Study Tours as an Internationalisation Strategy
MacEwan introduced study tours in their Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2008, and currently offers study tours to Brazil, China and India. Study tours are structured as for-credit courses comprising academic, business and cultural components with a one week pre-departure orientation and two weeks abroad.
This presentation is based on Grant MacEwan University’s School of Business experience in developing and implementing study tours for undergraduate business students. The presentation examines the role of study tours within a larger, holistic internationalisation strategy, the benefits and limitations of study tours as an internationalisation strategy, and the resources – both human and financial – required for developing and implementing study tours.
Study tours provide an international education opportunity to students who may not have the time or financial resources to spend longer periods abroad and our anecdotal evidence to date suggests that our short-term study tours have been effective in increasing students’ knowledge of conducting business abroad, developing intercultural competencies and assessing personal suitability for a career in international business. Study tours have proved to contribute not only to the internationalisation of MacEwan students, but also to the internationalisation of faculty and staff.