Products & Processes in Scandinavia
Summer 1 2017
June 16 – July 1, 2017
BIT 5954 - Study Abroad
3 credit hours
This program will explore the management of international operations and global supply chains. We will focus our study by concentrating on some of the successful products and processes that have come from Scandinavia . We will learn about the business and culture of Finland, Sweden, and Denmark through research, company visits, cultural outings, and interaction with people from the region.
All participants will enroll in
- BIT 5954 - Study Abroad (3 credits)
The program fee is $4,500. A $500 deposit is required once you are accepted into the program. You may make the payment to your student account, then call the Bursar’s office at 540-231-6277 and designate the payment for your Study Abroad trip. This deposit is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. A second payment of $1,000 is due February 1. The balance of the program fee is due on March 1, 2017.
The program fee includes:
- Roundtrip airfare: Washington, DC to Europe
- Local transportation
- Some meals
What is not included:
- Personal expenses
- Some meals
- Graduate Tuition – see below
|Tuition & fees - 2017 rates||2169||3927|
|Books & Materials||0||0|
|Required Group Travel||Included||Included|
|Personal & Other Expenses||50||50|
|Total estimated cost||$7,304||$9,062|
The program is directed at graduate students. BIT 5414 is a desired prerequisite and MBA students must have taken an international elective.
Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the program, as space is limited. Go to the VT Global Education site - SOON! - to apply. Click the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions. Your application will not be considered until you submit all the required forms.
Go to the VT Global Education site for the program and complete the application process. Click the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.
Acceptance & Deposit
A $500 deposit is required once you are accepted into the program. You may make the payment to your student account, then call the Bursar’s office at 540-231-6277 and designate the payment for your Study Abroad trip. This deposit is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. A $1000 payment is due on February 1. The balance of the program fee is due on March 1.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Financial Aid for this Study Abroad course may be available through the normal Virginia Tech channels. Please inform the faculty leaders if you are applying for Financial Aid.
There is more information about scholarships at the VT Education Abroad site. Click on the Scholarships & Financial Aid link in the menu on the left.
While on tour, we will stay in 3 and 4 star hotels, double occupancy, and eat in local restaurants. Travel will be mostly by private bus with a professional driver.
TENTATIVE TRAVEL SCHEDULE
Friday, June 16
Depart Washington Dulles for Helsinki
Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18
Cultural outings in Helsinki
Monday, June 19
Company visits – Stora Enso* & Suunto*
Tuesday, June 20
Company visits – Fiskars* & KONE*
Overnight cruise to Stockholm
Wednesday, June 21
Cultural outings in Stockholm
Thursday, June 22
Company visits – Astra Zeneca* & Electrolux*
Friday, June 23
Bus travel to Gothenburg
Company visits – IKEA* & Saab Aircraft*
Saturday, June 24
Midsummer in Gothenburg!
Sunday, June 25
Cultural outings in Gothenburg
Monday, June 26
Company visits – Volvo Car* &
Ferry to Denmark
Tuesday, June 27
Company visit – LEGO*
Wednesday, June 28
Company visit – Vestas*
Bus travel to Copenhagen
Thursday, June 29
Company visit –T etraPak*
Friday, June 30
Company visits – Maersk* & Carlsberg*
Saturday, July 1
Depart Copenhagen, arrive Washington
Each student must have a valid passport from their home country.
These sites have additional information:
- General Information - U.S. State Department
- Students Abroad - U.S. State Department
- Customs Information
- Medical Information - U.S. State Department
- Drug Offenses Overseas from the U.S. State Department
- CIA Factbook (A great place for country information.)
- State Department Travel Alerts and Warnings
You will be living in hotel rooms for 2 weeks. Do not try to take your entire wardrobe with you – mix and match your business clothes, and plan to do “sink laundry” if necessary. A medium-size suitcase is ideal. The airlines limit the weight of your luggage so pack light. The suggested packing list will help you choose what to take.
Europe uses 220 volt, 50 HZ electricity. Your standard USA hair dryers, curling irons, shavers and battery chargers will not work in Europe. Most of the hotels have hair dryers, and an available iron. You should check that your computer and any electronics that you take will work on 220 V, 50Hz current. You will probably want a plug adaptor for the Northern European region.
|CLOTHES||HYGIENE / MEDICAL|
|Sweater and windbreaker/rain jacket||Glasses|
|Pants||Prescription meds and/or prescriptions for refills|
|Shorts||Small first aid kit|
|Underwear & socks||Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash|
|One pair of shoes||Shampoo & hair products including comb/brush|
|Photocopies of all your documents||Razor, razor blades, shaving cream|
|Feminine hygiene products|
|Credit cards, ATM card, Cash, Traveler's checks||Clothesline|
|MISCELLANEOUS||Antacids, Anti- diarrhea, Antifungal|
|Flash drive||Antihistamine, Birth control/condoms|
|Camera||Cold remedies, Hydrocortisone cream|
|Batteries||Laxative / stool softener, Pain killers|
|Travel information (minimal)|
|Map of countries visited||OPTIONAL ITEMS|
|Address list||Skirt, sandals, robe, or nightshirt|
|Postcards or small picture book from your hometown||Inflatable pillow|
|Journal||Light warm-up suit|
|Small notepad and pen||Teva-type sandal
|Documents and photocopies||Leather-bottomed slippers|
|Picnic supplies||A good paperback|
|Zip-lock baggies||MP3 player, IPOD|
|Water bottle||Collapsible cup|
|Wristwatch & Alarm Clock||Office supplies|
|Earplugs||Small roll of duct tape - wrap 10 feet around a small plastic bottle.|