International Consulting Program
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*Please note: students may only apply to one location*
The program fee for ICP is $750. Students are also encouraged to apply for the Sharon and Baxter Phillips scholarship and Steiner Family scholarship.
Review information about program fee inclusions on each site’s Budget Sheet, which is linked from their individual application page.
When you begin your registration with VCU, you will be prompted to pay the following non-refundable fees. Please do not pay these fees until you have been accepted into your program and are sure you will participate.
- $250 Education Abroad Fee: required for applicants to all education abroad programs
|Registration opens||November 4, 2019 (9:00am)|
|Priority Application deadline||December 31, 2019|
|Priority Admissions notification||January 7, 2020|
|Main Application deadline||January 31, 2020|
|Main Admissions notification||February 7, 2020|
|Richmond portion||May 18-June 8, 2020|
|Abroad portion (undergraduate)||June 11-June 27, 2020|
Locations and Applications
- BUSN 400 (3 credits)
- BUSN 401 (3 credits)
From May 18th to June 8th, 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, the VCU Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Jefferson Hotel, Dominion Payroll, Feedback Agency, Richmond Montessori, high end 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. While some students return to Richmond to write their reflections paper, many students opt to continue their travels and write their paper while abroad.
- Current School of Business student.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA.
- Have completed the following courses by the beginning of the program: FIRE 311, Financial Management; SCMA 301, Business Statistics; MKTG 301, Introduction to Marketing.