Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program

Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program


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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 a two-unit course and spend 9 days overseas in Milan, Italy.  The class will focus on the Global Fashion Industry and Italy’s role in this Industry, with the program in Italy consisting of visits to businesses involved in all aspects of the fashion industry; distribution, sourcing, marketing, sales, as well as production and design.

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.

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, Italy (from Jan. 3 – 12, 2014), 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 six class sessions before the trip will examine issues related to global business strategy, doing business in Italy, and the global fashion industry. A set of three class sessions after the trip will  integrate and analyze the lessons learned during the trip and the first part of the course.

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TIE Calender

The TIE program will feature a 2-credit class (BUAD 206) held on a unique schedule. The class will begin in the Fall 2013 semester (classes will meet on Fridays from 12-1:50 pm starting with the first class on October 25th, 2013) and will meet for 6 sessions during the fall semester before students depart for Milan, and will continue during the Spring seemster 2014 (also on Fridays from 12-1:50 pm) for 3 sessions. Students will enroll in the class for Spring semester during registration in late-October. The students will travel during the Winter holiday (January 3-12, 2014). Please make sure that you are able to travel during the winter holiday as well as can attend the class during the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 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.


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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 Scholarship Appliction, and are due by 5:00 pm on September 20th, 2013. 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. Applications can be submitted to BRI 105, faxed to (213) 740-2116 or via e-mail to No late applications will be accepted.


Applications will be due September 16th, 2013.  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’