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Winter Session in London

2014-2015 Program Dates:

Depart U.S.: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Arrive in London: Monday, December 29, 2014
Depart London: Saturday, January 10, 2015

Information Sessions

Wednesday, August 27, 11:30-12:15 p.m. , S104 PBB
Thursday, August 28, 4:30-5:15 p.m., S104 PBB
Friday, August 29, 10:30-11:15 p.m. , S104 PBB
Tuesday, September 2, 12:00-12:45 p.m., S104 PBB
Wednesday, September 3, 11:30-12:15 p.m.,  C106 PBB
Monday, September 8, 4:00-4:45 p.m., S104 PBB
Tuesday, September 9, 12:15-1:00 p.m., S104 PBB

Courses

ABRD:3025 0001/165:854 0001 Undergrad International Business Abroad aka (FIN:4340 Wealth Management) (Professor Todd Houge)
Prerequisite: FIN:3000 Introduction to Financial Management; 2.75 UI and CUM GPA or consent of director.

Description: This course provides an introductory exploration into client wealth management admist the backdrop of one of the oldest financial centers in the world, London, England.  While this subject necessitates some discussion of investment theory, the topics will be approached from a "how-to"perspective, as students will have an opportunity to analyze a live client portfolio.  The goal is to facilitate the exploration of and preparation for a possible career in the wealth management profession.   Students should leave the course less intimidated about making personal investment decisions and more knowledgeable of building a diversified portfolio.  The class will also examine common behavior biases that often lead to investment pitfalls or mistakes.

Course topics include:  wealth management, goals and objectives; developing a retirement savings program; portfolio risk versus reward; asset allocation (stocks, bonds, real estate, international, etc.); asset correlation and portfolio diversification; active vs. passive management; investment vehicles (mutual funds, ETFs, etc.); tax shield structures and retirement planning (IRAs, 401k, 403b, 529 plans, etc.); wealth protection, insurance and contingency planning; the cost of professional asset management; behavioral finance and the psychology of investing; common investment pitfalls.  Field trips and guest speakers from a variety of London-based financial institutions will supplement class discussions.

Registration Information: Students must register under the course number ABRD:3025 0001/165:854  through the Study Abroad Program.  The ABRD registration will be converted to FIN:4340 upon completion of the program.  For more information about registering, contact the Study Abroad Office, 1111 UCC.

ABRD:3025 0002/165:854 002 Undergrad International Business Abroad aka (MGMT:4000: Topics in Management: Personal Ethics in Global Business (Professor Ernest O'Boyle)
Prerequisite: MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management; 2.75 UI and CUM GPA or consent of director.

Description:  The dawn of the new millennium has witnessed a spate of ethical scandals that has rocked the business world. Booms and busts in key economic sectors, increased globalization, employee privacy, and corporate governance have left many questioning whether past models of ethical decision making can ever incorporate the lightning fast pace and interconnectedness of the modern business world. London, England personifies this duality between the ideals and philosophies of the Old World and the realities of modernity. We will use this setting to understand how personal ethics and business interact to affect the our beliefs, norms, and behaviors toward fair competition, employee rights, and the interface between business and government. The class builds naturally on students' other academic subjects, such as psychology, sociology, management, marketing, and economics, to demonstrate how ethics underpins much of our global business community. As an applied class, the purposes are to (a) expose students to a variety of ethical perspectives, (b) prepare students for likely encounters in a globalized environment, (c) equip students for how to respond to ethically ambiguous situations, and (d) how to best align their personal ethical beliefs with the goals and needs of the organizations and communities they serve.

Field trips and guest speakers from a variety of London-based organizations will supplement class discussions.

Registration Information: Students must register under the course number ABRD:3025 0002/165:854 002 through the Study Abroad Program.  The ABRD registration will be converted to MGMT:4000 upon completion of the program.  For more information about registering, contact the Study Abroad Office, 1111 UCC.

Applications

The online application is now open.

Applications will be reviewed weekly beginning in mid-August.

Enrollment Targets

Enrollments must meet at least 25 students in order for the course to be offered. No more than 31 students can be accommodated in each course.

Program Fee

The program fee is expected to be $2,900-$3,000.

What's Included:
The fee for the two-week experience includes a 3 s.h. course, cultural events that tentatively include a welcome dinner, a half-day coach tour of London, a tour of St. Paul's Cathedral or an historic site, a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath, a theater performance, company or site visits and speakers, a travel pass for unlimited travel in central London (buses and subway), on-site orientation and support in London, 24/7 access to a computer lab in the classroom facility, and housing in shared flats in central London with cooking and free laundry facilities.

What's Not Included:
Round trip airfare overseas, meals, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. The estimate for these expenses is approximately $2,200 depending on cost of airfare.

A special note to international students

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter’s study abroad program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency’s website to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS), 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Purchasing Airline Tickets

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, students will be informed about whether there is sufficient interest to offer the trip. Directions about purchasing tickets will be shared at that time.

Scholarships/Grants

UI Study Abroad offers a limited number of need-based grants and merit-based scholarships for undergraduates.

For more information:

Contact Matt Edwards or Shari Piekarski or call the Undergraduate Program Office at 319-335-1037.