Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in England

Spring 2016 course
International Marketing and Business Research
w/ travel May 13-22, 2016

applicationS DUE: Friday, Nov. 13

BUCKsProgram Description
This study abroad experience provides students with hands-on research skills, the opportunity to travel, and interaction with many sectors of the British business community.  During spring semester, teams of students will be provided a client who is seeking research in England.  Prior to departure, the student teams will prepare research proposals based on client needs.  Students then spend 8 days in England during the break between spring semester and first summer session conducting research and interviews with British organizations, businesses, agencies and consumers.  Students and faculty at BUCKS New University (outside of London) will host the CSU group. 
Academic Program
Through this program, students will learn how to plan and execute marketing research for a business client.  Students will form research teams, design research projects, write research proposals, conduct background research and identify British organizations and target segments to interview.  The program will also expose students to an unforgettable cultural and business experience by exploring and studying in London.  Students will develop teamwork skills by working within their CSU teams and with their partner students at BUCKS New University. 
While in England, Kim Ruggeri, professor of the program, will conduct orientation sessions with the students and supervise their research.  Completed group reports are submitted in June.
Undergraduate students should enroll in MKT 440: Field Experience Abroad (3 credits).  Students may also use these credits towards the experiential requirement in the IB major. Graduate students should register for MKT 640: Field Experience Abroad (4 credits).  Both classes are scheduled during the spring 2016 semester.  The course includes the study abroad program in May, as well as four mandatory class meetings held at 6 pm on Fridays (2/12, 3/4, 4/22, and 6/10).
Pre-requisite of MKT 301 or equivalent. Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. At the time of application, the applicant must have completed at least two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and at least one semester if a transfer or graduate student. The applicant must have not have an unpaid balance on their Treasury Services account and no current sanctions against them from the Student Code of Conduct. All applicants will be reviewed and approved by the director Prof. Ruggeri and the CISP. Students will be selected based on major and GPA; there is a limit of 15 participants and a minimum of 12. Course is closed to AMBA, GAMBA, MAMBA, or EMBA students. Minimum of 12 participants required for this course.
The estimated program fee is $2,500*. The cost includes:
  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Lodging
  • English breakfast
  • In-Country Transportation
The cost does not include CSU tuition for the required 3 credit course (undergrad) or 4 credits for MBA students. For current tuition rates - click here. * If you are an undergraduate student, please note that the tuition band allows enrollment in 12 to 18 credits in Fall and Spring semesters for the same tuition charge.
The program fee may change due to increases in airfare and/ or the exchange rate. Students should budget an additional $400-$500 for lunch, dinner, souvenirs, and sightseeing. Students are personally responsible for passport or visa fees (if applicable), health insurance with international coverage, and souvenir shopping.
The $2,500 program fee is broken down into 2 payments:
  • $250 application deposit due with application (see application for instructions on how to make this payment). If admitted to the program the application deposit becomes non-refundable. Pay application deposit directly into the program account through the Cashier's Office.
  • $2250 will be due on Feb 12, 2016. If admitted to the program, this fee will be added to individual students' CampusNet accounts and will need to be paid off accordingly.  
If program fees are not paid in full by Feb 12, 2016 students may be removed from the program but maintain responsibility for the fee.
A signed Financial Policies statement is due to the Center for International Services and Programs from each admitted student on the program.
Financial Aid
Students may use spring financial aid to pay for the program fees and tuition (except for the $250 application deposit which cannot be deferred). Spring financial aid awards may be increased due to the increased cost for the semester. Students can explore this and other options and seek advice on applying for private loans through FASTCHOICE by meeting with a Campus 411/ All-in-One Enrollment Services representative in MC 116.
If you have any questions about using financial aid toward the study abroad cost, please contact the CISP who will need to see a print out of your spring 2016 financial aid award indicating enough money to cover all spring tuition plus the program fee for England.
The Center for Internatioal Services and Programs offers scholarship money to all qualifying scholarship applicants.  Please complete the scholarship application  CISP Education Abroad Scholarship,
Do I need a Visa?
No, you do not need a visa if you a United States citizen. If you are a Permanent Resident or an international student in the US, you may need a visa to enter the United Kingdom. If you have any questions regarding visas, please contact the CISP.
The program application and the paper receipt showing a $250 deposit are due no later than Friday,  November 13, 2015. To make the program deposit of $250, take the program application and your payment to the Cashier’s Desk in the First Floor of the Main Classroom. You will receive a receipt that you must turn in with your application.  As part of the application, students need to be in possesion of a valid passport or have their passport application in-process.  Submit the application to the Center for International Services and Programs, MC 412.

Download and print off application form
Kim Ruggeri
College Lecturer, Department of Marketing
Professor of record for the course and program
BU 462

Julie Good
Manager of Education Abroad
Center for International Services and Programs
MC 412