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01/02/2015 - 01/25/2015
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Extended to: 11/15/2014
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3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

What’s the best way to gain an understanding of how culture impacts the business environment? Study it in two cultural and business centers: Seville and Rabat! This winter, spend two weeks in the capital of Andalusia, then travel to Morocco’s second largest city for a week. Besides gaining real-world business experience, you’ll improve your cultural effectiveness through international activities, develop awareness of the impact of national cultures on business, and discover your own cultural preferences in the process.

Study abroad in Seville and Rabat and you’ll::

  • 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 you 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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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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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 the concept of management from an international and intercultural perspective. You’ll learn the importance of taking cultural aspects into account when making important managerial decisions. Special emphasis will placed on different cultural theories, protocol, ethics, and international negotiations.

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Excursions and Cultural Activities

See how businesses run in the real world by visiting prominent local and international companies and talking with international business leaders. You might tour Atlas Bottling Company, the Coca-Cola bottling plant of Tangier; visit Ines Rosales, a leading company in the food industry that has a large presence in Spain; and take a trip to Worldwide Payment Systems, which processes and manages payments and information between hotels and travel agencies worldwide. Plus, you’ll visit sites of cultural and historical importance like the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain and the old medina in the city of Tangier in Morocco.

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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 2015 (3 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2014
01/02/2015
01/25/2015
$3,850

Program Date Notes

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 **
$2,337
Housing ***
$1,100
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,900
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; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket

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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

Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region, is a unique city that manages to preserve its past while offering all the conveniences of a modern commercial hub. It’s the birthplace of the great Renaissance painter Velazquez and the city from which Ferdinand and Isabella ruled Spain in the late 15th century. Don Juan supposedly started in Seville on his quest to conquer the hearts of women all over Europe! 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. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers

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 DeRosa 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 longtime 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.

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.

-- Madiha DeRosa, Resident Director

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Jaime Ramirez

Center Director

Jaime Ramírez, a native Sevillian, earned his bachelor's degree from the Universidad de Seville in business administration and MBA. at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo. Jaime participated in CIEE´s Internship USA, working for four 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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Estudiar en España te permitirá disfrutar de una experiencia personal, profesional y cultural que nunca olvidarás. Al conocer España, su idioma y su cultura desarrollarás una nueva perspectiva y un nuevo punto de vista sobre tu propio país. Esta nueva perspectiva te beneficiará a lo largo de tu carrera profesional. Nosotros estamos aquí para facilitar tu integración e introducirte a conceptos de negocios y economía en España. No te será difícil integrarte ya que los sevillanos son amables y abiertos. Con el programa de Business & Society, podrás diseñar tu propia experiencia, mediante una combinación de cursos de empresariales de CIEE, cursos universitarios, programa de Intercambios y programa de prácticas en empresas.

— Jamie Ramírez, Center Director

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Oumaima Farik

Program Assistant

Oumaima Farik started off as a CIEE Rabat Language and Culture Peer in 2012 and in June 2013 became a Program Assistant. Oumaima received her BA in French Studies with a focus on Cultural Studies in 2012 through the School of Education Sciences at University Mohamed V- Rabat. She is a currently a Master’s degree candidate in Pedagogy of Cultural Mediation. Oumaima was formerly VP of a Global Community Development program, AISEC, where she developed contacts with people coming from all over the world. She has a strong interest in intercultural mediation and cultural diversity.

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Sarah Robyn

Program Assistant

Sarah caught the travel bug at a young age. Travelling extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Mongolia, the Middle East, and South East Asia, its hard to picture her life back at home in the US. After graduating Temple University with at BA in Political Science, and studying abroad in Amman, Jordan, she joined the Peace Corps as a rural health educator in the Fes-Boulmane region of Morocco. After her service of over two years she chose to stay in Morocco within the field of study abroad and share her love of Arabic, Tamazight, and Moroccan culture with others.

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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 Sevillian palace built in 1725. It is centrally located, close to the Puerta de la Carne, and is a 10-minute walk from the main Universidad de Seville building (Tabacalera). Housed in the CIEE Study Center are classrooms, a computer room, student services, and administration. CIEE professors also have offices in the Study Center, so that students may speak with them privately about issues related to their progress in class.

CIEE Study Center in Rabat

All courses are held at the CIEE Study Center.

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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 before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and 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 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 students’ 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.

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

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 firsthand 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.

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

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 Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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Course Syllabus / CIEE Study Center, Seville, Spain

International Business Culture
Language of Instruction: English

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. Through lectures, classes at locations relevant to the coursework, reading, and active student participation, students will learn the importance of taking cultural aspects into account when making 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. Prerequisites: none, but course is designed for students majoring/minoring in business or a related discipline. Recommended credit: 3. Contact hours: 45.

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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