Benefits of a Travel Seminar
- Connects classroom learning with real-world experience
- Firsthand exposure to international business issues and concepts
- Network with students, faculty, and global business leaders
- Adds a line to your resume that helps you stand out
- Experience with a new culture
- Applicable to both your education and your career
- Please note that registration priority will go to those students who need the seminars in order to graduate on time in May/June 2021.
- Students who have schedule flexibility should look into travel seminar options in the spring of 2022.
- Registration will remain open until class is full.
- Limited seats are available and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Due to the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the difficulties surrounding international travel, Suffolk University will not be offering any Global Travel Seminars at the undergraduate level in the spring of 2021. Please check back in with us during the end of summer/beginning of fall for updates on offerings for undergraduates in March and May 2022.
Any students in the Global Business Major looking for opportunities that satisfy the travel requirement should contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at 617-573-8345 or the Center for International Programs and Services at 617-573-8034 for more information.
Our graduate students have visited and pitched proposals to major companies, such as Adidas, Embraer, BMW, Volkswagen, Goodrich, and Pepsi.
Whether it’s on-site or virtual this experience will stand out on your resume, letting potential employers know that you’re ready to take on global opportunities and challenges in a business setting. The Travel Seminar is a required course for MBA students, but can be taken as an elective in many other programs.
Each undergraduate and graduate Global Travel Seminar is uniquely crafted by the faculty leader, so no two are exactly alike.
Each seminar counts as a three-credit international business course. As part of the academic requirement, you’ll participate in three pre-travel class sessions and one post-travel class session.
Pre-travel Class Sessions
Before the trip, you’ll have three class sessions with your faculty advisor, where you’ll discuss your site visits and learn about:
- The destination’s economy and its competitive position in the global marketplace
- The political, social, and cultural environment
- Current business issues within the destination
- The unique cultural aspects of doing business in the destination
Post-travel Class Session
In the last class session, you’ll present your main seminar project. The final project, determined by your faculty leader, could be a paper, presentation, or group assignment.
Experiencing global business firsthand is a key component of the seminar. You’ll spend seven to ten days engaged in a series of field visits and cultural activities designed to immerse you in the business culture of a destination. If you choose to enroll in a virtual travel seminar, you’ll engage remotely in these same activities and gain valuable experience in remote global collaboration.
You’ll visit a variety of businesses, ranging from the headquarters of large, multinational corporations to small, entrepreneurial firms. Other potential visits could be to local institutions, such as stock exchanges or regulatory authorities, or you could meet with government leaders or academic experts.
Our students have visited companies, such as 3M, the Bank of England, Bayer, BMW, Bombay Stock Exchange, Bovespa, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Embraer, GE Financial Services, Lenovo, Lloyd’s of London, Lufthansa, Microsoft, Natura, State Street Global Markets, TV Globo, Volkswagen, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Zambon.
Understanding the local culture is an important element of the Travel Seminar and essential for success. You'll experience a variety of cultural activities, including sightseeing and city tours, visits to museums and historical landmarks, theater performances, and group dinners featuring authentic cuisine. You’ll even have some free time to explore on your own.
There are three cost components for most Travel Seminars:
- Tuition for three credits
- Flight (exceptions may apply) – please note that flights for spring 2021 will be group flights booked for the seminar cohort.
- Seminar fee, which includes:
- $35 application fee
- Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
- Ground transportation within destination
- English-speaking tour guide
- Cultural activities
- Business programming
- Some meals, including welcome reception and farewell dinner
- $160 comprehensive health insurance and emergency assistance
- Where applicable, this will appear as a separate line on your bill
How to Register
- Registration opens Monday, November 16th, 2020. The first day of priority registration.
- Add the course through MySuffolk as you normally would.
- Once you register via MySuffolk, you will be required to complete the online pre-travel requirements for the program option of your choice. The Center for International Programs & Services will reach out to you to provide further instructions.
- Once registered, the Center for International Programs & Services will reach out to you to provide instructions for submitting your $500.00 deposit. The deposit is required to hold your spot in your selected seminar. The deposit is refundable up until the end of add-drop. After that time, it is refundable only in the event of program cancellation.
- Passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of your anticipated return from travel. Passports that expire before this date must be renewed.
- Your spot will not be confirmed until your pre-travel requirements are complete and your deposit has been paid. Deposits are due by the add/drop deadline Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Please see graduate seminars page for confirmation deposit amounts per program.
Travel seminars are first come, first served with preference given to students who are graduating in May of 2021. There are no waitlists for travel seminars, so you must enroll in a seminar during this timeframe.
Please check back in late summer / early fall 2021 for updated registration information for Spring 2022 undergraduate travel seminars.
For more information, or to ask any additional questions beyond what is found on this page, please email us.
"The Germany Travel Seminar provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a strategy consultant for major Fortune 500 companies. The intensity and teamwork forced us to generate creative, thoughtful, and inspiring ideas for the companies to consider. I loved the challenge and wish I could do it all over again!"