Products & Processes in Scandinavia

Course Dates:
Summer 1 2017
Travel Dates:
June 16 – July 1, 2017

Courses
BIT 5954 - Study Abroad

3 credit hours

  • Dr. Barbara Hoopes
  • Business Information Technology
    Northern Virginia MBA Program
  • (703) 538-8409
  • bhoopes@vt.edu

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
  • Lodging
  • Admissions
  • Some meals

What is not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Some meals
  • Graduate Tuition – see below

Cost Summary

Cost In-State Out-of-state
Program fee $4,500 $4,500
Tuition & fees - 2017 rates 2169 3927
Books & Materials 0 0
Additional meals 450 450
Lodging Included Included
Required Group Travel Included Included
Airfare Included Included
Passport 135 135
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* &
Volvo Truck*
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:

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.

Electric Applicances

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.