The Marshall School of Business will be leading a group of undergraduate students to meet with business leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs in London, England.
London is one of the major financial centers in the world, and is the economic and political capital of the UK, and until summer 2016, some could say the capital of business in the EU. With the "Brexit" vote in June 2016, London's place as the financial capital or the EU, as well as one of the financial centers of the world, may have come to an end. Or has it?
Still a major economic center, the impact of "Brexit" is still unclear as the formal departure does not take place until March 2019. Our hope is to speak to individuals about the changes which have occurred (if any) and the anticipated challenges facing the UK economy. We will meet with individuals across a spectrum of industries- big and small companies, in an attempt to gauge the impact and challenges facing the UK.
The trip will take place from March 9-18, 2018 (the flight departs Friday night March 9). As with past ExCEL programs, we will visit with companies across various sectors in order to gain a better understanding of the London economy.
What do we do on the Program?
The Goal of the program is to help introduce students to the business, economic and cultural realities through 3 pre-trip sessions, as well as visits (in country) with local business leaders and political figures. Each day we will meet with 2-4 companies to discuss find out who they are, what they do, and their views on the advantages and challenges facing them and the economy as a whole.
You can view sample schedules from previous years (Berlin 2016 Schedule and Hong Kong 2016 Schedule). We visit with a wide-variety of companies in different industries to attempt to gain a vision of the dynamic economy (or within a single industry as with Hong Kong 2016 and the Fashion/Entertainment industry).
We also will plan 1-2 cultural tours, as well as provide students with free time to explore London.
The cost of the program is $3800, this includes round-trip airfare on Virgin Atlantic airways, hotel accommodation (we will be staying in central London at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel), airport transfers, breakfasts, lunches during visit days, optional cultural tour, and bus transportation and guide for the week. It does NOT include personal expenses, dinners or any possible visa expenses. (The program costs will be fee-billed to the students’ USC account for convenience.)
Unfortunately there are NO scholarships available for this program from USC Marshall.
The program is open to undergraduate USC undergraduate students, who will have completed 36 collegiate units (this includes USC and/or transfer credits. This does NOT include AP/IB credits. All students must have completed at least 1 year of college level coursework.) by November 1, 2017. All applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA. There is no language requirement.
Please complete the online application by 5:00 PM on November 29, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.