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International Consulting Program

International Consulting Program: Summer 2017

The Global Education Office and the School of Business are pleased to offer an exciting summer international internship experience in six different locations. Four locations—Athens, Greece; Cordoba, Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; and Guadalajara, Mexico—are open to undergraduate students. Rabat, Morocco is open to graduate students.
 
The program fee for ICP is $1,500. The first 20 students to enroll in each site will receive a $500 award toward the program fee from the School of Business. Review information about program fee inclusions on each site’s Budget Sheet, which is linked from their individual application page.
 
Applications will be accepted until each site reaches capacity. Students should apply to only one of the locations open to them. Students will be notified via email if they are accepted to the program.

Students with questions about academics, course content, or travel arrangements should contact Romana Bucur at bucurrn@vcu.edu.
 
Locations and Applications
Undergraduate
Graduate
Registration Opens: 1 November 2016
Deadline: 15 March 2017
 
Courses
Undergraduate
  • BUSN 400 (3 credits)
  • BUSN 401 (3 credits)
Graduate
  • BUSN 698 and BUSN 699 (MBA 6 credits, MS 3-6 credits; contact bucurrn@vcu.edu for more information)
 
Pre-Trip Course
From May 22nd to June 12th (June 11th for Athens), students will begin the International Consulting Program in Richmond by taking a three-week course. The academic content delivered during this pre-trip period will consist of business communication, language/culture/country specific training, and consulting training. Students will also have the opportunity to work on a consulting project for a local business with a group of their peers.
 
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools needed for their international consulting project in their host country.
 
International Consulting Project
Following the pre-trip course in Richmond, students will begin the international course and depart for their host country on the dates listed for each site. While abroad, they will work with VCU Business students as well as students from the host university on consulting projects for local or international companies. Previous companies students have worked with during their consulting assignments have included Pepsi, UNICEF, OPERA Solutions, high end hotels and restaurants, IT Solutions, start up incubators, local chamber of commerce and local sports teams.
 
During students’ time in the host country, they will also have the opportunity to explore the local community and experience the culture through weekend excursions, trips to local museums and other cultural institutions.
 
Post-Course Reflection Paper
Following the consulting project abroad students will be required to write a final reflection paper of their experience from 7/1- 7/10 (or 6/28 – 7/7 Athens). While some students return to Richmond to writer their reflections paper, many students opt to continue their travels and write their paper while abroad.
 
Undergraduate Eligibility
  • Current School of Business student.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Have completed the following courses by the end of the Spring 2017 semester: FIRE 311, Financial Management; SCMA 301, Business Statistics; MKTG 301, Introduction to Marketing.
Graduate Eligibility
  • Good academic standing.
 

Passports
A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, consult the State Department's website.

Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.

Students will receive two separate charges to their student accounts for this program. One charge will reflect the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and registration fee); the other charge is for VCU tuition costs (based on the number and type of credits being taken by the student). These bills will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear in spring 2017.

While these charges may post to the student’s account simultaneously or separately, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.

Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad.  Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of, or the entire, program fee based on the following schedule:
  • Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged. 
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
 
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.

Travel health
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, visit the CDC's website.

VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Visit their website for full details.

Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs.  The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.