Stockholm is one of most sustainable cities in the world and has been awarded the European Green Capital Award in 2010. Many highly innovative sustainability ideas and initiatives from different organizations at different scales originate in Sweden. Sweden is also home of many multinational companies, which are world leaders in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Stockholm is aiming to make the record books again, this time by becoming the world's first carbon neutral capital city by 2025.

Our IBUS-744: International Dimensions in Management course provides students the opportunity to learn about and experience sustainable management practices and business environments in Swedish organizations.

The travel component of the program consists of a series of meetings with managers and tours of companies across various industry sectors, engaged in interactive follow-up discussions to analyze the sustainability initiatives in Sweden. The course enables you to fuse classroom learning with actual techniques used to compete in the global marketplace.

The professor for this course is David Bartlett, Executive in Residence in the Department of Management. This course is required for MSSM students entering Fall 2018 or later prior to graduation. Students from all other AU Graduate programs are welcome to participate.

Travel timeline

The program will begin on Sunday, May 12 with a pickup at the airport in Stockholm. Students are expected to arrive Stockholm on the morning of May 12 (you may arrive earlier if you wish). Those arriving early will be responsible for arranging their own airport transfer and additional nights in the hotel. The program will conclude on the morning of Sunday, May 19 with a group transfer to the Stockholm airport. 


Students are responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from Sweden. Transportation between cities within Sweden is included in the cost of the trip and all reservations will be taken care of by the Global Learning Office.

Itinerary and Housing

The Program will begin on May 12 in Stockholm. The group will stay in a green hotel (exact hotel to be confirmed). While in Stockholm, the group will meet with a variety of organizations across a range of industries to understand the ways in which Swedish businesses have embrace green practices. A welcome and a closing dinner will be provided in Stockholm.

The group will also visit the nearby city of Linkoping to visit the lead project of a sustainable urban food company.

Please note: All visits and activities are tentative and subject to change.

Credit Hours and Eligibility

This course is a 1 credit spring course (IBUS 734) and a 2 credit summer course (IBUS 744). Students must participate in both the spring and summer sections. Standard AU tuition applies. Students from any graduate program at AU are welcome to participate, but should check with their academic advisor to find out of the program will count towards their degree requirements if not enrolled in the MSSM program.

Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:

Costs for tuition are based on the number of credits, calculated per the tuition and fee schedule posted on the Student Accounts website.

The $2,700 program fee includes double occupancy room throughout the program, ground transportation, 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.

Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of air travel to and from Stockholm, Sweden.

Passports must be valid at least until November 22, 2019. If your current passport is expired or is due to expire prior to November 22, 2019, you must obtain a new passport and have it in your possession at least 1 week prior to departure. You must have at least 2 blank visa pages in your passport upon arrival in Sweden. If you do not or will not have 2 blank visa pages in your passport, you must apply for a new passport before departure. US citizens will obtain tourist visas upon arrival in Sweden. Non-US citizens may need to obtain visas ahead of time and should review the website of the Embassy of Sweden for more information. KSB Global learning will provide visa letters to non-US citizen participants upon request.

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

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


The deadline to register for this program is December 7, 2018. Registration for this course is limited, and is first come, first served. The course may fill before the registration deadline. To reserve your spot, please complete the registration process (steps 1-4 below):

  1. Complete the online registration form. 
  2. Print and complete the the IBUS-744 program payment form.
  3. Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
  4. Deliver items 2 and 3 (along with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB Room #106.

Once your deposit and paperwork has been received, you will be registered in IBUS 744 (3 credits). You will not register yourself. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.


Contact the Office of Global Learning at (202) 885-1940 or email ksbabroad@american.edu.

The deadline to register for this program is Friday, December 7, 2018.

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