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Global Innovation Without Frontiers

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Spring Break 2011

Paris, France and Prague, Czech Republic

March 4-13, 2011

About the Program

Global Innovation without Frontiers is a new interdisciplinary course (IBUS-685/IBUS-496) focusing on European business and politics, France and Central Europe, and technology, new media and innovation issues. You can earn credits, visit world-famous companies, learn about a new fascinating subject, and meet new international friends - on location in Europe over spring break!

A key player on the world stage and a country at the political heart of Europe, France is the world's fifth-largest economy. Famous for its strong culinary tradition, with more than 250 cheeses and fine wines, France is also a center for innovation and technology development. With a GDP of $2.66 trillion, the country has been very successful in developing dynamic telecommunications, aerospace, and weapons sectors and is home to the "Silicon Valley" of Europe, the continent's largest technology park.

This unique course begins with four class meetings during the first half of the Spring 2011 semester to study global innovation and the accelerating high-tech phenomenon. You will also design a research strategy for on-site field investigation of the region's unique paths to innovation and technology transfer. Then, you'll travel to Paris, France as well as Prague, Czech Republic over spring break to visit domestic and multinational firms across sectors including information and communication technologies, new media and digital media technologies, aerospace, energy, defense technologies, biotechnology, and biopharmaceuticals. You will spend eight days immersed in meetings with senior managers, company tours, and interactive follow-up discussions, as well as seeing the cultural and historical highlights of the region. We will also visit our partner school in Paris, ESCP Europe, home of the #1 MS in Management program in Europe, where you will hear lectures from leading professors and network with ESCP's graduate students. Following the field research trip in Europe, students will meet again on campus and present their findings in a research symposium.

The instructor, Professor of International Business Tomasz Mroczkowski, has extensive international professional and academic experience and is a leading specialist in this topic at AU. Dr. Mroczkowski’s research interests include knowledge management, international outsourcing and globalization of R&D, and comparative innovation policies in emerging economies. 

View a sample travel itinerary

Travel Timeline

Students should depart the US the evening of Friday, March 4, to arrive in Paris on Saturday, March 5. The group then transfers via air to Prague the evening of Wednesday, March 9. To return, students should plan to depart Prague on Sunday, March 13, to at arrive back in Washington the same day. AU spring classes resume on Monday, March 14. A single group transportation to transfer from the Paris airport and to the Prague airport is included in the program fee and will be communicated in the weeks prior to the program.

Please note that students are responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from Europe.

Credit Hours

Global Innovation without Frontiers is a 2 or 3-credit Spring course and standard AU tuition applies.

Passport & Visa

Students are solely responsible for obtaining a passport and any visas or other immigration documents required to enter and exit France and the Czech Republic, including any related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students in this endeavor with any required letters from AU. Students should contact the French and Czech Republic Embassies, as well as the Embassy for their home country, to validate entry and exit requirements. Details for US citizens regarding these requirements and other pertinent information can be found on the US State Department web pages for France and the Czech Republic.


Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:

  • Tuition: Costs for tuition are based on the number of credits, calculated per the tuition and fee schedule posted on the Student Accounts website. Full-time students not exceeding 17 total credits for the semester will not incur additional tuition charges. Any tuition charges that do apply will be billed by and paid directly to AU.

  • Program Fee: The program fee of $2,150 includes double occupancy room, intra-program flight from Paris to Prague, ground transportation, company site visits, and meals & cultural activities as outlined on the program itinerary.

  • Travel: Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of air travel to and from Europe. 

  • Passport & Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, visas, or other immigration documents required to enter and exit both France and the Czech Republic, including related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students with any required letters from AU.

  • Incidentals: Expenses for shopping, personal activities, and meals & local transportation not included in the program itinerary are the student's responsibility.

  • Financial Aid: Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid office to determine coverage and eligibility.


The deadline to register for this exciting program is January 28! There is a unique registration process for this program - you do not register yourself if you plan to travel to Europe. In order to reserve your spot, please complete steps 1-5 below.

  1. Complete the online registration form.
  2. Print and complete the program consent form.
  3. Print and complete the program payment form.
  4. Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
  5. Deliver items 2, 3, and 4 (along with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB 106.

Once your deposit and paperwork have been received, you will be registered for either IBUS-685 or IBUS-496 based on your online registration form. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.


For questions about the course, contact Dr. Mroczkowski at For questions about logistics and registration, contact the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs at (202) 885-1940 or



Registration deadline for Global Innovation without Frontiers.