Central Europe: Global Business Experience

Spring/Summer 2018: July 20 - August 5, 2018

*Students must arrive in Krakow, Poland to meet the group on July 21, 2018. The program ends in Austria where students will depart.

Join the Wayne State University School of Business for a 17-day trip to Austria and Poland. The students will travel to Austria and Poland to learn about a variety of Eastern European companies and corporations that have left a mark on the international business community. 

Earn 3 credit hours in 17 experience-rich days of study and exploration in two historic and culturally vibrant Central Europe countries. The course includes meetings with domestic and international companies, tours of corporate manufacturing and distribution facilities, interaction with business, government and academic professionals and tours of cultural and historic sites.

Participants will explore Austria and Poland, taking a "deep dive" into economic, political and social issues that impact international and local businesses in Austria and Poland. Students will visit Wroclaw University, one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe, the fascinating salt mines of Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau, the World War II Nazi concentration camp. Free time will allow visits other sites of personal interest.

Program Dates are July 21- August 5, 2018. Please note that participants must arrive to meet with the faculty-leader in Krakow on July 21, 2018. Many flights depart U.S./Canada and arrive in Europe 1 day later. This means students must depart U.S./Canada on or before July 20, 2018.


Program Cost: $1,928 excluding tuition and airfare 

Costs Included:
Accommodation, daily breakfast, group transfers, walking and driving tours, some group dinners, international health insurance, and administrative fees.

Additional Costs:
Roundtrip airfare, additional meals, personal expenses, passport processing fees, tuition.

Payment Information:

A non-refundable deposit of $628 and first payment of $650 will be due on February 27th, 2018. The remaining balance of $650 is due on March 23, 2018.

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or to make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.

In addition to program cost, students will pay current published fees to WSU for 1-3 credit hours at the appropriate level through the normal tuition payment process. Students with questions regarding the tuition and fee assessment rate may contact Registration and Scheduling at (313) 577-3541 or view:http://www.classschedule.wayne.edu/

Passport and Visa:
In order to travel to Poland and Austria, you will need a passport which is valid for 6 months after your return date. Please click here for more general information on passports and visas.


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Austria and Poland

Course work

The Directed Study-Central Europe class will be listed in Summer Schedule and will count as SCM Elective, MKT elective, or MGT elective of 3 credits. It is also open to MBA's and could count towards one of the three elective courses for the SCM, MBA Concentration, the International Business Concentration, the Management Concentration, or the Marketing Concentration – in all cases students should talk to advisors about how it will count towards your degree.

Course subject to availability and student selection will be based on various criteria.


Dr. Lori Sisk

Prerequisites and Eligibility:
Undergraduate and graduate Wayne State University School of Business students are eligible to participate as well students from other universities and colleges interested in receiving college level credits.

Selection of applicants is done on a rolling basis; students are evaluated and considered for admission throughout the academic year. You will be notified of your acceptance status by the Study Abroad Programs Office. If you wish to participate, you will be required to sign and return the Decision Form and Waiver and Release Statement to accept the terms of the program and secure your place.

Apply now

Complete the application here.

What happens next?
After you submit your application, transcript, and $50 application fee, we will forward it to the program director (usually the professor leading the program) who makes the final admissions decision. Each program has a slightly different set of criteria. If anything else is required, someone will contact you. After we receive the decision, we will send you a letter informing you of the outcome. If you are admitted, you will have until February 27th to accept your place and pay your non-refundable deposit as well as first payment. 

If you are adding into the program dates you are expected to become current with payments upon acceptance.

All correspondence and acceptance will be made by our office via email. Be sure to list an email address that you regularly check on your application. It is your responsibiltiy to make sure you are receiving pertinent documents. If you are worried that your email account is rejecting our email, please contact our office immediately.

For more information, please contact:

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs
Office: (313) 577-3207


Dr. Lori Sisk
Lecturer of Global Supply Chain Management
Mike Illitch School of Business
Phone: (313) 577-4525
Email: ap4585@wayne.edu