Apply by March 19 for business study abroad program to Central Europe

With the American economy becoming increasingly globalized, companies need employees with language skills and knowledge of other cultures worldwide, and a study abroad program is a great way to start learning.  

The Mike Ilitch School of Business is offering students the chance to embark on a 17-day study abroad trip to Austria and Poland from July 20 – August 5, 2018. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of Eastern European companies and corporations that have had a significant influence on the international business community.

In addition to exploring the economic, social and political issues that impact Austria and Poland, students will visit Wroclaw University (one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe), the salt mines of Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau, the World War II Nazi concentration camp. There will also be free time to visit sites of personal interest.

Louise Moceri, director of international and study abroad programs, said she encourages students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities because it will help them grow personally and professionally.

“It’s a seismic shift for students in terms of their global cultural awareness and in the way a region or country does business,” Moceri said.

“Students who list study abroad programs on their resumes and who can talk about specific business practices learned during study abroad programs find that employers value those experiences. Their leadership skills get tested and honed, and they begin establishing an international network of business and professional contacts.”

Students who’ve gone on past study abroad trips said not only have they gained knowledge about global business practices, but they’ve also learned about the cultural traditions of the places they visited.

This program is open to all undergraduate business majors and graduate business students, but may accept students from other majors on a case-by-case basis. To learn how the three-credit hour directed study program would apply toward your degree requirements, undergraduate students should contact academic advisor Louise Moceri at or 313-577-4510. Graduate business students should contact their academic advisor at or 313-577-4511.

Many flights depart U.S./Canada and arrive in Europe one day later, which means students must depart U.S./Canada on or before July 19, 2018. Participants must arrive to meet with the faculty-leader in Krakow on July 20.

For full details visit Wayne State’s Study Abroad website. The deadline for the application is March 19.  

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