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Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy & Spain 2015


The 2015 Most Europe International Studies Program to Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa and Verona (Italy), Athens and Thessaloniki (Greece), Madrid (Span), Paris (France), and Sofia (Bulgaria), to be conducted May 17 – June 10, 2015, will provide approximately 30 students (17 undergraduate and 13 graduate) a unique opportunity to study international management and logistics issues, focusing on relevant ways of doing business in five European Union countries: France, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain.

Italy, Greece, France, Spain, and Bulgaria are countries with very long histories, and collectively they are home of most historic sites associated with ancient Roman, Greek, Macedonian, Thracian, and Byzantine, and Imperial Spanish times. Today, these five countries are members of the European Union. Rome, Venice, Florence and Verona (Italy), Athens and Thessaloniki (Greece), Madrid (Spain) and Sofia (Bulgaria), are truly fascinating cities, hosting numerous multinational corporations and other international organizations. They are cities blending modern life styles with history and cultures with rich traditions.

   Summary Facts

  • Summer Session I
  • Travel Dates: May 17 – June 10, 2015
  • Six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit
  • Application deadline: Nov. 21, 2014


ISTD 3381: Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Global logistics and supply chain management are the mechanisms and systems by which the right products reach the right customers at the right time and at a cost that makes them competitive.  In a global economy the successful management of logistics and supply chain management is critical to the success of the firm and its supply chain partners.  These are likewise critical to a nation’s economy.  The course covers the movement and storage management activities for raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods inventory. This course should satisfy the requirement of an advanced International Business class or an advanced elective. Instructor Dr. Tom Badgett.

ISTD 3381: International Comparative Management. A comparative study of management practices around the world. Special focus will be given on analyzing the influence of government institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities on the ways of doing business in four different member countries of the European Union: Italy, Greece Bulgaria and Spain. This course should satisfy the requirement of an advanced International Business class or an advanced elective. Instructor Dr. Detelin Elenkov.

ISTD 6381: Designing and Managing the Supply Chain in the EU. Transportation and logistics are vital to the EU economy. Europeans and the products they consume in ever increasing quantity and variety are carried across the continent by all modes of transport - but most of all by road. As the economy grows, so does the demand for transport and energy. Railways and inland waterways (i.e. rivers and canals), once so important for moving goods and passengers around Europe, now carry only small percentage of the total. Three quarters of the EU’s freight now goes by road. To ease congestion on the roads and improve the environment, the EU is encouraging people to travel by public transport and urging transport firms to move freight to train, barges and ships. The topics and activities outlined below are designed to give graduate students in business an overview of the many challenges policy makers in business face in designing and managing the complex supply chain in the EU. This course should satisfy the requirement of an advanced graduate International Business class or an advanced elective. Instructor Dr. Tom Badgett.

ISTD 6381: Comparative Management and Organization in the European Union.  This course will emphasize the diversity in the political-legal, socio-cultural, economic, and political sectors of the environment in the European Union, as well as the influence of these environmental sectors on the business practice in four member countries of the EU: Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, and Spain. Experiential learning will be stimulated through on-site seminars and face-to-face meetings with corporate executives, government officials, NGO representatives, and community leaders in Europe. This course should satisfy the requirement of an advanced International Business class or an advanced elective. Instructor Dr. Detelin Elenkov

   Travel Arrangements

Students will be extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers given each participant.  All travel arrangements will be made by the program directors and approved by the University.  All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies.  Students will be required to obtain health insurance that will provide medical, death and discount benefits

   Student Eligibility

Undergraduate Students:

  • Must have completed a cumulative 30 hours of course work at time of application and be enrolled at ASU and remain an ASU student through the study abroad program
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 at time of application

Graduate Students:

  • Current students must have GPA of 3.0
  • Newly accepted student must have undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Transfer students must have GPA of 3.0

   Program Cost

The basic cost of the program will be about $4,695.00 which will cover round-trip transatlantic airfare, travel between Paris, Madrid, Rome, Florence, Venice and Verona (Italy), Athens and Thessaloniki (Greece), and Sofia (Bulgaria), educational local trips and visits to historic sites and museums, accommodations in Europe, hotel transfers, daily full European breakfast, and five program dinners. Students selected for the program will be eligible for financial support that will be used to defray program costs. Discretional transportation for personal reasons in the program cities and extra meal expenses will be the responsibility of the student. The program cost does not include ASU tuition and fees for six credit hours. This amount has not been set by the Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System for summer, 2015. Summer 2014 undergraduate resident tuition and fees was $1,681.08.

   Faculty Leadership

The program will be co-directed by Dr. Tom Badgett (D.B.A., Indiana University), Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing, and Dr. Detelin Elenkov (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Norris Family Chair in International Business and Professor, Department of Management & Marketing and Vice President of the International Academy of Business and Economics. Dr. Badgett and Dr. Elenkov collectively hold several decades of international experience in both industry and academia. 

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Dr. Tom Badgett

Dr. Tom Badgett
Professor of Marketing and Department Head
Office: RAS 212A
Phone: (325) 486-6096

Dr. Detelin Elenkov

Dr. Detelin Elenkov
Professor of International Business and Norris Chair in International Business
Office: RAS 210
Phone: (325) 486-6599

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