We are not currently accepting applications due to UAB Covid-19 restrictions. But this is a great time to plan ahead and prepare for an education abroad experience in your future.

Education Abroad Programs:

Entrepreneurship & Culture, Italy

Entrepreneurship & Culture
Italy
Spring Break

Tentative Course Syllabus

Blog: UAB in Italy, 2019

Contact: Mickey Bunn, Ph.D.

Business in Emerging Markets, Costa Rica

Business in Emerging Markets
Costa Rica
May/Summer Term

Tentative Course Syllabus

Inaugural program

Contact: Elizabeth Turnbull, MBA

Environmental Economics & Sustainability, Denmark

Environmental Economics & Sustainability
Denmark
Fall Term

Tentative Course Syllabus

Blog: UAB in Denmark, 2019

Contact: Sarah Culver, Ph.D.


Each Collat Education Abroad Program

  • 0pen to all level students (freshman through graduate) and all majors at UAB.
  • Approximate cost of each faculty-led program is $2,600 which includes the business and cultural tour, program activities, hotels, in-country (local) transportation and some meals. Not included are airfare, study abroad fee ($TBA), spending money (varies by person) and UAB tuition for the 3-credit hour course (in-state or out-of-state rates apply).
  • Awards 6 merit-based scholarships at $1,000 (Students may also be eligible to use their current financial aid).
  • Subject to UAB requirements and the rules and regulations of the host country. See the latest updates from UAB Education Abroad.

Why study abroad? Hear from Collat faculty about the programs they lead to Italy, Costa Rica and Denmark.





Video Transcript - Faculty-led Education Abroad Programs

Thanks for tuning into this video about the Collat School of Business Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs. I'm Dr. Mickey Bunn, the Director of International Business Programs for the Collat School of Business. I'm here today to tell you about the opportunity to take a UAB course and go on a business and cultural tour of a foreign country with one of your faculty members. I'll first ask, why study abroad? Then I'll list for you the three Collat School of Business faculty-led programs. Next, you'll hear from the faculty leaders who will tell you for themselves about each program, the country, the focus of the course, and about the business and cultural tour that is part of each program.

Are you ready to do something that will change your life? You've already taken the first step by viewing this video, so keep going.

First, why would you study abroad? There are many reasons, some of them very personal, but here are three reasons to consider when choosing an education abroad program. First, this is a great way to earn course credit. You can satisfy your CSP requirement for an international business course, and you can see how this fits in with your studies. But please meet with your advisor and ask many questions.

The second reason is the life experience you will gain. You'll see the world, take in a new culture, develop personally and professionally, and make lifelong friends.

Third, consider how an education abroad experience opens the door for career opportunities. You will increase your global awareness, develop your ability to function in another culture, and we know companies are looking for graduates who have stepped out of their comfort zone.

The Collat School of Business is offering three faculty-led programs. With a faculty-led program, you'll take a course from one of these faculty leaders and earn credit towards your degree, and go on a business and cultural tour with an experienced faculty member. For undergraduates, this satisfies your CSP requirement for a course in international business. But the programs are interdisciplinary and suited for any major, and they're open to both undergraduates and graduate students.

All travel is planned and coordinated and it's an incredible experience. Let me tell you about the three programs.

Hello, you've met me already. I'm Dr. Mickey Bunn and I'm the faculty leader for the Italy Spring Term program.

Hello, I'm Ms. Elizabeth Turnbull and I'm the faculty leader for the May Summer Term program to Costa Rica.

Hello, I'm Dr. Sarah Culver and I'm the faculty leader for the Fall Term program to Denmark.

Please consider participating in one of these programs. We've given you a range of choices here. You can choose based on the time of the year, the academic topic, or your personal interests.

Now, since I'm the faculty leader for the Italy program, let me tell you a little bit more about that one first. The Italy program is titled, "Entrepreneurship and Culture in Italy." I'm sure you've heard of Italy's unbelievable art, architecture, fashion, and of course, the food. But did you know that Italian entrepreneurs have shaped our world with many innovations, such as the telephone, eyeglasses, banking, and even blue jeans? Today, Italy is a land of entrepreneurs. Over 90 percent of the SMEs or small to medium enterprises are entrepreneurs.

We will study entrepreneurship in Italy and go on a business and cultural tour of two cities, Florence and Milan. We'll visit historical and cultural sites in each city, as well as going on tours of several startups and entrepreneurial companies. Look for more information online.

The Italy program takes place in the spring semester, but be careful, you must apply in the fall for the spring program. I hope you will consider the Italy program, but first, you need to hear more about these other programs that we offer.Let me turn this over to Ms. Turnbull.

Costa Rica has been experiencing steady economic growth and is one of the top 20 emerging markets in the world. It is known for its ecotourism with its amazing national parks and has become a vacation destination for many, but it is so much more.

We will be diving a little deeper into what makes this country unique and special. Some of the things we will study will be what characteristics need to be in place for a country to be more conducive to growth and to attract new ideas and investors.

On our business and cultural tour, we are planning to experience the capital city of San Jose and it's surrounding areas. This May, we will be traveling together to some established businesses as well as some startups. We will get to experience some open air markets and sample their wonderful cuisine all while learning about their vibrant culture.

I think you will enjoy this experience and will return with a renewed fervor for international business and how this affects you and those around you. Look for more information online, the Costa Rica program takes place in the May summer semester, but be careful, you must apply in the early spring for this program. Now let's hear from Dr. Sarah Culver, who can tell you about the Denmark program.

Denmark's capital city of Copenhagen has major climate ambitions and aims to be the first carbon neutral capital in 2025. Their population is expected to grow by about 20 percent in the coming decade. Copenhagen wants to show that it is possible to combine growth, development, and an increased quality of life with the reduction of CO_2 emissions. To pursue that goal, their city council in 2012 adopted the ambitious CPH 2025 Climate Plan, is based on four pillars: energy consumption, energy production, mobility, and city administration initiatives. I [NOISE] think their plan is exciting because it seems to be working and hopeful.

I created this course using economic theory, or more broadly economic thinking and Copenhagen as a case study to understand why environmental problems arise and how and why to address them. Now along the way, in this course, we apply what we learn by doing service learning projects prioritized by UAB's sustainability program. Now, this broad program was developed in 2013 to serve the university, the hospital, and the surrounding community. Its aim is to holistically, just like Copenhagen's plan, incorporate sustainability principles and standards in UAB's operations, in UAB's teaching and learning, research and innovation, and community outreach and education. With UAB's sustainability goals, my students are going to work on specific projects prioritized by UAB's sustainability strategic plan.

Now Denmark; Denmark is so much more than its plan for carbon neutrality and their cutting edge green technology. You will realize this when we go on the business and cultural tour to Copenhagen and the surrounding area over fall break. Danes have perfected the art of enjoying the simple and cozy moments in life. They have a world class cuisine, they have a rich history of art and design. They have consistently ranked among the leaders in education and work-life balance. All these facets of their culture and their economy contribute to why they are consistently rated among the happiest people on the planet.

If you're interested in this program, and by the way, you don't have to be an econ major, this program has broad appeal, look for more information online. The Denmark program takes place in the fall semester, but be careful, you must apply by late spring for this program.

Now that you've heard about these three Collat School of Business faculty-led education abroad programs, I'm sure you're wondering about how you can make this happen. Let's find out more about the costs and the scholarship opportunities.

Of course, now that you're interested in these programs, you need to know about the costs. There are three parts to the program costs. First, when you apply for one of the programs, you must pay the UAB Education Abroad fee and purchase your airline tickets. This includes the business and cultural tour costs for hotels, transportation inside the country, some group meals, company visits, and admission to cultural sites.

Second, once you're accepted into the program, you need to register for IB495 business study abroad with your faculty leader, that is the spring semester for Dr. Bunn's Italy program, May summer semester for Ms. Turnbull's Costa Rica program, or fall semester for Dr. Culver's Denmark program.

Third, there will be some other costs depending on your personal situation and preferences. This includes the application fee, the cost to acquire a passport or visa if needed. You'll need to get to and from the airport on your own. Some meals you must pay for on your own, and of course, you need some spending money in your pocket along the way.

If you want the study abroad experience, you can find a way to make it happen. The Collat School of Business offers six merit-based scholarships of a $1,000 each for each program. The deadline to apply is around the same time as the program application deadline. There are also a variety of scholarships available from UAB. You should also investigate other scholarships from outside of UAB for which you may be eligible. You can apply for many of these scholarship opportunities on the UAB Education Abroad website. The bottom line is that if you want to study abroad, you can find a way to make it happen.

Please consider participating in one of these programs. We've given you a range of choices here. You can choose based on the time of the year, the academic topic, or your own personal interests, but it's all up to you. Take that next step by looking at the Collat and UAB websites. Reach out to your advisor and feel free to contact the faculty leaders. The best advice is to start planning early and be aware of the deadlines.

From myself, Ms. Turnbull, and Dr. Culver, we hope you'll join us for the experience of a lifetime. Be sure to watch this video until the very end for the most recent updates.


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