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11/01/2013
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

The International Business program in Seville and Rabat gives you an opportunity to enjoy a short-term study experience abroad. You'll spend approximately two weeks studying in Seville, Spain and one-and-a-half weeks in Rabat, Morocco.

With crumbling trade barriers and proliferation of technology facilitating business across national borders, future managers need to understand the cultural challenges related to this dynamic international business setting.

By introducing you to international business culture “in situ,” this program will help you understand the most significant cultural dimensions of the international business environment. With study abroad in Seville and Rabat, you’ll work to improve you cultural effectiveness in international activities, making you more aware of the impact of national cultures on business and on your own cultural preferences.

Study abroad in Seville and Rabat and you will:

  • Develop a cross-cultural approach to communication management and learn about Spanish, European, Moroccan, Arab and African management communication styles
  • Acquire new intercultural communication competence skills that will help them better adapt to international organizational environment
  • Understand the influence of local culture on management communication in Spanish and Moroccan Organizations
  • Identify and evaluate the impact of globalization on organizational communication in Spain and Morocco
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Study business in a truly international setting. During your time in both Europe and Africa, you’ll address concept of management from an international and intercultural perspective. You’ll learn the importance of taking cultural aspects into account when taking important managerial decisions with special emphasis will placed on different cultural theories, protocol, ethics and international negotiations.

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Excursions and Cultural Activities

Several cultural activities are planned throughout the session in both Seville and Rabat. You will also visit Spanish and Moroccan businesses to put theory of the class into practice.

Other activities are designed to bring American and Spanish/Moroccan university students together in order to enhance your intercultural learning. These activities may include taking cultural tours and hikes, going to the movies and soccer games, seminars and debates on topics related to either current events or those addressed in the class syllabus.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

This program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Winter 2014 (3 wks)
11/01/2013
01/02/2014
01/25/2014
$3,850

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Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,298
Housing ***
$1,150
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all Meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$70
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$450

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Winter 2015 (3 wks)
11/01/2014
01/02/2015
01/25/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • The program is ideal for majors or minors in business and intercultural communication.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Recommended credit is 3.0 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participating in this study abroad program will be required to take the CIEE course: International Business Culture.

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About the City

About The City

About Seville

Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious Barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.

About Rabat

Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second largest city, has a population of 3,000,000. Rabat hosts Morocco’s most prestigious universities, as well as many international governmental and non-governmental institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank. The city offers a combination of modern and traditional, and provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience its culture through art exhibits, music, and theater. Central Rabat has a modern infrastructure with large office buildings, palm tree-lined boulevards, cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Madiha DeRosa

Resident Director

Bicultural and multilingual, Madiha has worked with both American and Moroccan university student and faculty groups. She brings a strong background in student services, teaching, and intercultural project coordination to her position as resident director. Madiha received her master’s degree in international education and development from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University.

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A long-time symbol of tolerance, Morocco established a precedence of openness and cooperation to the Western world when it became the first country to recognize the United States in 1777. As a strategic gateway between Europe, Africa, and the Arab world, Morocco has a rich identity forged by a complicated history of cross-cultural interactions. The result is a multicultural and multilingual society full of contrasts and harmony. These differences and harmonies are highlighted throughout the program and lie at the heart of the student experience. Through cultural excursions to places such as the Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, and Atlantic and Mediterranean coast, students are also exposed to Morocco’s geographical diversity, experiencing firsthand how the locals make use of the landscape in their everyday lives

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Morocco is continually looking for ways to preserve its traditions while acclimatizing to the rapid growth and progress that the nation is experiencing. Students find themselves at the center of these dynamic forces as Morocco aspires to become a model and leader for the other countries in its region. Our program not only provides a multitude of opportunities for the exploration and the discovery of these issues but it also offers the perfect setting by which students can reflect upon the diversity that they encounter at every turn

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-- Madiha DeRosa, Resident Director

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Jaime Ramirez

Jaime Ramírez is the Center Director for the CIEE Study Center in Seville. A native sevillano, he earned his B.A. from the Universidad de Sevilla in Business Administration and M.B.A. at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo. Jaime participated in CIEE´s Internship USA, working for 4 months at the CIEE headquarters in Portland, Maine. He has also participated in several professional development staff exchanges with Georgetown University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jaime has been with CIEE since 2004 and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Work and Organizational Psychology.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Study Center in Seville, Spain

The CIEE Study Center is located in a beautifully renovated Sevillano palace built in 1725. It is centrally located close to the Puerta de la Carne and about 10 minutes by foot from the main Universidad de Sevilla building (the Tabacalera). CIEE student services, computer room, and CIEE administration are housed here. In addition, CIEE professors have offices in the CIEE Study Center, so that students may speak with them privately about issues related to their progress in class.

CIEE Study Center in Rabat

All CIEE courses are held at the Qalam wa Lawh Arabic Language Center (Qalam Center). The Qalam Center provides programs for the study of Arabic as a Foreign Language to students from around the world. It is conveniently located in Rabat’s prestigious neighborhood of Souissi within minutes from downtown. The campus features 12 large, air-conditioned classrooms, an on-site cafeteria serving Moroccan dishes, a library, and a large garden open space for study and relaxation.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students live in Spanish/Moroccan homes where all meals are provided in addition to weekly laundry services. All homestays are conveniently located to provide easy access to CIEE Study Center in both Seville and Rabat. However, given the size of these two cities, students may either walk or take public transportation to class and cultural activities. All homestays have internet access.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in (location) even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A three-day intensive orientation, conducted at the beginning of the program, introduces students to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Spain and, in particular, Seville. Topics include safety; Spanish culture; and cultural adaptation.

Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing, with ongoing support provided on an individual and group basis throughout the session.

A special orientation will take place prior to departure to Rabat, Morocco and on site as well, to help study abroad students learn about their new host city.

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Internet

Internet

CIEE students can use the computer room at the CIEE Study Centers. Homestays also have Internet access. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

The January study abroad term is designed to last for 3.5 weeks. The course meets daily, Monday through Friday, for three hours. The Academic calendar includes dates for academic and cultural excursions which complement class lectures.These hands-on learning experiences contribute greatly to the student’s experience abroad. Instruction is interactive and dynamic. Many lectures take place in situ, so that the student can feel a part of the fascinating culture they are studying. Students will spend approximately two weeks in Seville, Spain and one and a half weeks in Rabat, Morocco.

Several components of the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Seville/Rabat intercultural development course will be included throughout the session. These exercises are designed to improve student's intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Spaniards/Moroccans are different from and similar to themselves and others. Students will have opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of other countries.

Academic Culture

CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Study Center, and they are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. There are rarely more than 15 students per classroom. All classes meet Monday through Friday. Academic and cultural activities will be planned every day, morning and afternoon.

Nature of Classes

The course is for CIEE study abroad students only.

Language Environment

Although language is not one of the subject areas of this program and there is no language requirement, resident staff will encourage students with working knowledge of Spanish, French and Arabic to use their language skills in everyday settings.

Grading System

In CIEE courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, exams, papers, oral presentations and studio projects. Grades are given on a 10-point scale and converted to the U.S. grading scale.

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Description

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Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

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Course Syllabus / CIEE Study Center, Seville, Spain

International Business Culture
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended credit: 3
Contact hours: 45

Overview
This class is designed for Business and Communication majors with an interest in working in an international setting. The goal of the class is to provide an introduction to the primary concepts of management in an international and intercultural perspective. Students will learn the importance of taking cultural aspects into account when taking important managerial decisions. Throughout the class, students will understand the importance of how one´s own cultural perspective affects perceptions and reality in the world of international business. Special emphasis will be placed on different cultural theories, protocol, ethics and international negotiations.

Course Prerequisites
Although there are no specific prerequisites for this course, it has been designed for students majoring/minoring in business or related disciplines.

Methods of Instruction
The course is structured in both lectures and on-site classes. Lecture classes will be conducted by the professor but students are expected to participate. The on-site classes are field studies to places relevant to the course content.

Course Requirements

Participation
Students will be required to participate in at least two team presentations of the case studies/articles as part of their participation grade. Students are also expected to actively contribute to the class discussion based on the readings.

Field Study Papers
During the session, students will write two short field study papers (5 pages double spaced) based on visits to Spanish, Moroccan and International companies functioning in Spain and Morocco. Students will work in pairs. These two field studies are intended to give you first-hand information regarding the managerial styles and challenges of (a) Spanish/Moroccan businesses and (b) international business in Seville or Rabat.

Prior to each visit, students will receive a list of questions or issues related to the companies. Students will select the area they wish to focus on and on the due date will be expected to share the research results in small group discussions.

Exams
Given the concentrated nature of the January term, students will have two take home exams focusing on specific concepts, theories and case studies.

Assessment and Final Grade
Midterm exam 25% Final exam: 30% Field Study Papers 25% Class participation 20%

Attendance

Seville and Rabat Study Center Attendance Policy for all CIEE classes:
Students are not permitted to miss class for unjustified reasons. If you miss more than one class and /or required activities without a valid excuse, the professor will automatically lower your final grade by one-half point (on a 10-point scale). Additional unexcused absences will result in further half point reductions in the final grade.

Students arriving more than ten minutes late to the class will be considered absent for a day.

In the case of illness, the student should speak to the professor to design a plan for making up missed material. In order to justify an absence, the professor will require a written justification from the Program Director.

Course contents

Introduction
1.- International Business Culture. Definition. Relationship with strategy
2.- Goals of the internationalization process
3.- Reasons for the increase in international trade.
4.- Differences in national/international negotiations.
5.- Profile of the International Negotiator.

Behavioral analysis
1.- The nation as geographical environment for developing cultures.
2.- Group affiliations and influence in the international Business culture.
3.- Culture dimensions in negotiations (Hofstede).
4.- Trompenaars culture dimensions.
5.- Culture metaphores. (Ganon)

Communication
1.- Culture elements.
2.- Identification of cultures of high/low context.
3.- Verbal Communications.
4.- Importance of the non-verbal Communications.
5. Differences by geographical regions.

Ethics in International Business Negotiations.
1.- Ethics: Universalisms and relativisms.
2.- Ethical conflicts.
3.- Ethic Intercultural conflict resolutions.
4.- Convergence and divergence

International Protocol.
1.- Importance and differences on protocol in each geographical area.
2.- Analysis of some key elements of protocol: Name, titles, presentations and introductions, business cards, table manners, tips, colours and shapes, gifts, etc.

Negotiation Process.
1.- Phases of the Negotiation Process.
2.- Peculiarities in different geographical regions.

Negotiation Styles in different geographical areas.
1.- Strategies for different cultures: policentrism, etnocentrism, geocentrism.
2.- Use of time in personal/professional relationships
3.- Communications patters, agreements and decision making processes.
4. -Differences by geographical areas: Spain and Europe; Morocco and Arab world/Africa.

REQUIRED READING:
Adler, Nancy J. (2002). International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. Canada: South-Western Thomson Learning pp. 16-35, and pp.81-93.
Bartlett, Christopher A. and J. O'Connell (1998). Lincoln Electric:Venturing Abroad. Harvard Business School, April: 9-398-095.
Cheng, Cliff (1996). A comparison of the modernistic Toyota model of greenfield start-ups with a premodern Chinese family business transplanted to the USA. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 9 (3):18-30.
Collins, James and Jerry I. Porras (1997). Cult-Like Cultures. In Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies: pp. 115-139. New York: Harper Business.
D’Andrea, G. and D. Arnold (2003). Zara. Harvard Business School, March: 9-503-550.
Frederick W.R. and de la Fuente Rodriguez A (1994). A Spanish Acquisition in Eastern Germany: Culture Shock. Journal of Management Development, 13 (2): 42-48.
Ghemawat, Pankaj (2003). The Forgotten Strategy. Harvard Business Review, Nov., 81 (11): 76-84.
Graham John L. and Lam, Mark L. (2003). The Chinese Negotiation. Harvard Business Review, October 2003: pp. 1-9.
Hofstede, Geert (1993). Cultural Constraints in Management Theories. Academy of Management Executive, 7(1): pp. 81-94.
Holden, Nigel J. (2002) Cross-Cultural Management: A Knowledge Management Perspective. London: Prentice Hall, pp. 159-181.
Jacob, Nina (2003). Intercultural Management. London and Sterling VA: Kogan Page Ltd, pp. 107-117.
Kou, Julia and Spar, Debora (1994). Being There: Sony Corporation and Columbia Pictures. Harvard Business School: 9-795-025.
Loveman, Gary, and Schlesinger, Leonard A. and Anthony, Robert T (1993). Euro Disney: The First 100 Days. Harvard Business School: 9-693-013.
Peterson, Brooks (2004). Cultural Intelligence. Yarmouth, ME p. 33.
Porter, Michael (1990). The Competitive Advantage of Nations. Harvard Business Review. March-April: 73-93.
Roger, M, and Grol, P. and Schoch, C (1998). IKEA: Culture as Competitive Advantage. CPA, Paris Chamber of Commerce.
Schneider, Susan and Jean-Louis Barsoux (2002). Managing Across Cultures. Second Edition. London: Prentice Hall.
Spar, Deborah (1999). Toys "R" Us Japan. Harvard Business School, February: 9-796-077.
Spar, Deborah (2002). Hitting the Wall: Nike and International Labor Practices. Harvard Business School: 9-700-047.
Storti, Craign (1994).. Cross-Cultural Dialogues: 74 Brief Encounters with Cultural Difference, Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press. (in class analysis of dialogues).
Trompenaars, Fons, and Hampden-Turner, Charles(1998). Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business, 2d ed., New York: McGraw-Hill
Wattley-Ames, Helen (1999). Spain is Different 2nd ed., Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, pp. 83-107.
Wesley, David T.A., and Athanassiou, Nicholas and Lane, Henry W., and McNett, Jeanne M. (2002). Blue Ridge Spain. Richard Ivey School of Business: Ref. 9B02M003

Specific Bibliography on Morocco/Northern Africa
Cohen, Shana & Larabi Jaidi. (2006) Morocco Globalization and its Consequences, Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
York, Jillian York (2006), Morocco: A Quick Guide to customs and etiquette, Kuperard.
Elashmawi, Farid. (2001) Competing Globally, Mastering Multicultural Management and Negotiation, MA: Butterworth Heinemann Publications.
Wallace, V. Schmidt, Roger, Connaway, Susan S. Easton, William J. Wardrope. (2007) Communicating Globally: Intercultural Communication and International Business, California: Sage Publications, Inc.
Jackson, Terence. (2004) Management and change in Africa: A cross cultural perspective, NY: Routledge.
Abbas, Ali. (2009) Business and management Environment in Saudi Arabia: challenges and opportunities for multinational corporations. NY: Routledge.
Silverthorne, Colin P. (2005) Organizational Psychology in Cross-cultural Perspective. NY: New York University Press.
Ugwuegbu, Denis C. (July 30, 2001) The Psychology of Management in African Organizations, Westport, CT: Praeger.
Barrett, Mary, Marilyn J. Davidson. (2006) Gender and Communication at Work. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company.
Jackson, Terence. Ed. (2004) Management and Change in Africa: A Cross Cultural Perspective. NY: Routledge.
Hutchings, Kate, Kavoos Mohannak. Eds. (2007) Knowledge Management in Developing Economies: A Cross-cultural and Institutional Approach. Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.

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