Trade and the European Union - Brussels and Rome | Webster University

Study Abroad: Brussels, Belgium; Rome, Italy

Summer 2020: Trade and the European Union 

Program Description
The post-World War II world order of the past 70 years is changing. Institutions formed to bring about recovery and reduce the risk of another war are under stresses not seen before. Trade and political cooperation between European nations has only grown since 1945, yet new strains on those relations are emerging, while relations and trade with other countries of the world have begun to shift.

This program will take place in two major European cities - Brussels and Rome - chosen to provide a contrast of issues affecting the European Union (EU). The on-site component of the course will include visits to the EU headquarters, interviews with government officials, and developing a forecast of the future of the EU, as well as time for sightseeing. Concepts learned will benefit anyone planning on working for an organization involved in international business.

Program Highlights

  • Learn international trade concepts, the evolution of the European Union (EU), as well as current political and economic forces in play in today's Europe.
  • Spend 4 days in Brussels, Belgium, the headquarters of the European Union (EU), to start out the program and begin to understand issues involved in EU membership.
  • Then travel to Rome, Italy, for 4 days to experience a European Union (EU) member country with significant political diversity that is considering its future in the EU.

Online Course Dates: May 27 - July 22, 2020
Travel Course Dates: June 27 - July 5, 2020

BUSN 5500: Professional Seminar (Trade and European Union)
Program Faculty Leader: Paul Rochette
Course Description:This course will cover what the European Union is, its formation, how it evolved, and the intended gains of economic integration. The class will focus on political and economic issues within the member countries, how they might play out, and ultimately, what this means to the US and the rest of the world. Lectures with be combined with practical quantitative and qualitative research to provide the full context of the topic. Students will engage in an examination of elements such as the structure of the EU, cultural differences between members, historical context, geopolitical forces, immigration, US perspectives and macroeconomic issues.

Course Syllabus
BUSN 3100: Professional Seminar (Trade and European Union)
BUSN 5500: Professional Seminar (Trade and European Union)

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BUSN 3100/5500: Professional Seminar - Trade and the European Union

Program Cost
Program Fee: TBD
What's Included: Double accommodation, cultural activities and some means
What's Not Included: Tuition, application deposit, roundtrip airfare, most meals and personal spending money
Study Abroad Fee: $175
Application Deposit: $100
Tuiton: Graduate students: pay 2020-2021 per credit hour graduate rate. Undergraduate students: pay the 2020/2021 per credit hour undergraduate rate

Students may be eligible for the following Webster study abroad scholarships:

  • Next Century Leaders Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Marilynne Bradley Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Study Abroad
  • Dr. Roy Tamashiro Endowed Travel Scholarship

For a complete description of scholarships along with eligibility and requirements, please visit the Study Abroad scholarship website.

Scholarship Deadline- March 15th

Application Process
Application Deadline: March 15th

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad fee*, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport-sized photo.

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met:
1) Student attends the program
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys
3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

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