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International Business Travel Study, Europe in Germany, Austria, and Italy


Note (3/10/2020)

We are very sorry to announce that we anticipate all Summer 2020 Study Abroad related travel to be canceled. See the full announcement for details. For more updates in regard to the COVID-19 incident, please visit the CSUSM Incident Response page.

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"I would highly recommend any business student to attend this travel study business is able to get out of his or her comfort zone and not only learn about some of the companies and landmarks located in these countries, but is able to appreciate other cultures as well."  ~Sarai Ramirez, 2016

Program Highlights:

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of central Europe while touring world-renowned companies (e.g., Mercedes- Benz, BMW, Bosch, HP Enterprise), hearing lectures on European economics and business culture at European universities, and visiting important cultural and historical sites (e.g., Berlin Wall, Dachau).  Students will be guided by Professor Ben Cherry as he invites them to explore the joy of traveling Europe, hearing new languages, discovering new business opportunities, and uncovering the wonder of different cultures and people.       

Academic Focus: 

Global Business Management 440C:  International Business Travel Study, Europe

Proposed Study Tour (set tours and itineraries subject to change):

Munich, Germany:

  • BMW Auto Manufacturing Plant & Digitalization Tour
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers Tour & Presentation
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
  • City Walking Tour

Innsbruck, Austria:

  • City Walking Tour
  • GE Jenbacher Manufacturing & Automation Tour
  • Black Diamond Europe
  • GRASSMAYR Bell Foundry & Bell Museum
  • Congress and Messe Innsbruck Marketplace Visit

Vahrn, Brixen, Bozen, Italy:

  • Loacker Tenute Biodynamic Vineyard
  • Company Tour in Brixen
  • South Tyrol Museum of Archaelogy
  • South Tyrolean Apple Production Tour, MELIX
  • Seiser Alm in the Dolomites

Tubingen/Stuttgart, Germany:

  • Mercedes-Benz Auto Manufacturing Plant Tour
  • Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Corporate Visit
  • University of Tubingen Campus Visit & Guest Lecture (Tentative)
Bozen Vineyard

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  • Class level:  Upper-division standing or prior approval by professor
  • Completion of Pre-Business Core or prior approval by professor
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; good academic standing prior to departure


4 units of upper division Business elective units applicable to nearly all CoBA options


Shared rooms in clean, high quality, 2-, 3-, and 4-star hotels throughout the countries visited

Estimated Cost:

TBD + Extended Learning Fees, estimated at $1,064

Program fees include transportation in country, accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, excursions, and medical insurance.  Airfare and personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost.  Tuition fees for GBM 440C are run through Extended Learning, and should average around $1,064, billed directly to myCSUSM student accounts.

*Program fees will drop if enrollment exceeds 19 students and/or depending upon currency fluctuation.

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How to Apply:

  1. Attend an information session by Faculty Leader, Ben Cherry.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below.   All application materials must be received to Global Education, ELB 588, by noon December 14, along with your $300 non-refundable depositSpace is limited!  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.65% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
  3. A second payment of $700 is due by noon February 1 to the Office of Global Education.  CashNet payment is preferred as outlined above Payment of tuition related expenses ($1,064) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Summer session.  
  4. Final payment of program fees is due by noon March 22 to the Office of Global Education. 
  5. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Dr. Cherry to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course.  Proof of attendance will be recorded.

Please contact Professor Ben Cherry for additional details.

Experience the Europe Travel Study Tour Yourself!