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France, Germany & Belgium 2015


   Introduction

Live for two weeks in an apartment hotel the middle of Strasbourg, France.

      Experience Europe through this unique opportunity to visit the Alsace region in France; Frankfurt, Paris Trier, and Antwerp. Experience European urban travel on trams, buses and trains, including a Thalys, high-speed train from Paris to Antwerp.

      Learn about business in Europe with a guided walking tour, “Frankfurt: the Euro and Banking City,” and visits to the Kleinmarkthalle and Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the Mercedes truck assembly plant in Wörth, Germany, the Hansgrohe faucet plant and Showerworld in Schiltach, Germany, WeberHaus home builders in Linx, Germany, the Louis Sipp Winery in Ribeauville, France, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Port of Antwerp, the fourth largest container port in the world.

      Visits to the Council of Europe and the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, will provide insights into governance and cooperation in Europe.

     Learn about cultural awareness and business etiquette relating to Europe. Additional cultural enrichment includes visits to the Strasbourg Musee des Beaux-Arts, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Historical Museum, the Louvre in Paris, Rubenshuis in Antwerp, cathedrals in Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Trier, Paris, and Antwerp and the Haut-Koenigsburg castle in France.

      Marvel at the grandeur of cathedrals and churches in Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Trier, Paris, and Antwerp. Visit the Haut-Koenigsburg castle, a Medieval fortress, and the Palace of Versailles in France. Enjoy a day visiting the cathedral and Roman ruins in Trier, Germany.

 


   Summary Facts

  • Summer Session I
  • Travel Dates: May 26-June 20, 2015
  • Six hours of advanced credit in European Studies
  • Application date: The maximum number of students is 16 and applications will be considered until the program is full or January 16, 2015.

  Courses

Students register for two courses and earn six semester credit hours in European Studies upon successful completion of the program. These courses are equivalent to courses taught on-campus at ASU in terms of content, academic requirements and student-faculty contact hours.

IBUS 3381/ACC 6381 Understanding the European Union (3-0). This course will identify the opportunities and problems brought about by economic union of independent European countries. Topics will include economic and monetary unification, common trade policy, the common agricultural policy, the EU Transport Policy and their economic and social impacts. The course will be enhanced by a walking tour “Frankfurt: the Euro and Banking City,” and by visits to Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the Mercedes truck factory in Wörth,Germany, the Loius Sipp winery in Ribeauville, France, the Hansgrohe faucet factory in Schiltach, Germany, WeberHaus home construction in Linx, Germany, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Port of Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium. Instructor: Dr. Norman A. Sunderman

IBUS 3381 Culture and Business Etiquette in Europe (3-0). This course includes training in international business culture awareness and business etiquette relating to Europe. Additional cultural enrichment includes visits to the Strasbourg Musee des Beaux-Arts, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Historical Museum, the Louvre in Paris, Rubenshuis in Antwerp, cathedrals in Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Trier, Paris, and Antwerp and the Haut-Koenigsburg castle in France. . Instructor: Dr. Norman A. Sunderman


  Travel Arrangements

Students will be extensively briefed regarding travel arrangements prior to departure, and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers will be given to each participant. All travel arrangements will be made by the program director and approved by the university.


  Student Eligibility

Students:

  • Open to all majors. An advanced elective with no prerequisites.
  • Must have completed 30 hours of course work at time of acceptance.
  • Must have cumulative GPA of 2.5

  Itinerary

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Sites and activities:

Frankfurt, Germany

  • Kaiserdom
  • Kleinmarkthalle
  • Römerberg
  • Guided walking tour: “Frankfurt the Euro and Banking  City
  • Building tour at Deutsche Bank

Wörth, Germany

  • Mercedes truck assembly plant—guided tour

Strasbourg, France

  • River cruise
  • Strasbourg cathedral
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts
  • Historical Museum
  • Haut-Koenigsbourg castle
  • European Parliament—presentation
  • Council of Europe—presentation

Schiltach, Germany

  • “From brass bar to desgner mixers” at the hansgrohe plant—guided tour
  • Shoerworld

Linx, Germany      

  • WeberHaus home builders

Triberg, Germany

  • Triberg Waterfalls

Trier, Germany

  • Instructor guided tour of St. Paulinus church, Cathedral of St. Peter, Liebfrauenkirche and four Roman ruins

Paris, France

  • Guided tour—Saint Chapelle
  • Guided tour—Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Bateaux Parisiens boat cruise on the Seine
  • Guided tour of the Louvre
  • Basilique du Sacre-Coeur
  • Guided tour—Palace of Versailles

Antwerp, Belgium

  • Audio tour—Rubenshuis
  • Cathedral of Our Lady
  • Guided tour of the Port of Antwerp
  • Presentation—Antwerp World
  • Diamond Center

  Program Cost

The approximate cost is $4,300–$4,700. Actual cost will depend upon the cost of airline tickets, Euro/dollar exchange rates and the number of students participating. 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, 2014. Summer 2013 undergraduate resident tuition and fees was $1,604.88.


  Faculty Leadership

The program director is Dr. Norman A. Sunderman, Professor of Accounting. He has extensive experience in Europe and attended two week faculty conferences in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2004, and Strasbourg, France, in 2008, and led Study Abroad trips in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. He has also made presentations at the NASBITE International conference in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He is currently on the Board of Governors and treasurer of NASBITE International, an organization for advancing global business.

Dr. Sunderman has received teaching awards in both music and accounting. In 1978, he was named the Outstanding Music Professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville.  In 2008, he was named Professor of the Year in the College of Business by the Angelo State Student Government Association. He was also named the Outstanding Accounting Educator for small colleges and universities in 2008 by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2009, Dr. Sunderman received the Distinguished Faculty Alumni Award for the College of Business from the ASU Alumni Association.


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Dr. Norman Sunderman
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Office: RAS 246
Phone: 325-486-6498

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