A Latin American (Peru) International Business and Spanish language and cultural study abroad will be offered during the spring semester break, March 7–March 16, 2014. Students have the opportunity to enroll in their choice of several business or Spanish courses to qualify for this international experience. The business courses include: IB 303, International Business will be offered during the first half of the spring semester as an 8-weeks accelerated online course leading up to the trip; or, MKT 445, Global Marketing, which begins with the trip over spring break and continues as an 8 week accelerated course online. Alternately, or in combination with a business course, students may enroll in one of three Spanish courses: Spanish 001, Spanish 003, or Spanish 100. The Spanish courses will be traditional 12-week face-to-face classes, with the study abroad during spring break.
On March 7-16, 2014, our students will travel to Lima, Peru. They will interact with students and faculty at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) in Lima, Peru, and participate in daily classes with other international students who attend UPC. In addition, students will work in multicultural teams on various international business and communication case studies and real time projects. The group will also visit Peruvian, American, and multi-national businesses to observe international business practices and learn the importance of the role of business in the international marketplace. Through working with several NGO’s and villages on various projects and through touring and visiting cultural sites and museums, students will immerse themselves in the Incan and Spanish cultures and traditions. They will work with IDESI, a microfinance NGO, for a hands-on overview of Microfinance opportunities and future projects. In Cusco they will visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, Koricancha, typical streets and the four nearest Incan ruins: the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Amphitheater of Quenqo, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay as part of their cultural experinces. A full day excursion will take students to the “Inca’s Sacred Valley.” They will visit a Pisac town, the fair and the typical market. Additional town visits will include, Calca, Qoya, Yucay, Lamay and Urubamba. Finally, students will visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and Raqchi, a 100-year-old cooperative artists center with over 100 families dedicated to handcrafts and tourism.
In Lima they will take a City Tour, to visit downtown Lima and surroundings, including the Palacio de Ozambela, historic colonial house, San Francisco Church Catacombs, Plaza de Acho, bullring/museum and the Gold Museum. The U.S. and Peruvian students will work together on business and cultural presentations and present them as part of this experience.
The students will also be exposed to the work of several NGOs (Non governmental organizations) as part of the service learning component of the program. The students will all visit and share cross cultural experiences with Peruvian students as another service learning component.
How does the program design ensure an intercultural experience?
The students will be participating in joint classes and projects with students from Peru who are of Spanish and Incan heritage in the city and in the villages; but also, from other countries as well. Though cultural excursions, interactions with NGO’s, visits and business briefings of Peruvian, Peruvian- American, and Americana businesses in Lima, Cusco and the village of Cachuma, students will learn about how international business operates and the importance of developing intercultural knowledge, understanding, and communication skills.