Marshall LINC is the only U.S. program that focuses on exposing first-year business students to business practices outside the U.S.
Globalization has become an important force shaping businesses around the world. In an increasingly global world, it is critical that business professionals learn about globalization and international business practices. This course will provide an introduction to globalization and international business and familiarize you with the skills needed to be successful in conducting business across borders. The centerpiece of this course is a week-long field study trip to another country to learn about the business, economic, and cultural environment in that country. In addition to the experiential education during the international field study trip, the course will consist of a set of class sessions leading up to the trip, in which major themes related to international business and the business environment of the country you will visit will be discussed. The course will conclude with an integration of the lessons learned about international business from both the class sessions and the experiential education during the international field study trip. This course will provide a learning experience that will expand and broaden your cultural horizons and help you gain an appreciation for how business is conducted across national boundaries.
Program Learning Objectives
- To understand the impacts of globalization on business.
- To appreciate the challenges and opportunities of doing business internationally.
- To learn to assess the business environment in other countries, including business practices, economic and financial structures, institutions and institutional voids, political and regulatory systems, and cultural and social conditions.
- To develop an international business perspective by understanding the similarities and differences in the business environment across countries and how heterogeneity in the business environment across countries affects international business practices and strategies.
- To understand the ethical issues and corporate social responsibility issues that arise in conducting international and global business.
- To appreciate how to develop business strategies and make business decisions in the international and global context.
In the Spring semester (March and May trips), students admitted to the program will enroll in a two-unit course and spend 9 days overseas. During the course, they will learn about the culture, history, politics, as well as economic and business conditions in the country they will be visiting. Some students also have the chance to meet with their counterparts from a local university and they had opportunities to experience some prominent cultural venues in their respective countries.
Hong Kong is the quintessential modern city, full of energy and contrasts. Once a small fishing village, Hong Kong now boasts a population of over 7 million residents. This former British colony and world-manufacturing powerhouse has repositioned itself in the past decade as the financial gateway to China. Every major bank and investment firm has offices in Hong Kong, making it one of the economic capitals of the world.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is one of South America's premier business destinations. It has a modern business infrastructure and a strong economy. Some of the major local industries, which are continental leaders, are banking, telecommunications, chemical and automobile manufacturing. With its wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and varied culture and nightlife, Buenos Aires is the most European of all Latin American cities, and is reminiscent of Paris or Barcelona. With several new museums and a continuous agenda of cultural attractions and events, Buenos Aires is a 24-hour city, with much to see and do
Madrid, the capital city and financial business center of Spain, is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and liveliest cities in the world. The third largest city in the European Union, Madrid has thriving arts, entertainment, and sports scenes.
Spain was hit especially hard by the most recent global economic crisis, but for the past two years, it has experienced steady economic growth. Now that Spain's economy is back to its pre-crisis level, visiting the country provides a great opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience about how a country can survive an economic crisis and rebound. Spain's economy relies heavily on industry and the service sectors. Its key industries are textiles, automobiles, food processing, machinery, iron, steel, and tourism.
Presiding over the world`s third largest economy, Tokyo is the governmental, financial, and administrative center of Japan. Quick to embrace modern developments and fashions, Tokyo has continued to be at the forefront of trends and technology and remains the country`s most cosmopolitan city. Most major Japanese companies have their head office in Tokyo and for foreign companies, a presence in Japan generally means a presence in Tokyo.
Sydney is the financial and business capital of Australia, and the region. Originally a British colony, Sydney was built around Port Jackson and Sydney Harbor. The city is home to over 90 banks, over half of the top companies in Australia, and four of the top ten largest companies by revenue in the region. The 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2003 Rugby World Cup called Sydney home.
Santiago once considered a provincial city, is now the economic hub and the capital of Latin American commerce. Santiago is home to one of the fastest growing and most stable economies and governments in South America. The country has experienced consistent economic growth for the past decade and has recently seen a 155% increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The Chilean GDP has “slowed” to average yearly increases of 7% boasting the highest average in North and South America.
Budapest is the economic and political capital of a country, and one of the most exciting and historic cities in “eastern” Europe. Until 1989, Hungary was a “Soviet” satellite, and whose economy was centrally planned and government dominated. Hungary, like a number of the Eastern Bloc nations, has undergone unprecedented political and economic changes in the twenty years since the fall of communism. Transformations which continue today, as Hungary prepares for EU membership, and the now uncertain economic and political future of the region. It is an amazing opportunity for students to gain a first-hand view of the stories dominating the world today.
Helsinki, Finland / Stockholm, Sweden
Helsinki, the capital city of Finland and the birthplace of Angry Bird, is the world's northernmost metro area. As one of the most important commercial and political centers in Northern Europe, Helsinki is also one of the safest and best cities to live in the world.
Finland has been one of the best performing economies within the EU. Even though forestry, technology, electronics, and manufacturing are its main industries, it also fosters startups, especially in the information and communications technology, gaming, clean-technology, and bio-technology sectors.
Stockholm, Sweden's capital and the most populous Nordic city, combines both modern attractions and historic charm. It is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Royal Palace Drottningholm and the magical Skogskyrkogården. Stockholm also hosts the Nobel Prize ceremonies.
In 2016, Sweden was ranked the best country in the world in which to do business by Forbes. It has the most digitally connected economy in the world and is also widely recognized as one of the world's best start-up hubs. Apart from new start-ups such as Spotify, Skype, SoundCloud,and iZettle, other global companies such as IKEA, H&M, Electrolux, Ericsson, and Astra Zeneca also have their roots in Sweden.
For 2018, students will once again enroll in a 2-unit course, with the focus being emerging and expanding markets throughout the world, with students set to visit Madrid, Buenos Aires or Hong Kong in March or Santiago (Chile), Sydney (Australia), Budapest (Hungary), Tokyo or Helsinki in May. The March trips will take place during Spring Break (approximately March 10-18, 2018), and the May trips will take place after classes end for the spring semester (approximately May 11 or 12-20, 2018). Students will NOT miss any class time to take part in this program.
Please note: For safety students MUST arrive and depart with the group. Students may NOT plan their own schedules to and from the destinations. Students participating in one of the May trips do NOT have to return to Los Angeles at the end of the program. To do so they will need to complete a waiver form and submit it to the professor during the first week of the BUAD 104 class. Even though the student will NOT return to Los Angeles, this will NOT affect or reduce the price of the program.
Brief descriptions about each location are included above. You are also invited to read from students’ perspectives about their LINC experiences from past years:
To be considered for the program, students must be Marshall or Leventhal Majors, who are true freshmen, and must apply and be accepted to the program (see below for application information).
The cost of the travel portion of the program (airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and some meals) will be $3300. Program prices do NOT include costs for visa application, evening meals, international insurance, incidentals, residence hall extensions (May trips only) and personal expenses. Additional funds will be available in the form of need-based scholarships for those students who require additional financial support (we have increased the scholarship funds available from previous years).
Please note: For those of you who receive financial aid – If you will be participating in LInC during May, and receive need based financial aid (loans, grants, work-study) from USC and/or the State of California and/or the US federal Government, and plan on taking summer classes, make sure the summer school program you enroll in starts AFTER June 1 in order to ensure that you do not impact your financial aid for Spring 2018. Students receiving only merit-scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Dean, etc) and/or a LInC Scholarship are not subject to this restriction. More information will be provided in the LInC admission e-mails.
ALL Marshall/Leventhal students are eligible to apply for a scholarship, no matter their financial or visa status. The scholarship results will be revealed before you need to commit to the program, so simply applying to LInC does not mean you MUST participate.
Students interested in a scholarship will mark their desire on the LInC application. As part of the scholarship portion of the LInC application, students will be asked to upload a copy of either their Financial Aid Summary OR (for those who do NOT receive Financial Aid, including international students) a letter of financial need outlining their current financial situation as well as why they require the scholarship to participate in the program.
Those receiving financial Aid, you can access your Financial Aid Summary via MyUSC portal, under the Financial Aid tab, click on USC Fast, and then on Financial Aid Summary (to save a pdf version, click the printer icon on the right- near the top of the summary not the page-that will create a pdf which you can then save and upload). Those who do not receive financial aid or who receive very little (ie, small amount of loan funds, or maybe a small scholarship) can write a Letter of Financial Need instead. Letters should be as detailed as possible (your and/or your family’s financial situation-income, financial obligations, etc, if there have been any recent changes, and why the scholarship is necessary for you to participate in the program). Please note: the scholarship committee will review all financial claims, so please be prepared to verify financial information and submit tax and other documents IF requested.
Without the Financial Aid Statement or Letter of Financial Need, your scholarship application will be considered incomplete, so be sure you have that document ready to upload IF you will be applying for a scholarship.
All scholarship results will be revealed before you need to commit to the program. Scholarships will cover no more than 50% ($1675) of the program fee.
Applications for the 2018 LInC program will be due September 18th, 2017. Admission is not on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to take your time in completing the application.
You will be asked to answer 2 essays- which you will upload as 2 separate documents:
- Why do you believe you are prepared to participate in this program? (500 words max.)
- What challenges do you expect to encounter during your time overseas? (500 words max.)
In addition to the essays, you will need to upload an electronic version of your resume. Please make sure your resume is in the USC Marshall Template. We have several examples demonstrating the conventions of a strong resume. This link includes a compilation of resume examples, and please remember to keep the following points in mind:
Content: articulate your experiences strongly in your bullet points: qualify, quantify, and identify key achievements where possible.
Cleanliness and consistency: you must be consistent with your formatting throughout your resume (alignments, font style, font size, etc.) and your resume must be clear of spelling and grammatical errors.
And do not forget the scholarship documents (see above) if you will be applying for a scholarship.
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