International Business in Sydney

COVID-19 Announcement:

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and our continued commitment to health and safety, the International Business in Sydney program was cancelled for winter 2020. A decision has not been made about winter 2021 and we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming months before making a decision. Tippie will continue to offer global programs in a remote, virtual format. They are entirely virtual and are approved to count for Tippie RISE. 

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Program Highlights

Gain a deeper understanding of international business in Sydney, Australia. Focus on global business in the Asia Pacific region through company presentations, tours, cultural activities, and a course led by Dr. Nigel Bairstow of the University of Technology, Sydney. 

  • 11 days in Sydney, Australia over winter break (Australian summer)
  • Experience a dynamic, global class with a local professor
  • Learn from business executives through company presentations and visits
  • Earn credit toward marketing major or international global issues gen ed
  • Fulfill a portion of the International Business Certificate
  • Enjoy a cultural excursion day and free days to explore Australia
  • Network with business students from other universities
  • Scholarships available


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International Business in Asia Pacific (3 s.h.)

Gain a deeper understanding of international business in Asia Pacific and the management issues confronting small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and multi-national enterprises (MNEs) in the Asia Pacific Region. The course and company presentations provide practical guidance on how to develop and sustain a competitive advantage in the Asia Pacific Region. Learn about the rise of ASEAN, the challenges and opportunities for trade growth, and collaboration within this fast growing and dynamic region

Each year, company briefings will change. Previous briefings have included companies like DHL Oceania, Google Australia, National Australia Bank, Foxtel, DCC Law Firm,, Minomic, Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Australia, The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, 3M Australia/New Zealand, Honeywell Australia and AT&T Australia.

Course credit satisfies Tippie RISE and also counts in the following ways:

  • Pick one: International Marketing or International Global Issues (general education)
  • Pick one: For the International Business Certificate: International Business Section or Study Abroad Section
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Important Dates and Application

In past years, the program dates have been late- December - mid- January. Travel typically takes place around New Years Eve, and students are in Australia for 11 days. 

Due to COVID-19, this winter program will not be offered. Details about Winter Break 2021-2022 will be released in Summer 2021. 

To stay up to date, email to be added to the email update list. Details will be shared through the summer via email.

Program fees

The typical program fee is expected to be $3,500 - $3,800. Cost estimates can be found here

What's included in the program fee:

  • 3 semester hours of tuition
  • Company speakers
  • Shared accommodation including Wi-Fi
  • Daily breakfast supplies at accommodation
  • Lunches on class days
  • Welcome dinner
  • Cultural day trip and city tour
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport
  • Ground transportation to all course events
  • 24/7 staff support from Global Academic Ventures
  • UI study abroad administrative fee
  • Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI insurance

What's not included in the program fee:

  • Round-trip airfare ($1,500 - $2,500)
  • Meals not listed in the program fee
  • Personal expenses and travel
  • $50 application fee charged to U-Bill at time of application
  • Visa fee (~$20)

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.

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To have the best possible experience, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA: 2.75 UI and cumulative
  • Sophomore+ standing
  • Minimum 30 s.h. completed prior to program
  • Academic Prerequisites: MGMT:2100 or approval of program director
  • Ability to obtain required visa

If you have questions regarding eligibility requirements, contact the program director prior to submitting an application. 

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How do I learn more?

To stay up to date, email to be added to the email update list. Details about information sessions will be shared via email.