This program allows students to explore the history, culture, politics and economy of London, UK and Paris, France.
In this program, students will explore famous cultural, historical and sport sites in both cities, including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, British Museum, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, Wimbledon and more. We will discuss business strategy for tourism as well as the competition of multinational companies in the retail sector. Students will be exposed to the history and culture of the two famous cities, as well as an introduction to strategic management from a European perspective.
Nicholas Bailey, Assistant Professor
Campus Address: CBB 246
Dr. Bailey teaches Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) and International Management here on the UNI campus. He has visited more than a dozen countries, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, and the UAE. Dr. Bailey has traveled with UNI students to Brazil and Poland; and, in January 2020, he led a group of students taking BPS and the Global Skills Capstone to Costa Rica.
Nick Bailey was an amazing instructor to be with for two weeks. He was super helpful with making the activities fun as well as encouraging us to engage in the culture we were surrounded in. - Kelsey, Costa Rica Program Participant
MGMT 4175: Business Policy and Strategy (3 credit hours) OR CAP 3154: Global Skills (3 credit hours)
Participants will choose to take ONE of the two courses listed. Courses will be part of the participants’ fall 2021 course load. Details on each course are listed below. The Study Abroad Center will enroll students into the course they select.
Option 1: MGMT 4175: Business Policy and Strategy (3 credit hours)
Participation in this program requires several pre-trip meetings. Following travel, you will be required to attend either Dr. Bailey’s 8 am or 9:30 am class during the fall semester starting in week 8. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements.
The essence of strategic management is the study of why some companies outperform their competitors for a sustainable period. In an effort to understand the fundamental questions of strategic management, this course explores the processes of analysis, formulation and implementation as it relates specifically to a company’s internal and external environment, business and corporate-level strategies, international strategies and entrepreneurship. This unique opportunity will allow business majors to complete the conceptual portion of Dr. Bailey’s Business Policy and Strategy class in an intensive format in London and Paris. The second portion of the class will take place during the second block of fall semester, where students will take part in a business strategy simulation and compete against their peers in managing an athletic footwear company.
For senior business majors. Prerequisite(s): completion of all other courses in the "business core"; ACCT 2120 (120:030); ACCT 2130 (120:031); MKTG 2110 (130:101); MGMT 2080 (150:080); MGMT 3100 (150:100); MGMT 3153 (150:153); MGMT 3154 (150:154); FIN 3130/5130 (160:151g); STAT 1772 (800:072) or equivalent; ECON 1021 (920:020); ECON 1041 (920:053); ECON 1051 (920:054); ECON 1011 (920:070); senior standing. To view the tentative course syllabus, click HERE.
Option 2: CAP 3154: Global Skills (3 credit hours)
This course is designed as an introduction to the UK and France. We will discuss the history, culture, politics and economy of these countries. Students will have a hands on learning experience designed to increase their understanding of another cultural and economic environment different from their own. Through a variety of assignments and site visits, students will gain an invaluable introduction to London/Paris, their history and geography, as well as current cultural, business, and economic practices.
All majors welcome. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. To view the tentative course syllabus, click HERE.
- In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
- Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Tentative Program Dates: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 (depart US) to Friday, August 20, 2021 (return to US)
Sample itinerary is subject to change. Depending on a variety of factors, participants may either fly individually and pay the airline directly for their airfare OR fly as a group from the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids and pay a designated travel agency for their airfare. Program participants will be informed on how to purchase airfare once they are committed to participation, in the months prior to program departure.
Day 1: Arrival to London; use provided transportation passes to travel to the hotel.
Day 2: Visit Tower of London, which served as a palace, prison, and fortress over its 1,000 year history and is now home to the Crown Jewels. Afterwards, visit Westminster Abbey, which has been the coronation church since 1066. Class meeting in evening.
Day 3: Guided tour of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Class meeting in evening.
Day 4: Discover over 2 million years of human history and culture at the world-famous British Museum. Over 8 million exhibits make it one of the largest and most impressive collections of historical artifacts in the world. Class meeting in evening.
Day 5: Travel to Paris by train. Class meeting in evening.
Day 6: Visit to the Louvre, the world’s most-visited art museum, with a collection that spans work from ancient civilizations to the mid-19th century. From there head to the Arc de Triomphe, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. Class meeting in evening.
Day 7: Visit Disneyland Paris. Class meeting in evening.
Days 8 - 9: Free time to explore and visit businesses assigned by the course leader; tickets to the top of Eiffel Tower are included and the visit will be scheduled as a group according to availability.
Day 10: Travel home; use provided transportation passes to travel to the Paris airport.
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in hotels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Accommodations will be two students per room. Breakfast is built into the program cost. Students will purchase other meals out-of-pocket while abroad. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.
Capstone/BPS in London & Paris
Estimated Program Cost:
* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
Tuition & Fees:
Room & Board:
Dates & Deadlines
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.