International Business Cases, Business in the European Union and Religion in the Low Countries
Students who complete the Belgium Maymester 2022 will earn a total of eight credits:
- 4 credits: BUS 483: Advanced International Business Cases (prerequisite one of the following BUS 351, 361, 371) Major credit OR BUS/IS 283: Introduction to International Business Cases (Econ 100 prerequisite if taken as IS 283) Major IS credit;
- 4 credits: RELS 258: Protestant, Catholic, Jew and Muslim: Intersections in the Low Countries, Major and minor credit
The courses will satisfy two foundation requirements:
- F1 Life then and now
- F11 Connections between the classroom and the world.
Dates: TBD, but roughly May 16th-June 6th, 2022
Professor Denis Khantimirov will continue to direct the Belgium Maymester and will teach the four-credit course in International Business Cases that combines case studies and business site visits. Professor Van Herck from the University of Antwerp will continue to teach RELS 258: Protestant, Catholic, Jew and Muslim: Intersections in the Low Countries. International Business Cases will continue to focus on industries where Belgium, Holland, Germany and France have historical advantages and expertise, for example, diamonds, brewing, printing, transportation, chocolate, wine and champagne. RELS 258 will be integral to the study of international business in Belgium, France, Holland and Germany. Many of the sites we visit are not only important to business, culture and politics in the European Union but are also related to the religious history of the area. We are very excited about how these two independent courses work together to help students contextualize religious history and contemporary international business’s environment and believe 2022 will be another awesome Belgium Maymester experience!
The program will be headquartered in Antwerp. Students will be housed at the Ibis Hotel, and instruction will be at the University of Antwerp with some lectures at the NEOMA School of Management in Reims, France. For International Business Cases, coursework will combine business case studies with site visits, lectures from company officials, and Reims Management and University of Antwerp faculty. For the RELS 258 course, coursework will combine readings, lecture, and site visits with lectures by faculty from the University of Antwerp and art/architecture historians. Although in the past we have been in Belgium(Antwerp, Brussels, Brugge, Leuven, Mechelen and Ghent), France (Reims, Epernay, some small villages, and Paris), the Netherlands (Amsterdam and Flower Market),Germany, and Luxemburg, the program itinerary is subject to change due to Covid regulations. Although we may not be able to secure some site visits, viable alternatives will be offered.
We’ll study international branding and industry structure by examining Stella Artois, owned by AB InBev that recently bought Anheuser Busch and continues to expand its international holdings. We’ll also examine local breweries, ABC, that competes very successfully against the internationals by using a carefully selected import/export agent and Duvel that has grown to a mid-sized firm with an increasing number of exports; the De Beers diamond phenomenon and its joint venture to brand its diamonds with Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessey; LVMH and its portfolio of luxury brands, including champagnes that are experiencing booming demand but static supply; the country of origin effect on Belgium’s international printing, diamond cutting, chocolate, and weaving industries as well as place-marketing of Germany’s wines. We’ll examine the religious history of the Low Countries and combine lectures with visits to sites of great religious historical significance, for example, Van Eyck’s Adoration of the Lamb in Ghent; Antwerp’s Rubens House, and the Plantin-Moretus museum of printing; the Basilica of the Holy Blood as well as the Beguinage in Bruges; Breendonk Prison where political prisoners and Jews were detained in WWII; Amsterdam’s Jewish District and the Flower Market; and in Germany, Aachen’s Cathedral and Charlemagne’s chapel. In Brussels, we’ll visit European Parliament. Our extensive integration of site visits, lectures, and studies on international business, European politics, and religious history illustrate why each course component cannot be parceled into a separate package for study—that’s one of the advantages of Maymester in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg and France!
This program fee covers:
- Tuition for the program’s two courses
- Texts for the International Business course
- All room and partial board during the program (breakfast every morning of the program, lunch on programmed days (at times dinner will be substituted for lunch)
- All transportation during the program (airfare to Belgium and return to States is not included nor are group travel plans made for participants)
- All entrance fees for site visits—cathedrals, musea, businesses, guided tours (all site visits are guided by experts—for example, art historians, architectural historians, or professors.
- Student insurance while on the Maymester Program
Please email Professor Khantimirov regarding program cost at email@example.com
Important Note to Applicants:
All students with a GPA of 2.0 and in good academic and social standing are eligible for the program; however, we are limiting enrollment to the first 24 students accepted in the program. (Same-sex-double-occupancy makes it difficult to set the exact number of students who will be accepted.) Thus, it’s important to submit a complete application early because openings will be filled on a rolling basis—the first qualified student to submit a complete application will be the first student enrolled and so on until the program is filled. Please note the application deadline for this program is February 1st
or until filled.
Need-Based Scholarship Available:
- All students on Summer Programs will be considered for a need-based scholarship if they have completed a FAFSA and have at least a 2.75 GPA.
- Not all students will receive an award. Need based award amounts vary, based on each student's individual FAFSA information. Some awards may cover up to 100% of the program cost, though that is rare.
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