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Business Education Abroad Scholarship

Business majors can apply for a $1,000 Collat Business Education Abroad scholarship towards any UAB Education Abroad program! 

Start by applying to your chosen program, after which you are able to apply for the Collat scholarship.

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What is a Collat Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program?

Collat School of Business faculty teach classes and lead students on business and cultural tours abroad.

  • Each program is designed to enrich your understanding of global business and offers unique insights and experiences.
  • Programs are open to all UAB students. 
  • Students earn 3 credit hours for a course in international business (or cross-listed courses).

Students are able to choose from immersive travel or engaging virtual experiences.

  • Travel programs include class sessions, pre- and post-travel assignments, and travel abroad during Spring Break, Summer Term or Fall Break. These courses also fulfill the experiential learning requirement for Collat students.
  • Virtual programs include a business and cultural virtual study tour and activities with faculty leaders, field experts, and classmates in other countries.
Apply for Collat programs through the UAB Education Abroad website  opens a new website. Pay close attention to deadlines!

How It Works

  • Collat School of Business professors teach the classes and lead tours abroad.
  • All UAB students are invited to participate. Virtual program is open to undergraduate students only. 
  • Courses that include a travel component fulfill the experiential learning requirement for Collat students.
  • Business Education Abroad Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to qualifying UAB business students. Talk with your academic advisor.
  • UAB Education Abroad Scholarships may be available.
  • Students may be eligible to use their current financial aid.
  • A valid passport required for programs with international travel. Passport applications can take up to 16 weeks to be processed, so plan ahead.
  • Additional costs and/or fees outside of UAB tuition can be found by following the link associated with each program below.
  • Students are subject to UAB requirements and the rules and regulations of the host country.
  • A stipend is available to cover the program fees and registration for the virtual program. 
  • "My education abroad experience gave me confidence in traveling internationally and made me more knowledgeable about cultural intelligence. I experienced different foods, social structures, economic cycles, art, and more! The program also brought me friends who inspire me to give my best every day!"

    John is a black male with a wide smile wearing a white button-up shirt and gray coat. John Goodman Collat economics major (Italy)
  • "My experience with education abroad showed me how cultural values and experiences impact our why. Meeting individuals and families abroad opened my eyes to businesses existing not only to make profits, but to build and serve a community."

    Autumn is a white female with long dark brown hair. She's wearing a blue turtleneck under a white sweater and buff jacket. Autumn Jones Collat accounting major (Italy)
  • "The Denmark education abroad trip opened my eyes in ways I didn’t think were possible. It gave me a whole new perspective on our everyday tendencies, and how different we are from other cultures. Additionally, this trip made me very eager and excited to bring some Danish ideas back to UAB.

    Patrick Neil is a white mail. His reddish bangs curl up from under a gray beanie. He's wearing a charcoal gray neck warmer and a blue shirt, and is outside. Patrick Neil Collat economics major (Denmark)

Upcoming Programs

Exploring Sustainability in Copenhagen | Denmark

When: Fall Term (Travel: Fall Break, 2024)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

Technology & Culture | Italy

When: Spring Term (Travel: Spring Break, 2025)
Application Deadline: November 1, 2024

European Financial Markets | Germany, Belgium, and England

When: Summer Term (Travel: May 16-30, 2025)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2025

Comparative Business Cultures: Taiwan & Brazil | Virtual

When: Fall Term
Application Deadline: August 1, 2025

Why Study Abroad?

Hear from Collat faculty leading the study abroad programs to Italy and Denmark and a past participant of Technology and Culture in Italy.

Meet Professors Bunn and Culver 

Video Transcript

[00:00] Thanks for tuning into this video about the Collat School of Business faculty led education abroad programs. I'm Dr. Mickey Bunn been the Director of International Business Programs for the Collat's School of Business. And 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.

[00:23] 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 taken a new culture, develop personally and professionally, and make lifelong friends. And 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.

[01:11] With a faculty led program, you will 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 CSB 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.

[01:44] I'm very pleased to be the faculty leader for Italy. The program and the coarse focus on business and culture in Italy. And the topics we study in this course include technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and how these relate to culture. I'm sure you've heard of Italy's unbelievable art, architecture, fashion, and of course the food. But did you know that Italian innovations over the centuries have shaped our world? These include inventions such as the telephone, eyeglasses, banking, and yes, even blue jeans. And today, Italy is very much a land of entrepreneurs. Over 90% of businesses are SMEs or small to medium enterprises. These businesses range from artisans who handcraft leather products the same way they have for centuries, to the high-tech research and development companies in the auto sector, for example, in this area, you may be familiar with Italian companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. In the course, we'll study these themes and then go on a business and cultural tour that includes the incredible cities of Florence and Milan. We tour the historical and cultural sites in each city and visit several companies, including long established family run businesses, as well as recent entrepreneurial startups. So look for more information online.

[03:14] The Italy program takes place in the spring semester, but be careful you must apply ahead. So pay attention to the deadlines. I hope you will consider this Italy program.

[03:25] I'm Dr. Sarah Culver and I lead the Denmark program. Denmark's capital city of Copenhagen has an ambitious plan to be the world's first carbon neutral capital in 2025. And their plans go beyond climate action and clean energy. It's a whole mindset that includes, among other things, good health and well-being, social justice, zero hunger, quality education, and responsible production and consumption. To research their policy initiatives and outcomes is important if you care about doing the same here. But to experience it firsthand with the business and cultural tour portion of this class over fall break. That's a truly transformative experience. You will discover how the Danes are pursuing green economic development without sacrificing their cultural values, their rich history of art and design, and their high standard of living, or their beautiful landscapes. It's no wonder they consistently rank among the happiest people on the planet.

[04:31] The Denmark program takes place in the fall semester, but be careful, you must apply a head. Look for those deadlines and more information online.

[04:40] 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 or fall semester for Dr. Culver's Denmark program. And 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.

[05:55] The Collat School of Business offers six merit-based scholarships of $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. And 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. So please consider participating in one of these programs.

[06:31] We've given you a range of choices here. So you can choose based on the time of 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.

Past Participant Shares His Experience  

Collat School of Business