Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Munich and Amsterdam


International Field Experience in Management
May 9-18, 2014


Program Description

Experience two of Europe’s most beautiful cities as you explore Munich and Amsterdam on the Management Department’s International Field Experience.  Students will learn first-hand how international companies confront issues such as Organizational Change, Human Resources, Labor Management, and Sustainability, relative to the United States. Students will be immersed in a variety of cultures and visit universities, corporations, and cultural sites. 

Munich, the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, combines old-world charm with modern sophistication. Students will also visit Amsterdam, the largest city and capital of the Netherlands. Laden with picturesque canals and bicycles, you will have the opportunity to visit cultural attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House.  From the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, BMW and Unilever, to the University of Amsterdam and Heineken, students will be afforded the opportunity to meet with executives and faculty from these institutions and have a behind-the-scenes look at management practices. 

Academic Program

All participants will be required to enroll in a 3-credit course, either MLR 496 (undergraduate) or MLR 698 (graduate) for the spring 2014 semester. In addition to observing the implementation of topics from their coursework, student teams will research their assigned corporations prior to the departure, conduct secondary data collection, collect relevant data during the trip (primarily through qualitative interviews and observational research), and complete a team research paper by May 30, 2014.   Two meetings are required prior to departure to discuss objectives with the group – Friday March 28, 2014, and Friday April 18, 2014.


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 not have an unpaid balance on their Treasury Services account and no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct which would prevent successful participation on the international course.


The total program cost is $3,500 and includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations in at least three star hotels 
  • Breakfasts
  • In-Country transportation
  • An International Student Identity Card

The program cost does not include CSU tuition for the required 3-credit course in spring 2014. To view the current tuition rates, please visit the website of the Office of Treasury Services ( Students should budget an additional $350-$500 for lunch, dinner, souvenirs, and sightseeing not included in the program cost.  Additionally, students are personally responsible for passport or visa fees and health insurance.  Note:  The costs may change slightly due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate. 


A program deposit of a $200 is due at the time of application, no later than December 6, 2013.   See application form or contact Dr. Tracy Porter ( or Dr. Vickie Coleman Gallagher ( Once accepted on the program, there will be two program cost payment deadlines:

  • $1,650 will be due on January 17, 2014
  • $1,650 will be due on March 3, 2014

You make payments toward these charges just like you would for tuition, electronically through Campusnet or by cash/check through the Cashier’s desk in Main Classroom or by mail.

If your program fee is not paid in full by March 3, 2014 you may be removed from the program.

Financial Aid

Students may use spring financial aid (if applicable) to pay for the $3,500 program fee (minus $200 deposit). In order to apply spring financial aid toward these fees, the student must provide the Education Abroad office with a copy of their financial aid award letter reflecting that the student has enough spring aid to cover both their tuition costs for all courses taken in the spring term and the remaining $3,300 program fee after the deposit is made. The student must also provide the Education Abroad office with their spring course schedule. All of these documents must be submitted to the Center for International Services and Programs by January 13, 2014. If you have any questions about using financial aid toward the program fee cost, please contact the Education Abroad office.


Please see the website of CISP for information about the CISP Study Abroad Scholarship.  The scholarship deadline is December 6, 2013 for any Spring 2014 term program. The scholarship application form can be downloaded from the website (

Do I need a Visa?

If you are not a United States citizen (even if you are a Permanent Resident), you may need a Schengen visa to enter the Netherlands and Germany. US citizens do not require a visa. Visit the website of the Embassy of the Netherlands (  to determine if you need a short term tourist visa. If you have any questions regarding visas, contact the Education Abroad Office.


The program application and deposit receipt are due no later than December 6th in the Center for International Services and Programs, MC 106. To make the program deposit of $200, 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. 


Download the  brochure and application.


Dr. Tracy Porter
College Associate Lecturer, Department of Management
Monte Ahuja College of Business, BU 428

Dr. Vickie Coleman Gallagher
Associate Professor, Department of Management
Monte Ahuja College of Business, BU 443

Julie Good
Education Abroad Manager
Main Classroom Suite 106