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International Management Practices


Bogota and Medellin, Colombia

Spring 2015


Our IBUS-244: International Management Practices course provides students the opportunity to experience the management practices and business environments in Colombian organizations. 

Students will participate in a half semester long pre-departure class, followed by one week of travel to Colombia during the spring break. The pre-departure class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8:10—10:40 p.m. on the following dates: February 4, 11, 18, and 25.

The travel component of the program consists of a series of meetings with senior managers and company tours of both local and multinational companies and NGO's across various industry sectors, engaged in interactive follow-up discussions to analyze the state of economic development Colombia. The course enables you to fuse classroom learning with actual techniques used to compete in the global marketplace.

The professor for this course, Frank DuBois, is the Chair of the International Business Department.  

Travel Timeline

The program will begin at on the morning of Sunday, March 8 in the program hotel in Bogota. Students are expected to arrive in Bogota by this time (most flights arrive late at night, and hotel is included the night of Saturday, March 7th). Information on airport transfer will be provided to students before booking flights. Those arriving early will be responsible for arranging their own airport transfer and additional nights in the hotel.  

The program concludes at the end of the day on Saturday, March 14. 

Please note that students will be responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to Bogota, and may choose to arrive early for personal travel in the region.


The full week will be based in and around Bogota.

Credit Hours & Eligibility

This program is a 2-credit spring course (IBUS-244-001) and standard AU tuition applies. A 3-credit section of the course is also available (IBUS-244-002).


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.

  • Program Fee: The $2,375 program fee includes double occupancy room, ground transportation as part of the program, company site visits, and meals and cultural activities as outlined on the program itinerary. Due to possible exchange rate fluctuations, the final program cost may need to be adjusted and will be confirmed 30–60 days in advance of departure. This program fee is billed to your Student Account, minus a $300 non-refundable deposit which is paid to AU through the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs.

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

  • Passport & Visa: Students are solely responsible for obtaining a passport, visas, or other immigration documents required to enter and exit Colombia, including related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students with any required letters from AU. US Citizens will not require a visa for this visit to Colombia. Non-US citizens should check the website of the Colombian Embassy in D.C. for more information. International students should also be aware of transit visa requirements before purchasing flights that transit via a third country.

  • Incidentals: Expenses for shopping, personal activities, and meals and 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 Friday, January 30, 2015. To reserve your spot, please complete the registration process (steps 1-5 below).

  1. Complete the online registration form.
  2. Print and complete the program consent form.
  3. Print and complete the travel warning waiver.
  4. Print and complete the program payment form.
  5. Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
  6. 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-244-001 (2 credits) or IBUS-244-002 (3 credits) based on your online registration form. You do not register yourself. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.


Contact the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs at (202) 885-1940 or email

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