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Summer 2022 - IDIS 3695

Global Perspectives: Toronto & Montreal, Canada

August 28-September 4, 2022
4 Units

Program Fee: $3,490 (in addition to per unit tuition costs)

Join this very exciting program to learn firsthand how Canada, while being the largest trading partner of the United States, is significantly different in a multitude of ways.  The culture, currency, politics, language, and country climate are distinct from that of the United States.  

Gain skills in understanding the complexities of global business as we visit two world-class cities in Canada, Montreal, and Toronto.  

Montreal will feel like France in many ways. Enjoy the french food and language as we examine firsthand the significant changes going on in Montreal’s business and cultural climate. Visit Mile End, one of North America's most hip neighborhoods. Enjoy the excitement and flavors of Vieux-Montreal, (Old-Montreal) where the city began.

Toronto, Canada’s largest city is headquarters to major Canadian corporations and start-ups. Enjoy the beautiful Harbourfront Center, The CNN Tower, The Eaton Center, and King Street, all key destinations in Toronto.  Experience unique cultural opportunities in both of these fascinating cities.

The program fee includes in-country hotel accommodations, private coach and English-speaking guide, sightseeing, meals, drinks as listed in your itinerary, and Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance (plan details/coverage provided by Worldstrides). This in-country fee is in addition to the 4 units of tuition. 

Global Business Travel Study for Graduate Students

Faculty Directors

Application Timeline:
Application OpensApplication ClosesApplication Decisions ReleasedStudent Commitment Required

April 1 at noon PST

April 6 at noon PST April 11th April 13th at 6:00pm PST


Nydia MacGregor


Phyllis Brock

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This intensive 8-day trip offers students the unique opportunity to examine various and complex issues relating to conducting business from the perspective of experts in that country. The program is designed to be an in-depth exposure to relevant cultural, legal, and sociopolitical aspects of the business environment, as well as to gain an understanding of what it means to be in a different market of the global marketplace. Professionals and experts who work and teach in the country will provide unique insights and expertise on multi-faceted aspects of the business environment during at least 7 company visits.

  • Understand the historical, socio-political, financial, and cultural aspects relevant to conducting business abroad.
  • Identify unique aspects of businesses including the impact of the government policies, socio-economic concerns, and cultural influences on business decisions.
  • Compare and contrast the social, legal, and political aspects of business environments compared to the business environment in the U.S.
  • As a U.S. national, identify and evaluate the challenges for doing business abroad.
  • Analyze how the institutions of international trade, investment, and financing impact corporate strategy, structure, and operations outside the U.S.

This course carries four units of credit, and is taught by Profs. Nydia Macgregor and Prof. Brock. They will be responsible for conducting required in-person class meetings or online course content, all sessions in-country, grading the student’s academic submissions, and providing final grades.  There will be mandatory pre-trip classes on campus.

The fees for this class are as follows:

  • Course tuition (4 Units)
  • Flat travel program fee of $3,490,  which covers the cost of: lodging in-country; in-country ground transportation as required for the company and cultural visits (as applicable); group breakfasts, group lunches, and group dinners, as set out in the detailed itinerary; Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) medical/travel insurance; in-country guide and Faculty Director costs.
  • Round-trip travel to the in-country portion of the course, transportation from the arrival airport (and to the return airport), together with other travel-related expenses (e.g: telephone usage, other meals, entertainment, gifts, personal items, Covid testing, etc.) is the responsibility of each student
  • Obtaining additional medical/travel insurance, beyond what is included in the Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) package, is HIGHLY recommended.  It is the student’s responsibility to acquire and pay for any additional coverage needed to cover their individual expenses (plane fare, etc.).
  • Visa, if required, must be acquired and paid for by the student.

Enrollment will be by application only. The application link will be available on this website and will open at 12:00pm PST on Friday, April 1st. Applications are timestamped. Priority will be given to students based upon units completed in the MBA program and order of applications received.  Space is limited and typically fills up quickly.


Students are expected to complete selected reading assignments before class, actively participate in class discussions, and be prepared for all in-country company visits.  Typical course assignments are as follows: 

  • Industry Research paper        
  • Company research paper        
  • Participation & Journal           
  • Local Research assignment     
  • Final paper                            

There will be a minimum of 7 company visits while in-country.

Students will be required to read textbooks, articles and case studies, to be determined and selected by the Faculty Director prior to the start of the in-country session.

Attendance at all sessions, both at SCU and in-country is mandatory. In addition to the lectures, company visits, and any additional networking or other events in-country, students will be required to attend eight hours of lectures with the faculty director and guest speakers, at times to be scheduled during the quarter on weekends prior to the departure date.  A syllabus with specifics will be distributed at the first class meeting.

Global Perspectives enrollment is through an application process. Students must complete the application and meet all the requirements to be considered for the course. Note:  Students will be charged a non-refundable $500 deposit if their application is accepted and the student commits to participate by the required deadline.  This deposit is non-refundable and will be used to secure CFAR insurance and cover any initial fees required by our travel partner, Worldstrides.  If the trip is canceled, any unused portion of the deposit may be refunded.

All students are expected to meet the following requirements at the time of application, as well as throughout the period leading up to and including the designated Global Perspectives Business course:

  1.  Minimum of two-quarters residency in MBA program
  2.  Cumulative GPA of a 3.0
  3.  Good standing with the University
  4.  Priority will be given to students based upon units completed.

Participation Limitation
Students may participate in a maximum of two Global Business Perspectives courses in their MBA program.  Students who have not participated in a trip will have preference in the application process over those who have already traveled with Global Perspectives. 

Participation Payment
For accepted students, the Global Perspectives program fees will be billed as part of your May bill from the Bursar’s Office. Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) medical and travel insurance is also included in the program fees.  If a student needs to cancel for any reason after payment is made, there will be a cancellation protection plan in place.  Admitted students will need to familiarize themselves with the terms of all applicable insurance policies.

Withdrawal from Program
Students who no longer wish to participate in a Global Business Perspectives course must notify the Graduate Business Programs Office at in writing and will be responsible for the non-refundable deposit.  Students also may be responsible for travel-related administrative program and tuition fees depending on the timelines of the notification to the travel component.  Students agree to be charged the non-refundable deposit at the time of application.

Course Cancellation
The Graduate Business Programs reserves the right to cancel a Global Business Perspectives course, or travel component, at any time due to low enrollment and other circumstances beyond the control of the University, including but not limited to unforeseen Acts of God.  Again, please note that the deposit is non-refundable and will be used to secure CFAR insurance and cover any initial fees required by our travel partner, Worldstrides.  If the trip is canceled, any unused portion of the deposit may be refunded.

Students agree to comply with all COVID rules set out by the University or Faculty Directors and to adhere to destination country protocols. All participants must be vaccinated and take any additional tests as deemed needed by SCU or Faculty Directors, such as pre-travel COVID tests and in-country testing.

To request academic accommodations for a disability, students must contact Disabilities Resources, located on the second floor of Benson. Phone numbers are (408) 554-4111; TTY (408) 554-5445. Students must register and provide documentation of a disability to Disabilities Resources prior to receiving academic accommodations.