BRAZIL TRIP DATES: Spring Break, March 23-31, 2013 (Trip concluded)

Course Information:

  • GSM7261G is a one credit independent study course and will be graded Pass/Fail. Credits for this course will count towards graduation requirements.
  • Professor: Professor Gary Knight
  • Prerequisites: One semester of MBA coursework and good academic and conduct standing.
  • Tuition: There is no charge for GSM7261G for spring semester 2013
  • Course requires attendance and participation in class sessions prior to and just following the trip.
  • Itinerary: Itinerary can be viewed here

Estimated Costs: All inclusive of program fee, airfaire, visa and meals on your own - estimate - $4500.

  • Program Fee: $2607 (includes in country travel and transportation, double occupancy hotel rooms and some meals). Students wanting a single room will pay an additional fee of $770.
  • Airfare: $1400 estimated
  • Visa application processing: $185 (varies depending on country of origin)
  • Estimated additional Costs: $300 (including meals not included in program fee etc)
  • Financial Aid: Students eligible for Federal Stafford or Graduate Plus loans may apply to borrow to cover the costs of the trip Contact Katy O'Neil in the WU Financial Aid Office

Application Process: Application form

  • November 12 - Application Deadline - Required to register for the course - Apply here after logging into Blitznet
  • December 10 - Deposit required - $1358 ( 50% of program fee). This will confirm your participation (NOTE: Financial Aid can be advanced from spring semester student loans - see Judy O'Neill for details)
  • January 14 - Final Deposit required - (second-half of program fee due)

Refund Policy: There will be no refunds within 90 days of the official program start date due to policies and procedures with our international partners.

Passport and Visa Information:

  • Valid passport is required
  • Brazil Visa required for all participants. Visa process and charge varies by country of citizenship. US students can get information here - Information here


This is a one-credit course that includes the study abroad experience in Brazil, Spring Break 2013. The trip includes visits to numerous companies and other organizations in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In this course we study (i) fundamentals of international business, (ii) the environments and challenges of emerging markets, (iii) strategies and operations for succeeding in emerging markets, and (iv) specific aspects of business in Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy.

Brazil is the most important emerging market in Latin America. Other emerging markets include China, India, and Russia that, in contrast to advanced economies (such as Germany, Japan, and the United States), are undergoing rapid industrialization, modernization, and economic growth. Emerging markets represent attractive markets and low-cost bases for manufacturing and global sourcing. Emerging markets are also high-risk business environments with evolving legal, governmental, and commercial systems. Increasingly, emerging markets are spawning “new global challengers”, top companies that are becoming key contenders in world markets, and challenging multinational firms from the advanced economies.

Brazil is one of the world's fastest growing economies. Its export sector in high-value products is booming. It is a founding member of the United Nations and numerous other supranational organizations. It is an excellent location to study corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and the “bottom of the pyramid” paradigm described in CK Prahalad’s text The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits. In addition to corporate and non-profit sites, we will visit the largest slum in Latin America, the setting for several non-profit projects. We will also visit famous touristic sites, such as Pao de Acucar (Sugarload mountain) and Sao Paulo’s historic downtown.

Questions? Please email us at

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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