Internship and Study Semester in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific
Students in Asia Pacific

Dates:  February 1 - May 19, 2018


  • Dr. Jennifer Clevenger
  • 1046 Pamplin Hall
  • 540-231-6602
  • jcleveng@vtedu

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.


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).

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)

Cost In-State Out-of-state
Program fee $11,800 $11,800
Int'l Tuition  (minimum) 2,835 2,835
VT Tuition 1,655 3,803
Meals not provided, estimated  3,000 3,000
Lodging (except during spring break-not included) Included Included
Books & materials-varies by course choice 500 500
Airfare (estimated) 2,400 2,400
Passport Fees 135 135
Personal & Other Expenses 3,000 3,000
Visas - varies by location 350 350
Personal Travel - varies by location 600 600
Total $26,275 $28,423


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

Meet with Dr. Clevenger and apply here.

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 is free or Class Four begins (Some institutions choose to include an online course or internship).

Weeks 5 & 6: Monday, 5th March– Friday, 16th March

Monday to Friday Morning: Class Five begins (International Marketing). Afternoon: Class Six begins (Operations Management).

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.

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The brochure is available below.