Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program
The University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business is happy to announce the Transfer International Experience (TIE) program. This program is open ONLY to Marshall and Leventhal students who have transfered to USC from another university or school. Students admitted to the program will enroll in 2 1-unit courses (1 in Fall 2014 and 1 in Spring 2015- you MUST enroll in both courses in order to particpate in the program) and spend 9 days overseas in Milan and Florence, Italy or Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE. The class will focus on the entire “value chain” of a single industry; not simply the manufacture of automobiles or clothing or buildings, but also the financing, distribution, marketing, supply-chain, creative-process, etc.
The Marshall School is known for its unique and innovative global business experiential courses, and this TIE course, which is the newest offering in our set of global courses, will help prepare you for managerial roles in businesses of the future.
Milan and Florence, Italy: Focus on the Global Fashion Industry and Italy’s Role in this Industry
In today’s world, every business person must be proficient in global business and comfortable working with people and companies from other countries. This course will focus on developing skills for doing global business with a focus on Italy and the global fashion industry. The centerpiece of this course is an educational trip to Milan and Florence, Italy (January 2-11, 2015), to visit companies in the fashion industry and other companies that are part of the value chain for this industry. The trip to Italy will also include observational and experiential exercises related to this industry and the marketing and retailing of fashion items in Italy. A set of seven class sessions before the trip (classes are Tuesdays 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, and start Oct 14, and are held Oct 14,21,28, Nov 4,11, 18, and December 2 in Fall, The trip January 2-11, and then class sessions Jan 20, 27 and February 3 in Spring) will examine issues related to global business strategy, doing business in Italy, and the global fashion industry. A set of three class (January 20,27, February 3) sessions after the trip will integrate and analyze the lessons learned during the trip and the first part of the course.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE: Focus on the Global Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry and Dubai’s Role in this Industry
This course will focus on developing skills for doing global business with a focus on Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. The centerpiece of this course is an educational trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (from Jan. 1 – 10, 2015), to visit companies in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry and other companies that are part of the value chain and ecosystem for this industry, such as hotels, airlines, travel agencies, and real estate developers. The trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, will also include observational and experiential exercises related to this industry, such as observations of shopping malls and retailers that cater to international tourists. A set of seven class sessions (classes are Fridays 10-12, and start Oct 17, and are held Oct 17,24,31, Nov 7,14, 21, and December 5 in Fall, The trip January 1-10, and then class sessions Jan 23, 30 and February 6 in Spring) before the trip will examine issues related to global business strategy, global industry analysis and the value chain, doing business in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE, and the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. A set of three class (January 23, 30 and February 6) sessions after the trip will integrate and analyze the lessons learned during the trip and the first part of the course.
The TIE program will feature 2 1-credit classes (BUAD 206a/b) held on a unique schedule. The Fall class (BUAD 206a) will begin later in the Fall 2014 semester (October 14 for Dubai and October 17 for Milan) and will meet for 7 sessions before students depart for Milan or Dubai during the winter holiday. Students will return an enroll in the Spring class (BUAD 206b), and will continue the course during the Spring seemster 2015 (the Italy class will meet Tuesday 6pm-8pm, UAE class will meet Fridays 10am-12 pm) for 3 sessions. Students will enroll in a 1-credit class in the Fall semester and a 1-credit class in the Spring semester (registration for the Fall course will be held in early-October). The class dates are as follows: Dubai/Abu Dhabi-classes are Fridays 10-12, and are held Oct 17,24,31, Nov 7,14, 21, and December 5 in Fall, the trip January 1-10, and then class sessions Jan 23, 30 and February 6 in Spring, and for Milan/Florence- classes are Tuesdays 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, and start Oct 14, and are held Oct 14,21,28, Nov 4,11, 18, and December 2 in Fall, The trip January 2-11, and then class sessions Jan 20, 27 and February 3 in Spring.
The students will travel during the Winter holiday (Italy January 2-11, 2015, Dubai January 1-10, 2015). Please make sure that you are able to travel during the winter holiday as well as can attend the classes during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters (attendance of the class is required, so it is essential that all participants are able to attend the class).
Please note: For safety students MUST arrive and depart with the group. Students may NOT plan their own schedules to and from the destination.
You are invited to read from students’ perspectives about their TIE experiences.
2015 Student Travel Blogs
The cost of the travel portion of the program (airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and some meals) will be $3850. Program prices do NOT include costs for visa application, evening meals, incidentals, and personal expenses. Additional funds will be available in the form of of need-based scholarships for those students who require additional financial support (please note: scholarship amounts will cover no more than 50% of the program costs). ALL Marshall/Leventhal students are eligible to apply for a scholarship, no matter their financial or visa status.
Scholarship applications can be downloaded here: TIE 2015 Scholarship Appliction, and are due by 5:00 pm on September 19th, 2014. In addition to the application, applicants MUST include either a copy of the Financial Aid statement/award letter OR a letter of financial need outlining their current financial situation as well as why they require the scholarship to participate in the program. Letters should be as detailed as possible. (Please note: the scholarship committee will review all financial claims, so please be prepared to verify financial information and submit tax and other documents if requested).
Applications can be submitted to BRI 105, faxed to (213) 740-2116 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. No late applications will be accepted.
Applications will be due September 15th, 2014. Admission is not on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to take your time in completing the application.
If you would like to discuss your options in person, please contact Sean O’Connell at (213) 740-5705 or by email at sean.o’email@example.com.