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On the way to Hoi An in Vietnam, 2018
Scholars in the 2021 cohort traveling to Hoi An, Vietnam, during the Rising Sophomore Study Abroad Program.

Rising Sophomore Summer Study Abroad Program in the Developing World

Led by Tulane faculty, this 4-5 week program will offer students the core course in finance for the BSM (FINE 3010) and a course on Globalization (ISIB 3010).  Fully subsidized by the Altman Program, students will have the opportunity to explore as a group the cultural and business practices of a region where they would be unlikely to spend their junior year study abroad. The summer study abroad program has been held in Costa Rica, Vietnam, and most recently Thailand. 

Introduction to Globalization, or ISIB 3010, is structured as a lens through which students will see and experience first-hand how the global issues are played out in a specific part of the world. The course also pays particular attention to how culture interrelates with and affects all communicative processes, including business ones: being able to communicate across cultures is imperative to our ability to function in a diverse workplace, city, and world. The course’s mandatory service learning component allows students to observe first hand how cultural, national, and socioeconomic identities shape communication. This course is taught by Co-Director Professor Casey Love.

Financial Management, or FINE 3010, provides an introduction to finance. A broad range of topics is covered, including the valuation of stocks, bonds, and real estate investment projects. Since elements of finance enter all aspects of business, this course is beneficial for all business majors. For finance majors, this course lays the foundation for later courses. Non-finance majors gain a general understanding of finance. This Altman-specific section is taught by Co-Director Professor Myke Yest. 

The Altman Program covers most costs associated with this summer program.

 

Cohort 2017 Scholar in Vietnam
Ruth Yao, 2017 cohort, explores Vietnam. Ruth took time during her junior year abroad studying in Hong Kong to travel in Southeast Asia.

Full-Immersion Junior Year Study Abroad Programs

All Altman scholars spend a full year studying at a university in a region where the language they have chosen to study is spoken. While abroad, they learn how to interact in environments that are culturally, linguistically, socially, politically and economically very different from their own. Encountering and making sense of those differences while learning to live, study, work and thrive under them is an essential and meaningful component of the Altman Program. Many times, it is also a defining moment in students’ development as individuals, scholars, and professionals. Altman staff work closely with faculty and administrators in the School of Liberal Art's Center for Global Education and the A.B. Freeman School of Business's International Programs Office in order to identify programs abroad in which students can undertake coursework in their target language while also making progress towards the completion of their degrees. Each student will work closely with Altman staff and advisors in the CGE and the Business School to select the programs that meet their academic needs and personal interests.

All students are required to take classes in their target language alongside other local university students and generally have the opportunity to live with a family. Students are not permitted to attend “island programs” where students enroll in specially designed courses for U.S. students, and the Altman Program regularly evaluates its abroad programs to ensure that a maximum degree of immersion is obtained. All abroad programs are also approved by the Office of Study Abroad and the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

In order to get started, students can review the following documents:

Altman-approved Study Abroad Programs:

  • Chinese-speaking countries – China (Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai) and Taiwan (Taipei)
  • French-speaking countries – France (Cergy, Lille, Lyon, Paris, Reims, Rouen, and Strasbourg), Morocco (Rabat), and Senegal (Dakar)
  • German-speaking countries – Austria (Innsbruck and Vienna), Germany (Berlin, Duisburg-Essen, Stuttgart, and Vallendar), and Switzerland (Winterthur)
  • Italian-speaking countries – Italy (Bologna, Florence, Milan, Rome, and Venice)
  • Japanese-speaking countries – Japan (Hirakata)
  • Portuguese-speaking countries – Brazil (Florianópolis, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo) and Portugal (Lisbon)
  • Spanish-speaking countries – Argentina (Buenos Aires), Chile (Arica, Santiago, and Valparaiso), Colombia (Bogotá and Cali), Cuba (Havana), Ecuador (Quito), Mexico (Mérida and Mexico City), Panama (Panama City), Peru (Lima), Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), and Uruguay (Montevideo)

Students receive a $2,000 stipend to help offset study abroad expenses.