Twenty-two Murdoch University students will spend three weeks in Europe developing the skills that will help them be a success in the global marketplace.
The unique study tour has been developed by Patricia Fulcher, Associate Dean International of the Murdoch Business School (MBS). It aims to give students the confidence and practical skills to be able to cope if working overseas or travelling overseas on business.
“It is becoming increasingly important that employees have staff who travel internationally and can hit the ground running once they arrive, so I developed this study tour with the aim of creating graduates who can both travel and work confidently internationally,” Mrs Fulcher said.
“Global competence is not necessarily about speaking the language.
“It is about respecting cultural sensitivities while still getting the job done.
“This study tour differs from the majority because it allows for in depth immersion over a short stay study tour period.”
Adrian Forrest from Bibra Lake is studying International Business and will be going on the inaugural study tour.
“I’ve had friends who’ve done student exchanges or trips overseas and as a result it’s helped them to find a job,” he said.
“Ending up with a degree and also taking part in an international study tour shows that you’ve been proactive and will hopefully help me stand out when I apply for jobs.
“For me this study tour ticks two boxes – it allows me to further my education with the added bonus of being able to travel.”
Students will travel through three countries spending time in Barcelona, Rome and Dubrovnik.
In each city they will have a chance to see the main tourist attractions, immerse themselves in the culture through carefully planned and guided tours and see university life from a different perspective by visiting other universities. They will also visit a variety of businesses in Perth before they depart and similar businesses overseas so that they can compare the operational differences.
The International Study Tour will run each year over the mid year winter term and is open to any Murdoch student from any course area.