Business & Culture in France

Vieil Ville at night
Antibes along the wall

June 2 - 29, 2018

MGT 3304 & MGT 3954  or 5954

6 credit hours 

After a hugely successful, sold-out first year, the study abroad program on the French Riviera is back - and even better!

Parents will love this program because it includes a required course taught by an award-winning instructor, offers a first-hand experience in European culture and exposure to the business environment in France, and includes a visit to a prestigious French business school complete with a lecture by a professor who has consulted with the office of the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe. With a rich history, beautiful scenery, centralized location within Europe, and deep cultural ties to the United States, France has long been an attractive location for study abroad programs. The country is a key trading partner to the U.S. and a net exporter since 1992.

Students will love this program for all the reasons the folks do, and because of its seaside location, easy access to travel elsewhere in Europe, and the inclusion of a four-day weekend trip to Paris. Students will also enjoy visiting the many historical sites and museums, both along the Riviera and in Paris. Water sports enthusiasts will find water skiing, tubing, parasailing, wake boarding, and many other activities within easy walking distance of the student lodging, which is less than two blocks from the beach.

Required Courses: Students will take MGT 3304 and MGT 3954/5954. The MGT 3954 course can  be substituted for the Area 3 and/or Area 7 requirement, and  will also count towards Pamplin’s International Business Minor.

Students are required to participate in French language classes as well as company and cultural visits. Keeping a journal covering experiences and observations on cultural differences between France and the US is also required.

The Program Fee is $3,400, which includes lodging, a meal allowance, group travel, French language lessons, several group dinners, and an allowance to cover museum entrance fees.

A $500 non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance to secure your place in the program, with the balance due by December 10th.

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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 study abroad office at the International Afffairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131. The form can be found on the Global Education Financial Aid page.

The application deadline is December 1st.

Go to the VT Global Education site for the program to apply!

Click on the "Apply Now" button on the Global Education page and complete the application process.

Acceptance & Deposit

Once you are accepted into the program you will be billed a $500 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. The balance of the program fee will be due by December 10th.

ELIGIBILITY Freshmen through Seniors, and Graduate Students

Minimum GPA: 2.5 (We will use mid-term grades for freshmen to determine eligibility)

Non-business students and graduate students are also welcome to participate. Priority is given to undergraduate business students.

Students will stay in an extended-stay hotel in Juan Les Pins, the resort area of greater Antibes. The building is only two blocks from the beach! Travel will be on your own by plane to Nice. The trip to Paris will be on the French high-speed train system (TGV).



Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport at the Blacksburg Post Office or the Montgomery County Courthouse Clerk's Office in Christiansburg. You can get passport photos at most pharmacies.

You should ensure 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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