend is free to undertake optional activities study or explore more of the city. Overnights: Sydney
Week 7: Saturday, 17th March – Friday 23rd March SPRING BREAK
Students check out of accommodation Saturday morning. Free time – no activities or accommodation organized. A spring break optional will be offered. Overnights: Not included
Saturday 24th March– Sunday 25th March
Students should arrive in their internship location on Saturday, check into their accommodation and begin Orientation. Overnights: Sydney, Auckland, Singapore or Hong Kong
Weeks 8-15: Monday, 26th March– Friday, 18th May
Students will start their internships on Monday 26th and meet their office teams.
9:00am – 6:00pm Students undertake their internships (office hours can vary).
A catch up dinner will take place during weeks 8, 11, and 15. Weekends free to explore or take part in optional activities. Overnights: Sydney, Auckland, Singapore or Hong Kong
Saturday, 19th May
Students check out of accommodation and head to the airport to depart for the USA. A group transfer will be provided for those travelling in the pre-determined departure window.
Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport at the Acceptance Facility in Squires Student Center, the Blacksburg Post Office (540-552-2751) at the University Mall with appointment or at the Montgomery County Clerk's Office at the Christiansburg Courthouse (540-382-5760), no appointment required. You can get passport photos at most local pharmacies.
You should insure that you have the proper vaccinations for this program. This can be done through the University's recommended travel clinic (Intravene), a county health department, or your family physician. Your family physician usually does not have the more specialized vaccines and should refer you to the county health department. You can see a list of recommended vaccinations and other health information at the CDC travel website.
These sites have additional information:
- General Information from the U.S. State Department
- International Travel from the U.S. State Department
- Customs Information
- Medical Information
- CDC Medical Information
- Drug Offenses Overseas from the U.S. State Department
- CIA Factbook (A great place for information on the countries we visit.)
- State Department Travel Alerts & Warnings
Packing list will be available shortly.
The brochure is available below.