Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana

Brazil Program

Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil

Contemporary Business Issues in Brazil
Dr. Pete Sherman
Dates: March 1-10 , 2013

Course: Upon acceptance, students will be registered by the Office of Study Abroad for the Spring Semester course, BUS 380 for 3-credit hours. The course will meet 5-7 times on campus before and after the program abroad. Pre-requisites: Students of all majors are invited to participate. Pre-requisites include Econ 101, ID 150 or approval of a similar course. Contact with questions.

Cost: The program fee is $3650 and scholarship funding is available. The program fee includes the following costs:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • RT flight between RIO-SAO
  • Visa & processing
  • Ground transportation to program activities
  • Company visits
  • Guest Speakers
  • Cultural visits & tours (does not include tips for guides)
  • Opening & closing dinners

The travel fee does not cover:

  • International Airfare (est. $1125-1400)
  • Lunch & most dinners (est. $20-45/day)
  • Gratuities and tips for tour guides
  • Spending money
  • Nightlife
  • Passport application fees (should a student need to apply for a passport)

Application Process (Priority deadline: Nov. 1st):

This course is designed to introduce students to the business practices in Brazil. The course will help students to understand the various business, political and cultural aspects of working and living in Brazil. The course will provide hands on experience in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Specific topics will include discussions of the impact of current issues influencing business in Brazil including, but not limited to:

  • The economic impact of major sporting events on host cites (world cup and Olympics)
  • The role of Trade agreement such as Mercosul; an economic and political agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  • Corporate responsibility in addressing poverty in Brazil.
  • Doing Business in Brazil; developing models of doing business that deliberately target lower socioeconomic groups.
  • Issues related to BRIC countries (Can Brazil compete effectively with India and China)?
  • Ethics and corruption in Brazilian business and politics.

Students will be immersed in real-world business conditions through visits to local companies, in which they will hear first hand from executives who are currently navigating today’s challenging global business environment. During such visits, students will learn first-hand specific strategies firms are taking in order to retain and increase their global competitiveness.