The School of Business offers many opportunities to gain experience for today's global economy. Students can take short-term faculty led trips or take advantage of more traditional study abroad programs.
Study tours have become very popular at Alfred University providing students with a unique, credit bearing opportunity. School of Business faculty have supported past tours to France, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, China, and Ecuador and are actively planning new excursions.
Recent examples of study tours:
- Every two years over March spring break, a group of students board a Carnival cruise ship to study the operations of the floating city while visiting countries in the Caribbean to experience how travel and tourism is interrelated with business strategies. In March 2014, we visited Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize City and toured businesses to learn about their operations while seeing first-hand how shore excursions operate.
- In January 2014 a group of students traveled through the cities of Munich, Stuttgart, and Heidenheim, Germany to study the Global Auto Industry. In addition to visiting Mercedes-Benz, BMW, EvoBus and Zeigler, they participated with Germany university students in an international business simulation. We are planning a trip for January 2015 that will include Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
- We are also planning a trip to Kyoto and Tokyo Japan for Spring 2015 where students will study cultural impacts on daily business practices in Japan; Spring 2015 a group of students from AUBiz, Engineering, Art, and other dsiciplines travelled to Tokyo and Keyoto Japan to study cultural impacts on daily business practices, samurai culture, anime etc. will be covered during the trip.
- In January 2009 and 2010, a group of students traveled through the cities of Munich, Stuttgart, and Heidenheim, Germany with professors Frank Duserick and Amy Rummel. With a goal to understand the importance of having a global strategic vision for the social, political, and cultural environments in which today’s businesses operate, students visited several local businesses within the area to fully understand the globally strategic theme. Some highlights from the 10 day tour included: the Cathedral of Ulm, the Medieval Crime Museum, Huber Group Automotive, Nymphenburg Palace, and OSI International Foods.