Albers School of Business and Economics
Study Abroad

Guatemala Study Abroad

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    December 13 - 22, 2014

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    Guatemala provides students a rich platform to explore social issues, fair-trade practices, women’s issues and sustainable business in Latin America. We will have real experiences with the Guatemalan people and businesses – both micro and MNCs. Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America with a GDP per capita roughly one-half that of the average for Latin America. Almost 55% of the population is below the poverty line, yet their unemployment rate is roughly half that of the United States. Our trip will be based in La Antigua, which is recognized and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and is one of the most charming cities in Central America. We will also experience the bustle of Guatemala City, as well as excursions to neighboring areas such as: Izabal, Lake Atitlan, and more. GUATE2014 will offer two courses illuminating the Latin American business cultures, the commercial environments, politics of Central America, and the economy of Guatemala and neighboring countries. And to enhance what we learn, we will be visiting Guatemalan companies such as

    • Cerveceria Centroamericana – We will see first hand the procedural and operational strategy of a leader in the Guatemalan beer Industry through a company tour of Cerveceria Centroamericana.
    •  Anacafe - Asociacion Nacional de Café  - The main board for all coffee exports in Guatemala, we will visit their facilities in Guatemala City for a behind-the-scenes tour and learn more about the importance of coffee in Guatemala, both culturally and economically.
    • Ecofiltro Company – An Antigua based company, and World Bank Marketplace Award winner for sustainability in both 2003 and 2004, Ecofiltro was named one of the world’s Top 50 Small and Medium Enterprises by infoDev, an international association sponsored by the World Bank.
    • As Green As It Gets – A company supporting sustainable economic development, which in turn strengthens the small rural communities of Guatemala. We will see how endeavors of all sizes can aid the economy, environment, and have a positive social impact, especially in the lesser known areas of Guatemala.

    What:Graduate students can earn three credits (one course) or six credits (two courses) of international and general elective credits. Undergraduates can earn five credits (one course) or 10 credits (two courses) of business credit. Guate2014-2 also satisfies undergraduate International Economic Development requirement to participate in an SU sponsored Summer Education Abroad Course to a developing country.

    Where: Guatemala City, La Antigua (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Izabal, Lago Atitlan

    Who: GUATE2014-2 is open to both graduate and undergraduate Seattle University students, as well as Albers alumni. Aaron Thornburg will teach INBU 4940 & 5940; Meenakshi Rishi will teach ECON 4940 & 5940.

    When: December 13th – 22nd. The application process will be open by May 17, 2014. The deadline for application completion is May 30, 2014. A refundable $500 deposit should be made to Student Financial Services upon acceptance. Once paid, please bring the deposit receipt to the Albers front desk to have them record and file it with the Guatemala participants.

    Cost:The $1,900 fee includes all lodging, private bus transportation (including pick-up from airport to hotel and back), all excursions, language instruction, gifts, and most meals. The price for alumni is $2,100.

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    Fall Quarter Courses

    INBU 4940/5940 Cultural Intelligence and Global Business Communication

    In this course, we are interested in the subtle but crucial role that culture takes in creating relationships with business colleagues and clients across languages, cultures and borders. Guatemala certainly has its own identity and particularities, but it also shares a great many values with many of the 20+ Latin American countries, which account for almost 10% of the global population. We will take a hands-on approach to the challenges found in business communication across cultures, specifically Latin American culture, including: team and individual communication, as well as face-to-face versus virtual communication. Emphasis will also be placed on how communication differs cross-culturally in leadership roles.

    ECON 4940/5940 Central American Development Economics

    In this course, we are interested in the subtle but crucial role that culture takes in creating relationships with business colleagues and clients across languages, cultures and borders. Guatemala certainly has its own identity and particularities, but it also shares a great many values with many of the 20+ Latin American countries, which account for almost 10% of the global population. We will take a hands-on approach to the challenges found in business communication across cultures, specifically Latin American culture, including: team and individual communication, as well as face-to-face versus virtual communication. Emphasis will also be placed on how communication differs cross-culturally in leadership roles.

     

  • Hill of the Cross, Antigua
  • Santa Clara Convent, Antigua
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