Albers School of Business and Economics
Study Abroad

European Union EU Study Abroad

  • Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam

    June 22 - July 4, 2014

    Public and corporate governance in the heart of Europe

    You’ll develop your credentials as a global citizen by:

    • Exploring transatlantic businesses within the framework of European public and corporate governance
    • Visiting European institutions and the European offices of prominent Pacific Northwest companies
    • Practicing intercultural understanding and communication
    • Building your résumé through an interactive and immersive experience

    In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama called for the creation of a free-trade agreement between the US and the EU. This new transatlantic market responsible for nearly half the world’s total output stands to redefine the very contours of the economic and business opportunities and challenges faced by the global players who hire our graduates. The Puget Sound’s usual suspects - Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks, among others - are very active in the EU, and lately so with considerable controversy and heightened scrutiny.

    After pre-departure sessions to prepare you for on-site activities, we’ll visit FRANKFURT, Germany’s commercial capital and the financial center of the European Union; the home of the European Central Bank, the German Stock Exchange, and the Commission of the German Corporate Governance Code; and the European headquarters of three of the Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG, DTT, PCW). Nearby is the city of Mainz, the base for the State of Washington’s European Trade Office.

    We’ll then travel to BRUSSELS, the capital and largest urban area of Belgium, but also the de-facto capital of the European Union. It is the seat of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, and two thirds of the EU Parliament’s plenary meetings take place in Brussels. Brussels is also home to the European Confederation of Internal Audit.

    We’ll conclude our tour by traveling to AMSTERDAM, the corporate capital of the Netherlands and the gateway for Northwest companies operating in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), including Nike’s European headquarters in Hilversum and Starbucks’s European headquarters in Amsterdam.


    • ACCT 4940/5940: European Corporate Governance from an Accounting Perspective (Dr. Valentina Zamora)
    • INBU 4940/5940: European Public and Economic Governance (Dr. Bryan Ruppert)


    Registration and Cost

    Program fee: $3,100
    Included: All on-site accommodation for program dates, entrance fees for course activities, two-week global Eurail pass for mid-week excursions and a weekend getaway, two program meals.

    Not included: Airfare, most meals, tuition (undergraduates can register for either Spring or Summer Quarter), any accommodation away from base on optional excursion or getaway.

    Applications due: Feb. 15.

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