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Important Dates

Standard Application / Withdrawal Deadline: December 7, 2018
50% down payment due at the time of application. Contact to get the application or call 616.233.2589

Students may withdraw from the program, with a full refund, up until this date. All money is non-refundable after this date.

Final Payment Due: April 10, 2019
Final payment due 30 days prior to departure.

International Business Experience
Munich, Germany
May 10-18, 2019

Experience the best practices of global business for yourself when you take your professional development abroad with the International Business Experience.

The International Business Experience is a 9-day program that offers a balanced mix of business interactions, corporate tours, cultural collaboration, and professional networking opportunities. Through intercultural exchange, you will have an opportunity to strengthen leadership, problem solving, and communication skills while gaining a strong understanding of cultural and business norms.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Impact effective global operations, supply chain, and management practices based on global experiences.
  • Adapt to unique business situations, creating a strong competitive advantage.
  • Apply problem solving techniques, overcome obstacles, and better analyze business issues.
  • Communicate more effectively to create opportunities where others may not.
  • Set yourself apart in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Where’s the value?

Leaders need the ability to drive sustainable change. Increased intercultural and business acumen gives you the ability to recognize and respond to diversity and make better decisions to improve the overall success of your organization. Spending time abroad exposes leaders to different business approaches and cultures in order to understand how they influence others in both business and social environments. 


What's included in the cost?
Everything you will need is included, with the exception of funding for personal excursions. Please note, if you would like to use personal/corporate airline miles or company travel arrangements, we can discuss alternate pricing. 

A private loan payment option is now available! If you're interested in this option, please call us at 616-233-2589.

Questions? Contact us at 616-233-2589 or for more information.


International Business Experience - Full Itinerary

May 10 - 18, 2019 | Munich, Germany

Note: while we make every effort to pre-schedule events and visits, changes may occur.

Day 1 | May 10

Flight to Munich, Germany.

Guten Tag! Welcome!

Day 2 | May 11

Arrival at Munich Airport.

Transportation by private bus from the airport to the hotel in Munich.

7 nights in single rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the 4-star Holiday Inn - Munich City Centre.

Orientation session with your local coordinator at the hotel.

Public transportation pass for the duration of the entire stay in Munich.

Free time to get settled in the rooms and to explore your new surroundings.

Welcome dinner at a Bavarian restaurant in Munich to kick off the program.

Day 3 | May 12

Breakfast at the hotel.

Public transportation during the day.

Guided bike tour of Munich to get an overview of the Bavarian capital city. During your tour you will see for instance the famous “Hofbräuhaus” - the beer hall, the National Theater and the Peace Angle Monument and many other places of interest.

Light group lunch at a restaurant in Munich.

Guided tour of the new Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism. The center has been built on the site of the former “Brown House”, once the headquarters of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP). Its permanent exhibition shows the history of National Socialism in Munich, the city’s special role in the Nazi system of terror and Munich’s difficulties in confronting its past after 1945.

Group dinner at a restaurant in Munich.

Day 4 | May 13

Breakfast at the hotel.

Public transportation during the day.

Visit to Green City Energy (to be confirmed), to learn about the company in general, and about their different strategies and projects in regards to renewable energy. Established in 2005 as a 100% subsidiary of the Munich environmental protection organization Green City e.V. it got converted to an AG to give their very first investors the opportunity to take stake in the company. As an alternative energy service provider, they also offer attractive ecological financial investment along with direct supply of environmentally-friendly energy.

Light group lunch at a restaurant in Munich.

Visit to the BMW (to be confirmed) to learn about their global operations and supply chain management during a tour of their production plant in Munich. Afterwards, admission to the BMW World and Museum to explore their exhibitions at your own pace. They provide insights into the architecture of BMW, the automobile delivery and its behind-the-scenes logistics and the brand experience. The Technology and Design Studio presents interactive models, showing you the current state of the art in BMW vehicles. The remarkable work done by designers is illustrated in films and exhibits.

Group dinner at a restaurant in Munich.

Day 5 | May 14

Breakfast at the hotel.

Public transportation during the day.

Free morning for your own explorations of Munich.

Light group lunch at a restaurant in Munich.

Visit to a brewery such as Löwenbräu or Paulaner to learn about their production during a guided tour of the brewery. Afterwards, you will be invited for a beer tasting including a typical Bavarian snack.

The remainder of the day is free.

Day 6 | May 15

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transportation by private bus to and from the corporate visit.

Corporate visit to complement your operations and supply chain management course; DHL Global Forward at Munich Airport to learn about their logistics operations, or to Riem Arcaden for a discussion on retail operations with their mall management.

Light group lunch at a restaurant in Munich.

Free afternoon in Munich for your own explorations of the city.

Day 7 | May 16

Breakfast at the hotel.

Public transportation during the day.

Guided tour of the Munich Wholesale Market (Grossmarkt München), which ranks among the four largest local food markets in Europe. This international hub for handling fruit and vegetables covers an area of 310,000 m². 400 importers and wholesalers from all over the world trade here and sell fruits, flowers, delicatessen products, wines etc. Fruit trading agencies arrange to ship goods to other European countries.

Light group lunch at a restaurant in Munich.

Corporate visit to Oracle, which is specialized in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products and is thus one of the largest software maker in the world. Learn how their software can enhance a company’s operations and supply chain management.

Free evening for your own explorations of Munich.

Day 8 | May 17

Breakfast at the hotel.

Public transportation during the day.

Use your last day in Munich for final discussions, reflection and wrap up of the program.

Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Munich to wrap up the trip.

Day 9 | May 18

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transportation by private bus to Munich Airport.

Departure from Munich Airport to the USA.

Auf Wiedersehen! Bye bye!