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International Business in Sydney

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Winter

Location:

Sydney, Australia

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

UI GPA 2.75. Sophomore standing.

Application Due:

Sept 6, 2019

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The Tippie College of Business sponsors the International Business in Sydney Winter intersession course designed to provide students with deeper insights of international business. The course focuses on global business in the Asia Pacific region through company presentations, tours, cultural activities, and a course led by Dr. Nigel Bairstow of the University of Technology, Sydney.

Students have free time to visit historic and cultural attractions and experience the many markets, shops, restaurants, theater and cultural venues that Sydney has to offer. The course is valuable for both experienced 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

This 3 s.h. course is taught by Dr. Nigel Bairstow of the University of Technology, Sydney. Students will gain a deeper understanding of international business in Asia Pacific and the management issues confronting small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and multi-national enterprises (MNEs) in the Asia Pacific Region. The course and company presentations provide practical guidance on how to develop and sustain a competitive advantage in the Asia Pacific Region. Learn about the rise of ASEAN, the challenges and opportunities for trade growth, and collaboration within this fast growing and dynamic region

Course prerequisite: MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management

Course credit satisfies Tippie RISE and also counts in the following ways:

  • International Marketing (marketing major) or International Global Issues (general education)
  • International Business Certificate International Business Section or Study Abroad Section

Program Dates

For the winter 2019-2020 session, the program dates are:

Depart the U.S. on December 31, 2019

Return to the U.S. on January 12, 2020

For More Information

Stephanie Fountain, Assistant Director of Global Experiences, Tippie College of Business

Undergraduate Program Office

C140 Pappajohn Business Building

The University of Iowa

Email: stephanie-fountain@uiowa.edu


Leslie McNeilus, Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator

Study Abroad Office

The University of Iowa

319-335-0353

Email: leslie-mcneilus@uiowa.edu

Sydney, Australia

A relatively young city, Sydney has grown to become one of the world’s most multicultural areas—an international fusion of culture, languages, and ideas, with more than 4.6 million residents.

Sydney, the capital of the Australian state of New South Wales, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House.

The hub of business transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney is an important location when it comes to doing business in that part of the world. Sydney is the epicenter of trade, finance, and business transactions in the Asia-Pacific.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Accommodation

Students are housed in shared rooms in fully-furnished apartments, or flats, in Sydney's city center within walking distance of the classroom. The apartments include a living area, kitchen, and bath, and laundry facilities are available. Students will be housed with other University of Iowa students, or students from another U.S. college or university.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and information provided by the program coordinators. Accepted students should NOT purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared with the group.

Students arriving within a designated window of time will be met at Sydney International Airport and transported to their apartments in central Sydney. Students will also be provided with a return shuttle to Sydney International Airport at the time of departure.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2020:

Those with valid passports 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 2020.

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 Highway 6 in Iowa City 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 regarding visas to enter Australia:

It is necessary for all students accepted to participate on this program to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter Australia for this winter program. If you need a visa to enter Australia, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

For International Students:

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

A minimum University of Iowa GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance. Prerequisites: MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management or consent of the program director. A minimum of Sophomore standing (having completed one year of academic coursework at the University of Iowa) is required. Freshmen or those who have not completed one year at the University of Iowa are not eligible to apply. All participants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa.

Application Deadline for 2019-2020

Applications open: July 1, 2019
Application Deadline: September 6, 2019

Early applications are encouraged.

Cost

The estimated costs for the program are available on the 2019-2020 Cost Sheet - DRAFT.PDF This document outlines the fees associated with participating in the this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (Course Fee, Study Abroad Fee, CISI Insurance, and Application Fee) as well as estimated out-of-pocket expenses.

The billed costs for the Winter 2019-2020 program include 3 semester hours of tuition, company speakers, 10 nights of shared accommodation including Wi-Fi, daily breakfast supplies at accommodation, 6 lunches, a Welcome dinner, cultural day trip and city tour, ground transportation to and from the airport, ground transportation to all course events, 24/7 staff support from Global Academic Ventures, UI study abroad administrative fee, and manditory Iowa Regents CISI insurance. There is also a $50 non-refundable application fee that will be charged to the student's U-Bill at the time of application.

Students should be prepared to pay for round-trip airfare to Sydney, personal expenses, local transportation not covered by the program, and books and meals not listed above as out-of-pocket espenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

How to Apply

The application is available beginning July 1, 2019: UI Study Abroad Application.

Students who wish to study abroad through the Tippie College of Business on one of the Winter Session programs must only apply to one program. Multiple applications for multiple programs will not be considered.

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

Enrollments must meet at least 12 students in order for the course to be offered.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2020:

Those with valid passports 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 2020.

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 Highway 6 in Iowa City 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 regarding visas to enter Australia:

It is necessary for all students accepted to participate on this program to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter Australia for this winter program. UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

For International Students:

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.

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. Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships website for more detailed information on the available scholarships and to review eligibility criteria.

The Tippie College of Business offers scholarships for students participating on winter study abroad programs. The deadline to apply for first round scholarships is September 10th. Students who do not apply during this round are encouraged to apply for the November 1st deadline. To apply to Tippie College of Business scholarships specifically for study abroad opportunities, please click on the following link: Tippie College of Business Global Experiences Scholarships.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation dedaline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%

Confirmation Materials for 2019-2020

Next Steps:

You should also:

Flights

Flight information will be provided to all participants after the Confirmation Deadline. Do not book flights until then.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We'll address many of the issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then, our general advice is to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have before going abroad. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website for Australia-specific health information and visit your doctor or the Travel Nurse at Student Health for any vaccinations you might need.

UI Student Health Service Travel Clinic: http://studenthealth.uiowa.edu/services/international-travel

Orientation

To prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Pre-Departure Orientation

A group in-person orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and program leaders and will cover practical information about traveling, Sydney, and logistics of the program. Attendance is REQUIRED at one session:

  • November 19 (T) from 3:30-5:00 p.m., W401 PBB OR
  • November 20 (W) from 3:30-5:00 p.m., W401 PBB 

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation dedaline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%