Spring 2018 course
International Marketing and Business Research
Travel Component May 11-20, 2018
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.
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. Students will have the opportunity to interact via Skype during the spring semester.
While in England, Prof. Ruggeri 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 2018 semester. The course includes the study abroad program in May, as well as three mandatory class meetings held at 6 pm on Fridays
- February 9
- March 2
- April 20
- Pre-requisite of MKT 301 or equivalent
- Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Completed at least two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and at least one semester if a transfer or graduate student
- No financial hold on CSU student financial account
- No current sanctions against the CSU Student Code of Conduct
- Flexible graduation plans
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 16 participants and a minimum of 12. Course is closed to AMBA, MAMBA, or EMBA students. Additionally, no May 2018 graduation dates will be conferred for any enrolled student. Students planning to graduate in May must change their graduation date and will have their degree conferred in August '18 along with the opportunity to "walk" in the December 2018 graduation ceremony. No exceptions.
The estimated program fee is $2,500*. The cost includes:
- Round Trip Airfare
- 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 also personally responsible for passport fees
, any visa expenses (if applicable), obtaining health insurance with international coverage, and obtaining a medical clearance to travel exam (available at the CSU Health and Wellness Center
by appointment at 216-687-3649 in IM 205).
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.
- $2250 will be due on Jan 22, 2018. 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 Jan 22, 2018 students may be removed from the program but still maintain responsibility for the fee.
Alternatively, students may enroll in a budget payment plan (BPP)
for spring 2018 through their CampusNet account. Enrollment in the BPP before the payment due of Jan 22 signifies a student's commitment to paying for the program fee in a timley manner. Making BBP payments on the program fee after the Jan 22 payment deadline is completely acceptable. Please contact the Office of Treasury Services if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2018 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 by the deadline Nov 30th CISP Education Abroad Scholarship
Additionally, the department of Marketing and International Business will be offering a scholarship. Please contact Prof. Ruggeri
for more information and an application.
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.
Application period is now closed.
As part of the application, students need to be in possession of a valid passport or have their passport application "in-process." The application must be completed on-line through the link below. $250 non-refundable deposit may also be made on-line through the link below; note: deposits are non-refundable. The deposit counts towards the program fee and is only refunded in the event that a student is not accepted or the program is canceled due to lack of applications. This refund is only available in the form of a credit to the student's CSU financial account.APPLY NOW
Please contact the Center for International Services and Programs if you need the account code to make the deposit payment in person at the Cashier's Office (MC 115).
Note on acceptance and withdrawals
Once emailed as an accepted participant on a CSU faculty-led study abroad program, a student becomes financially and academically responsible to the group and the University. The remaining program fee (minus the application deposit) is assessed to each participant's CSU student account, accessible through CampusNet and becomes irreversible. There are no voluntary withdrawals, as each student is needed to make up a group and cover the program expenses.
Once admitted on a faculty-led program, there will no refund of any of any kind for a withdrawal. Expenses begin being paid out on behalf of the group as soon as a program is considered a "go" and the application decisions are announced. If an applicant is unsure about making a financial and/or academic commitment to a faculty-led program, doubts should be cleared up prior to submitting an application.
College Lecturer, Department of Marketing