The importance of study abroad to students of business has emerged as a critical dimension of their education in recent years. Quinnipiac recognized this trend early on and has built a complement of study abroad and internship opportunities throughout the world in countries ranging from Australia to Zimbabwe.
Companies have increasingly expressed a preference for students who have had the experience of study abroad that builds confidence, flexibility, independence and understandings of other countries and cultures. The School of Business + Engineering is similarly committed to producing global leaders through providing this important foundation to many successful business careers.
Study abroad, international internships and executive international trips are excellent ways to round out a student's resume for career planning purposes as well as serving as proxies for work experience in the accelerated MBA programs.
Preparing to Study Abroad
Quinnipiac students have multiple options through which to achieve a study abroad experience. It is most important to plan well ahead for any such experience so that courses/credits taken can more seamlessly be incorporated into the Quinnipiac program of study. Generally, options fall into three main categories:
- Short- term programs: These generally allow for no more than two courses of credit. Offerings range from service learning in Nicaragua in January to summer options around the world. For example, the Nicaragua Microloan Experience in junior year includes ten days in Nicaragua working within a business consulting and microloan program in which both undergraduate and graduate business students participate. In this service-learning oriented experience, Quinnipiac undergraduates are primarily serving as business consultants and graduate students as analysts/loan officers for the purpose of recommending loans to local small businesses from the Quinnipiac Microloan Fund.
- Long term programs: These generally allow for a full semester abroad, either with a Quinnipiac partner school or an institution identified with the assistance of the Office of Multicultural and Global Education and School of Business + Engineering.
- BS/MBA options: Students who are selected for participation in either the 3+1 or 4+1 accelerated BS/MBA options are required to participate in a short-term study abroad experience. These are currently offered as summer programs in China, Hungary, and the United Kingdom/Ireland and are of 10-14 days duration. These programs are designated as Executive Travel Abroad and are designed specifically for graduate students.
The School of Business + Engineering enjoys partnership agreements with University College Dublin, Queen Mary University and the University of London in the United Kingdom; University College Cork in Ireland and ESC Rennes, France. This means that students can easily take business courses at these schools that will transfer back to Quinnipiac. As more schools around the world seek and achieve AACSB accreditation, they become eligible as institutions from which credit can be transferred directly to the School of Business + Engineering.
Students are not limited to these partner schools in selecting a destination for study abroad, and many other opportunities exist and can be identified through the Office of Multicultural and Global Education. However, these schools have been designated as partners of Quinnipiac's School of Business + Engineering. As such, they often provide special programming, opportunities to earn additional credits in specialized areas prior to formal enrollment as study abroad students and, in the case of University College Dublin, a specific adviser from Quinnipiac to work with students. All destinations selected by students for study abroad must be approved in advance by the Dean's Office in the School of Business + Engineering.
Students in Quinnipiac's School of Business + Engineering have traditionally had available to them extensive options with respect to corporate internships, and these now include those outside of the United States. Specifically, options currently exist in China and the United Kingdom, with other countries planned for inclusion in the near future. As with our education abroad programs, students may also independently identify international internship opportunities that may be pursued with appropriate approvals from advisers in the School of Business + Engineering. The current programs include arranging appropriate visas and living arrangements as well as optional language instruction in China.
Fees and travel costs for study abroad experiences vary considerably. Generally, students pay a program fee, and then also pay Quinnipiac for credit hours and other miscellaneous costs and fees. A visa processing fee runs approximately $85. Inclusions and exclusions vary by program.