This summer, 99 students in the Pamplin College of Business will be studying abroad on five faculty-led programs in Europe.

The programs, ranging from four to eight weeks, are among the ways the college prepares its students to join culturally diverse workplaces and do business around the world, says Reed Kennedy, director of Pamplin’s international programs. Employers, he notes, have cited experience abroad and an appreciation for multiculturalism as important factors in business and career success.

Pamplin’s study-abroad programs, Kennedy says, are specifically developed to give students rich learning experiences through coursework in management, finance, accounting, information technology, and hospitality and tourism management; visits to companies and cultural sites; and opportunities for intercultural interaction.

Pamplin’s study-abroad programs this summer are: “The European approach to management: Study abroad in France,” led by Reed Kennedy; “Event and technology management on the French Riviera,” led by accounting and information systems professor France Belanger and hospitality and tourism management instructor Pierre Couture; “Doing business in Europe,” led by accounting and information systems professor James Hicks, business information technology associate professor Lance Matheson, and finance professor Rodney Thompson; “Hospitality and tourism management in Switzerland, France, Italy, and Austria,” led by hospitality and tourism management professor Muzzo Uysal; and “Products and processes in Scandinavia,” led by business information technology associate professor Barbara Hoopes.

The college provides scholarship assistance for study abroad. It also offers students international internships, an international business minor, and programs at Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Switzerland and at other universities in Europe and Asia.



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