Summer 2013 Mediterranean Cruise - Spain, Italy & France

(June 28 - July 10, 2013)


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  1. Program Description
  2. Travel Dates and Locations
  3. Program Costs
  4. What is Included
  5. Eligibility
  6. Courses Offered
  7. Tentative Itinerary
  8. Financial Aid
  9. Program Director Contact
  10. Program Due Dates
  11. Refund Policy
  12. On Campus Meetings
  13. Scholarships
  14. Travel Visas
  15. Application / Enrollment Information
Program Description

This study abroad program is conducted within the context of management and international business courses offered by the College of Business, and offers the unique opportunity for a limited number of students to gain knowledge about conducting business in another culture/foreign environment, and to obtain specific in-country experiences regarding international business and management opportunities in foreign countries.

Travel Dates and Locations

The program will travel from June 28 - July 10, 2013

This study abroad program, which includes a cruise, will travel to Spain, Italy & France.

Program Costs

The cost of this trip is $3,500 program fee + $604.98 instructional fee (per class) + $175 Study Abroad Fee (includes international medical insurance). Please note that an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 is due when enrolling

The registration fee can be paid with any major credit card. We cannot accept checks or money orders. Additionally, we cannot add the initial registration fee to a student's Panthersoft account. The registration fee will be deducted from the program fee.

What's Included

The program fee includes round-trip international airfare, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), ground transportation (as indicated on the itinerary), entry to cultural and business visits, and daily breakfast. In addition, the program fee inludes a 7 day cruise.

Students will be responsible for any and all personal and/or additional expenses including (but not exclusive to), travel visas, passport fees, currency exchange fees, Internet fees, faxes, phone, lodging incidentals (i.e. room service) or extensions, meals not covered in the program, appropriate tips, vaccinations/inoculations, and any other voluntary tours or excursions not covered in the program. Gratuities are not included and will be collected at the start of the program. Information about gratuities will be provided during one of the on-campus meetings.

Eligibility

To participate in this study abroad program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Business students must already be admitted to the College of Business.
  2. Must be a junior or a senior to participate. The courses offered are 4000 level courses and carry prerequisites that must be met.
  3. Non-business students may participate as long as they are a junior or senior enrolled at FIU. Speak with your academic advisor to see if the classes offered will count as upper level electives.
  4. Professional BBA Students should consult with the Professional BBA office before applying.
Courses Offered

All students are required to take the mandatory MAN 4956 course and may select one additional course (for a maximum of 6 credits). Students should check the prerequisites for the courses they wish to take before applying. Our office will get an advisor approval for the classes selected and will automatically register the student once approved.

Tentative Itinerary

The following itinerary is a preliminary itinerary, that is subject to change. Students will receive an official itinerary prior to departure. This is not a complete itinerary, it is presented here to provide students with an idea of they can expect during their trip.

day 1 Friday, JUNE 28, 2013
» Depart from Miami to Barcelona, Spain
day 2 saturday, JUNE 29, 2013
» Group Breakfast
» Arrival to Barcelona and transferred to your hotel
» Check in at hotel
» Lunch Break
» Orientation by our Guide
» Walking Tour
day 3 Sunday, jUNE 30, 2013 Barcelona - Embarkation
» Group Breakfast
» Morning City Tour
» Lunch Break
» Transfer to the port for embarkation
day 4 Monday, july 1, 2013 PROVENCE
» Group Breakfast
» Cultural and/or Company visits
» Lunch Break
» Group Dinner
day 5 Tuesday, JULY 2, 2013 NICE
» Group Breakfast
» Cultural and/or Company Visits o the City of Nice and Monaco.
American Chamber of Commerce: Discussion: The Economic assets of the French Riviera.
» Lunch Break
» University Lecture in Monaco: TBC
» Group Dinner
day 6 Wednesday, JULY 3, 2013 Florence
» Group Breakfast
» Full day Cultural Activities: Day excursion includes Florence City tour,
visits to Duomo San ta Maria del Fiore, sights of Piazza della Signoria
» Lunch Break
» Group Dinner
day 7 Thursday, JULY 4, 2013 ROME
» Group Breakfast
» Cultural: Day excursion includes City Tour of Rome and visits to Vatican
and Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica. Enjoy sights of the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain
» Lunch Break
» Group Dinner
day 8 Friday, JULY 5, 2013 Naples
» Group Breakfast
» Cultural: Day Excursion to Pompeii and Sorrento
» Lunch Break
» Group Dinner
day 9 Saturday, JULY 6, 2013 Cruising
» Group Breakfast
» Presentations by onboard Directors
» Lunch
» Group Presentations
» Group Dinner
day 10 SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013
8:30AM Disembarkation and transferred to your hotel
day 11 MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013 Barcelona
» Company visits
» Ex.Wyeth Pharmaceutical/TBC
day 12 TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013 Barcelona
» Company visits
» TBC
day 13 WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 Barcelona- USA
» Morning departure to the Airport for return flight home.

day 1 Monday, December 12, 2011
» Depart early morning from Miami International Airport
day 2 Tuesday, December 13, 2011
» Arrive in the evening to Bangkok.
» After clearing customs and immigration, proceed towards the arrival lounge of the airport where you will be welcomed by your representative and transferred to your hotel
» Check in at hotel
day 3 Wednesday, December 14, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Welcome Orientation
» Tour the highlights of Bangkok
day 4 Thursday, December 15, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 5 Friday, December 16, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 6 Saturday, December 17, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Cultural Exploration (with group)
» Return to the hotel
day 7 Sunday, December 18, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Cultural Exploration (with group)
» Return to the hotel
day 8 Monday, December 19, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 9 Tuesday, December 20, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Full day of business visits (TBA)
» Return to the hotel
day 10 Wednesday, December 21, 2011
» Breakfast at the hotel
» Cultural Exploration or free day (TBA)
» Depart hotel at 9PM for same day arrival in Miami
Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for this study abroad program. Students who wish to use financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc) to help cover the cost of this program must speak with Financial Aid (305-348-7272) to discuss their individual needs.

While we do our utmost to accommodate students with financial aid, please be aware that it is the students responsibility for paying the balance of this program by the due dates. In the event the disbursement date of the financial aid funds occurs after our due date, students will be responsible for paying the balance out of their own pocket by such time

Program Director

For questions regarding your study abroad application, please contact CIBER at (305) 348-1740 or by e-mail ciber@fiu.edu.

For any questions regarding academics of this program, please contact the program director for this program:

Dr. Doreen Gooden
Dept. of Management & International Business
ACII 135A (Biscayne Bay Campus)
E-mail: Doreen.Gooden@fiu.edu
Phone: (305) 919-5514

Due Dates

Please be mindful of the due dates listed below. Failure to turn in the requested documents by the due date may result in removal from the program and forfeiture of all monies paid. Our office will not make any exceptions to any student. Students must adhere to these dates in order to successfully participate in this program.

1. Balance Payment May 1, 2013
2. Copy of Passport and U.S. Residency Card/Visa April 29, 2013
  Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond date of return.  
3. Submitted Medical Information Form April 29, 2013
4. Last day to withdraw with a refund (see refund policy below) March 6, 2013

Refund Policy

Cancellations received by March 6, 2013 will be eligible to receive a refund, less a $100 dollar processing fee. Written notice of cancellation is required. We regret that cancellations received after March 6, 2013 will not be eligible for refunds due to financial commitments to various vendors.

On Campus Meetings

Students enrolled in this program will be required to attend two on campus meetings prior to the departure of the trip. Attendance is mandatory. Lunch will be provided to the students. Students who cannot attend must e-mail the professor and CIBER in advance and will be required to obtain any missed information. Parents and spouses are always welcome to attend these meetings, but please know these meetings will mainly discuss the course curriculum.

Scholarships

The following scholarships are available for this program:

  1. CBA-CIBER Need Based Scholarship
    This $750.00 scholarship is available to two students that meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.7 GPA
    • Admitted to the College of Business Administration
    • Enrolled in this study abroad program
    • Must demonstrate the need for financial assistance
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to CIBER along with a 1 page proposal on why you want to study abroad (Deadline: May 14, 2013).

Travel Visas

All students are responsible for verifying if they require a visa for travel or not. Students are responsible for applying for a travel visa and paying all necessary fees. When applying for a visa, please apply for a tourist visa. Our office will provide the student with any necessary documentation needed when applying, such as a letter of enrollment verification, an official itinerary, or a copy of their airfare/hotel reservation.

These documents should be requested one week in advance from our office. These documents can only be processed once the student has provided us with a copy of their valid passport, and a copy of their student visa/green card (if applicable). Students are urged not to wait until the last moment to apply for their visa.

Since the group's main port of entry is Spain, students who need a Schengen Visa will be required to apply for this visa through the Consulate General of Spain.

Please review the following links for more information about applying for your Schengen Visa:

1. Requirements
2. Schengen Visa Application Form
3. Visa Fee (Money Order)

NO APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT PRIOR APPOINTMENT (PER PERSON).

Consulate General of Spain
2655 Le Jeune Road
Suite 203
Coral Gables, FL 33134
http://www.conspainmiami.org/

Application / Enrollment

To enroll into this study abroad program, please complete the online application by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below. You will be required to make an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 with any major credit card. The remaining balance will be added to your Panthersoft account once you have been enrolled in the classes.

In addition to the online application, students must submit the following documents to our office by the due date listed above:

  1. Clear copy of valid passport
  2. Clear copy of Visa/U.S. Residency card (if applicable)
  3. The Medical Information Form (A copy will be e-mailed to you after enrolling)

The application is not considered complete until these documents have been received. We cannot receive fax copies of these documents.


Please note: FIU Faculty and staff are not responsible for delays, changes in itinerary, changes in the content and cost of program, or other matters which are beyond their control.