International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2889
ie@oakland.edu

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
azimmerman@oakland.edu

London Bridge with blue sky and clouds beneath text: HC2050 European Residency: Will the EU survive Brexit?
For more information, contact:

Frank Cardimen
fcardimen6735@comcast.net
(248) 652-6735

HC 2050 Belgium and UK Brexit

Explore the European business and Brexit through Brussels, Belgium, and London, United Kingdom  during winter break 2020. The class will focus on doing business in the EU. Research is required - history, economic impact, and BREXIT. There will be an emphasis on the importance of economic, cultural, political, currency and historical differences in doing business in each European country. Program runs Wednesday, February 19 – Sunday, March 1.

Where You
Will Be

The experience begins in Belgium for four days followed by six days in the United Kingdom.

What you
will do
and learn

The days in Belgium and the United Kingdom will be filled with company visits and cultural experiences. Arrive in Brussels, the EU capital, and tour the European Parliament with presentations and discussion. Possible visit to Visit World Steel where we will investigate new approaches in a traditional industry along with a tour and presentation of NATO. Embark on an optional half-day trip to Paris and explore the most important places and monuments - Boulevard Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, and many others. Explore the Flanders region with a full-day trip where we discover the historical city of Ghent and the beauty of picturesque Bruges, sometimes referred to as "Venice of the North."

Transfer to London with Brexit panel discussion and free time to explore the city to behold the most famous monuments such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and more. Possible visits to Ford Motor Company and AT&T EMEA for Brexit discussion and its impact on industries. Travel to Oxford and tour BMW Group Plant Oxford. Visit Blenheim Palace, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the inspiring Oxford with a visit to the oldest university in the English Speaking world, including Christ Church College and the Bodleian Library, both featured in Harry Potter films.

In London, visit the Embassy of the United States London followed by and optional guided walk in the Covent Garden for a glimpse at a unique side of the neighborhood. A full-day trip to the mysterious Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric monument in the world with origins dating back nearly 5,000 years. Optional trip to Windsor Castle with a tour through history, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen's favorite weekend home. Cruise on the Thames river on a dinner cruise and admire the beautiful city from a different angle.

What to
bring

Business dress for the professional meetings and tours, plus 10 days of travel clothes.

Requirements

Preference given to students enrolled in HC 2050 Winter 2020 to participate in the trip abroad. Travel may be possible for Honors College students not enrolled in the class based on space availability.

A valid passport is required. A visa or visas may be required based on country of passport and travel destinations.

Cost
HC 2050 European Residency: Will the EU Survive Brexit?
Feb. 19-March 1, 2020
Number of CreditsTBD (HC 2050) (Tuition not included in program cost)
Program Cost$4,500
Application depositTBD
Meals not includedAll breakfasts and some lunches and dinners included. Some lunches and  dinners not included in program cost
Excursions
AirfareAll included - air, bus, train
Books and suppliesTBD
Extra costsPassport, personal incidentals