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Doing Business in Europe

A Study Abroad Opportunity

In 1999 we began offering MSU Denver students a unique opportunity --- spend 3 weeks in Europe visiting companies and gaining first-hand knowledge of international business. Students typically visit 5 countries and 10-12 European businesses. Executives from each firm discuss their business operations, answer student questions, and often take students on a tour of the company.  At the end of the program students report that their entire outlook on international business and other global issues changed dramatically during the program.  They indicate that this is a 'once in a lifetime' experience.

Students will visit firms such as:

Students at Caterpillar in Geneva Students at First Union Bank in London    Esso Offices in Rome
 Students watch a fashion show at the Galleries Lafayette in Paris  Students modeling clothing at SKIN Fashions in Rome  Students at Westminster Abbey after seeing the Houses of Parliament in London


Metro students join approximately 45 undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the United States and 3 professors.   We work with a company called International Business Seminars that coordinates the student participants, business meetings, hotel accommodations and transportation. This company has been in business about 20 years and is owned and operated by Dr. Dan Brennenstuhl.  While a professor at Arizona State University, Dr. Brennenstuhl developed this program for his students studying International Business. 

Some of the benefits students may gain from the experience:

Q         Earn 3 credit hours

Q         Learn how European businesses operate

Q         Learn about European culture

Q         Develop an appreciation for cultural, political, and economic differences

Q         Begin developing a national network of friends

Q        Develop an international network of business acquaintances by meeting business executives

Q        Gain experience that is useful in developing a resume


Students begin their 3 weeks in Europe with  an orientation session. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and the professors leading the program.  Here students meet with Dr. Daryl McKee, Dr. Carol Lawrence, and Dr. Dan Brennenstuhl.


Students start with an orientation session ?









Halfway through the session, students will meet for a mid-term discussion. At the end of the 3 week program, students meet for a wrap-up session to discuss what was learned.

Students meet for a wrap-up session?


But there is always time to visit the local tourist sights---

Students at the Leaning Tower of Pisa Students seeing the Pope in Vatican City   Students in front of Big Ben  


And we are always up for a party at the end of the trip!!

 Students at end of trip party  Students and Professor Gilliard at end of trip party Students at end of party trip  


How can you participate in this wonderful adventure?

Contact Debbie Gilliard for more information and an application--

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International Business Seminars- The Company


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