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Undergrad Int'l Business Abroad

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Winter

Location:

London, England

Credit:

Resident

Application Due:

9/16

Eligibility

Minimum 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA or consent of the program director. See Program tab for prerequisites.

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The Tippie College of Business sponsors two 15-day Winter intersession courses in London designed to provide students with an international experience. Students may apply for one of the courses, which explore business issues through class discussions, guest lecturers, and field trips. Students also have free time to visit historic and cultural attractions and experience the many markets, shops, restaurants, theatre and entertainment venues that London has to offer. The course is memorable for both seasoned travelers and those who have not traveled abroad. It also provides an opportunity for students with demanding academic schedules who may not be able to study abroad during a year-long or semester-length program to gain a valuable international perspective.

Academic Program

Each 3 s.h. course is taught by a Tippie College of Business faculty member. Course topics and faculty leaders vary from session to session. Check with a UPO advisor to determine how credit applies to major, elective, or the International Business Certificate requirements.

2014-2015 Winter Courses

ABRD:3025:0001 Wealth Management
Professor Todd Houge

This course provides an introductory exploration into client wealth management amidst the backdrop of one of the oldest financial centers in the world, London, England. While this subject necessitates some discussion of investment theory, the topics will be approached from a "how-to” perspective, as students will have an opportunity to analyze a live client portfolio. The goal is to facilitate the exploration of and preparation for a possible career in the wealth management profession. Students should leave the course less intimidated about making personal investment decisions and more knowledgeable of building a diversified portfolio. The class will also examine common behavior biases that often lead to investment pitfalls or mistakes.

Course topics include: wealth management, goals and objectives; developing a retirement savings program; portfolio risk versus reward; asset allocation (stocks, bonds, real estate, international, etc.); asset correlation and portfolio diversification; active vs. passive management; investment vehicles (mutual funds, ETFs, etc.); tax shield structures and retirement planning (IRAs, 401k, 403b, 529 plans, etc.); wealth protection, insurance and contingency planning; the cost of professional asset management; behavioral finance and the psychology of investing; common investment pitfalls. Field trips and guest speakers from a variety of London-based financial institutions will supplement class discussions.

Students must register under the course number ABRD:3025:0001 through the Study Abroad office. The Study Abroad course number will be converted to FIN:4340 upon completion of the program.

Prerequisites: FIN:3000 Introduction to Financial Management; 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA or consent of program director.


ABRD:3025:0002 Topics in Management: Personal Ethics in Global Business
Professor Ernest O'Boyle

The dawn of the new millennium has witnessed a spate of ethical scandals that has rocked the business world. Booms and busts in key economic sectors, increased globalization, employee privacy, and corporate governance have left many questioning whether past models of ethical decision making can ever incorporate the lightning fast pace and interconnectedness of the modern business world. London, England personifies this duality between the ideals and philosophies of the Old World and the realities of modernity. We will use this setting to understand how personal ethics and business interact to affect the our beliefs, norms, and behaviors toward fair competition, employee rights, and the interface between business and government. The class builds naturally on students’ other academic subjects, such as psychology, sociology, management, marketing, and economics, to demonstrate how ethics underpins much of our global business community. As an applied class, the purposes are to (a) expose students to a variety of ethical perspectives, (b) prepare students for likely encounters in a globalized environment, (c) equip students for how to respond to ethically ambiguous situations, and (d) how to best align their personal ethical beliefs with the goals and needs of the organizations and communities they serve. Field trips and guest speakers from a variety of London-based organizations will supplement class discussions.

Students must register under the course number ABRD:3025:0002 through the Study Abroad office. The Study Abroad course number will be converted to MGMT:4000 upon completion of the program.

Prerequisites: MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management; 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA or consent of program director.

Program Dates

For the winter 2014-15 session the program will begin on Monday, December 29, 2014 and end on Friday, January 9, 2015

Depart US: Sunday, December 28, 2014 (no early admission to housing permitted)

Arrive in London: Monday, December 29, 2014

Return to US or independent travel: Saturday, January 10, 2015

For More Information

Shari Piekarski
Undergraduate Program Office
C140 Pappajohn Business Building
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-1037


Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-0353

Host Institution

The program headquarters and classroom is located on Bedford Square near the British Museum in the Bloomsbury district of London, providing excellent access to central London destinations such as the West End theatre district, Parliament, Trafalger Square, and other locations of interest.

Accommodation

Students are housed in shared rooms in fully-furnished apartments in central London within walking distance of the classroom. The apartments include a living area, kitchen, and bath, and laundry facilities are available in the building.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and information provided by the program coordinators. Students arriving within a designated window of time will be met at Heathrow airport and transported to their apartments in central London.

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, students will be informed whether there is sufficient interest to offer the trip. Instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared at that time.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2015:

Those with valid passports already should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through July 2015.

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Federal Building/Post Office on South Clinton Street or at the U.S. State Department web site.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive) and we encourage students to ask at the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

A special note to international students

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter's program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency's web site to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Eligibility

Students with questions about their eligibility for these courses should discuss their situation with Matt Edwards or Shari Piekarski in the Undergraduate Program Office, 319-335-1037.

Application Deadline

September 16, 2014. Early applications are encouraged; courses will be filled with eligible students based on the date of the application submission.

How to Apply

The application form is available by clicking on the following link: Application.

UI students who apply to this program will be U-billed the $50 application fee. The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Program admission decisions will be based on several factors:

• Course eligibility requirements met;
• Submission date of complete application; and
• Course selection

Enrollments must meet at least 25 students in order for the course to be offered. No more than 31 students can be accommodated in each course.

A special note to International students:

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a ‘Student Visitor Visa’ before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter’s study abroad program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency’s web site to find out if you need to apply:http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/

If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application, but it is your responsibility to obtain the correct visa

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the U.S. You can obtain a travel signature from an international student advisor in International Students and Scholars, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Costs

The base program fee for Winter 2013-14 is $2,388, and includes educational costs, cultural programs which typically includes a welcome dinner, half-day coach tour of London, tour of St. Paul's Cathedral, day trip to Stonehenge and Bath, theatre performance, company or site visits and speakers, travel pass for unlimited travel in central London (buses and subway), on-site orientation and support in London, 24/7 access to a computer lab in the classroom facility, and housing in shared flats in central London with cooking and free laundry facilitie. Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees of $544 and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance described here. The total amount charged on the ubill (base fee, admin fees and insurance) will be $2,950. Students should also be prepared to pay for round-trip airfare to London, personal expenses, local transportation not covered by the program, books and meals. Total estimated cost of attendance (excluding any passport expenses) is $5,135. There is a $50 application fee.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

You may be able to use financial aid for winter courses, particularly if you already use it for fall/spring. Speak with the Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

Winter study abroad students are also able to apply for Study Abroad scholarships. There are three: Need-based (for those who use financial aid), Merit-based (for those with a GPA of 3.33 and above), and a Diversity Ambassador scholarship (eligibility includes students from under-represented backgrounds, LGBT students, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and others.).

Confirmation Materials

Please SUBMIT the following materials for your specific course by Friday, September 26th, 2014:.

PDFConfirmation of Participation Form.

Please indicate on the form which course you have been accepted into.

Below is a checklist of additional items students that accepted students must SUBMIT by Friday, September 26th in order to reserve your space on the program.

1)PDFACCENT enrollment materials - Wealth Management Please note that "Form 6: Arrival Information" can be turned in later if you do not have your flights booked by September 26.

PDFACCENT enrollment materials - Personal Ethics in Global Business Please note that "Form 6: Arrival Information" can be turned in later if you do not have your flights booked by September 26.

2) PDFMedical Self-Assessment form

3) Photocopy of your Passport Identification Page, which includes your photo and passport number.
(If you supplied this with your application, please disregard this item. If you do not already have a passport, you should apply for one immediately and submit a copy of the identification page when you receive it.)

Enrollment Information

The following items materials should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFACCENT Pre-departure Student Handbook

The following materials should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFUI Financial Aid Information

PDFThings to do in London

Health Insurance Information