Short-term Programs

Short-term faculty-led programs sponsored by Gies College of Business are typically reserved for Gies undergraduates only, unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in leading a faculty-led study abroad program, click on the "FACULTY & STAFF" tab above.

January 2023: Manchester, England

BADM 395: Evaluating Energy Sources of the Future Through a Professional Responsibility Lens: A Colombia Case Study (course is only available with instructor approval)

This study abroad course will begin on Fridays during fall semester. Meeting times will vary depending on scheduled field trips and presenters’ availability. Due to the number and locations of the site visits, approximately five Fridays will be full days, mostly in September. The remaining sessions will be held for two hours on Fridays, tentatively from 10:00 a.m.-noon. Instruction will be held at the UIUC Research Park.

Site visits during fall semester tentatively include an oil refinery, wind and solar farms, farm fields specializing in biofuel crops, vehicle fleet powered by hydrogen fuel, an oil trading operation, and other demonstrations of renewable energy sources in the Midwest.

From January 1-10, 2023 (tentatively), students will visit the University of Manchester, U.K. The quality and scale of Manchester’s impact against the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been ranked first in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. Site visits to see renewable energy innovations in the U.K. are planned, and partnerships with Manchester students also may be possible

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See below for examples of past trips.

Winter Break

  • South Africa Johannesberg and Cape Town - for Gies students affiliated with the Enrichment Academy and Emerging Business Leaders programs. (Qualifying Gies students are limited to participation in two EA trips).
  • Israel Tel Aviv and Jerusalem - An introduction to social innovation and entrepreneurship in Israel.
  • New Zealand Auckland (and Queenstown) - Doing business in New Zealand (and more!).
  • Brazil Sao Paulo - T&M Case Competition. By invitation only through the T&M Program.

Other program options available to Gies undergrads during Winter Break...

  • India Chennai and New Delhi - International Business Immersion Program (IBIP) is administered through ACES, but open to Gies students.
  • Ecuador Quito - Open to Gies students, this ACES sponsored program will focus on the chocolate food system in Ecuador. Yes, I said "CHOCOLATE".

Spring Break

  • Italy Rome - Experience the business and culture of food.
  • Israel Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem - Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership goes on a Startup Nation Workshop.
  • Brazil/Argentina Sao Paulo, Rio Buenos Aries - Reserved for Gies Business Honors.
  • Japan Toyko, Osaka - Reserved for Gies Business James Scholars.
  • Israel Tel Aviv, Be'er Shiva, Jerusalem - Reserved for Gies Business James Scholars.
  • India New Delhi, ACES IBIP program (International Business Immersion Program. Open to Gies!

Summer Break

  • UK/France London, Paris - Open to all Gies undergrads. International Business Experience with Prof Hayden Noel.
  • Spain Madrid, Bilbao - Open to all Gies undergrads. Cross-Cultural Intelligence for Business People with Dr. Candace Martinez.
  • France/Belgium Paris, Brussels - Open to all Gies undergrads at Professor Winter's descretion. Professional Responsibility with Dr. Gretchen Winter.
  • Austria Vienna - Open to all Gies undergrads at Professor Mark Wolters' discretion. Social Media Marketing with Dr. Mark Wolters.
  • China Beijing, Shanghai - Reserved for T&M students and lead by John Quarton.