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Comparative UK-US Business Practices (BUS 329 or BUS 349)  (3 credits) 


Course Goals:

  • To learn basic theories and concepts involved in international business.
  • To gain an in-depth knowledge of another country (or region) other than one’s own such that the student can analyze the social, economic, and political environment of that country.  (England)
  • To understand the external forces – economic, political, social, and physical – that impact organizations whose operations cross national borders.
  • To relate the impact of these forces to the management of the functional areas of an international company: marketing, finance, accounting, and human resource management.
  • To develop an understanding of what is commonly referred to as globalization and its implications.

Why consider this course abroad?

  1. It offers both major/minor related credit in business.  It can count as either BUS 329 or BUS 349
  2. Travel with Dr. Gabie Kerr and learn from her experience living in England
  3. Site visits to several international companies.
  4. Excursions throughout England and a weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland
  5. Work on a key competency employers are looking for:


Perfect for BUSINESS students. Open to all!

Faculty Information:


Dr. Gabie Kerr, Lecturer in Management
Thaw Hall 203A
(865) 273-8872


Tentative Program Fee :  $4,300

Program Fee Includes:

Airfare (approx. $1200)
Local transportation
Housing (in a CASTLE!!!)
All excursions & cultural activities (except free days) - including travel to Scotland and London!
Most meals 
Travel medical insurance 

$200 deposit

Not Included:

  • $100 application fee
  • Passport $145
  • Immunizations (http://www.cdc.gov/travel)
    Personal expenses
    Some meals  $150
  • Specialty activities (free days)

Program Highlights

  • Spend 2 weeks immersed in the beauty, history, and culture of England. 
  • Harlaxton Manor is the most unique study abroad location in the UK.  Set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside in the heart of England, Harlaxton allows you to enjoy the peace of the British Midlands.
  • Visits to amazing international businesses throughout England (Triumph Motorcycles, Manchester Football Club, London Stock Exchange or Business School, & Land Rover.
  • Visits to London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham and Belvoir!


Tentative Itinerary - May 2021

  • Day 1 : Departure for England
    Day 2 : Arrival in London & Travel to Harlaxton.  Orientation and settling into life at the castle.
    Day 3 : AM: Guest lecture, house tour.  PM: Class time and visit to talk with the Directors of Wyndham Park, Grantham.
    Day 4 : Visit to Birmingham, England and Land Rover Factory tour.  Free time to explore Birmingham.  Afternoon class at Harlaxton.
    Day 5 :  Harlaxton/Grantham - class at Harlaxton and time to explore Grantham.  Visit with a local nonprofit /community organization.  
    Day 6 : Harlaxton/Edinburgh, Scotland  - Morning class time at Harlaxton.  Train to Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Day 7 - 8 : Edinburgh, Scotland - Visit St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle , Harry Potter Walking Tour, and time to explore the Royal Mile, Prince's Street Gardens, Arthur's Seat, Calton Hill.
    Day 9 : Manchester, England - Visit to Manchester football club.  
    Day 10 : Harlaxton/Belvoir, England - Gest lecture & class time at Harlaxton.   Coach to Belvoir Castle.
    Day 11 : Leicester, England - Visit to Triumph Motorcycle factory. Time to explore Leicester market and city.  Visit to Leicester Cathedral and Richard III Memorial.
    Day 12 : Harlaxton/London, England - Class time at Harlaxton.  Travel to London, England.
    Day 13-14 : London, England - Visits to London Business School or London Stock Exchange, Houses of Parliament Tour. Class time in London.  Oyster (tube) cards provided.
    Day 15 : Travel to USA

U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet 

Level 2. Exercise increased caution due to possible terrorism https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/UnitedKingdom.htmls.html

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

  • o To enter the United Kingdom, your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your planned stay.
  • Starting June 2019, U.S. passport holders will be able to use the ePassport Gates upon arrival in the United Kingdom. U.S. citizens who had previously registered for the UK’s Registered Traveller Service (RTS) should now also use the ePassport Gates on arrival in the UK.
  • If you are planning onward travel after departing the UK, note that many other countries require at least six months’ remaining validity on your passport to enter. If you are bound for Continental Europe, please see our U.S. travelers in Europe page for additional details.
  • Visas for specific categories of visitors must be obtained prior to travel. Visit the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website to determine if you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom. We cannot intervene on your behalf when you apply for a UK visa, nor can we advocate for your admission into the UK if you are denied entry.
  • Students and prospective students should visit the UKVI website to determine if they need a visa.
  • Unpaid and paid workers, interns, volunteers, charity workers, and temporary workers can find information about obtaining a visa on the UKVI website.
  • Visitors traveling to the United Kingdom to get married, even if they do not plan to reside there, must obtain a visa in advance. See the UKVI website for visa information.
  • Surcharges apply to certain categories of visas, generally those involving work, study, or residency for more than six months. More information is available on the UKVI website and in our Health section below.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of the United Kingdom.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Reference: current information from Travel.State.Gov 12/13/19

CIA World Factbook - United Kingdom


United Kingdom Tourism


Lonely Planet Guidebook


Travel Tips





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Map of this  Travel Study Program


Source: Google Maps

How it Works:

  • Travel with an expert faculty member (Dr. Gabie Kerr)
  • Travel with a group of Maryville students on a short term study abroad program
  • 3 academic credits
  • This is an interactive learning experience. You are learning about the course topic with the international destination and a castle as your classroom.
  • **May-term course & travel**

Who can participate?

You! Travel Study programs are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.  This program will admit approx.10+ students.

Registration & Application:

Please follow the below instructions to apply for a Travel Study program.  Do not miss our application deadlines!

You may list up to 3 preferences on the  travel study program application. You are encouraged to select more than one site as this improves your chances on being placed on a travel study program.  Only list programs you would be happy to be selected for.  You will be considered first for your first place site.


Selection will be conducted by the faculty leaders. Selection decisions are based upon the entire application packet: application, essay, references, GPA, student conduct, etc. In addition, faculty leaders look for a match between the student's goals and the goals of the programs.  The selection process varies by program, however applicants should be prepared for an interview as part of the acceptance process.

Special Considerations: 

Many locations will not be wheelchair accessible and terrain may be uneven in many places. There will be a moderate amount of walking 2-3 miles at a leisurely pace.

Get More Information:

  • Travel Study Program Information Meeting: Meetings will take place during early Fall 2020 (Watch Today@MC for information)
  • Talk to Faculty Leaders about the program you are interested in.


  • Travel Study faculty-led program application form 
  • Due:  ONLINE by October 1 with a $100 application fee.  This fee DOES NOT count towards the cost of the program. 
  • Travel Study scholarship applications will be due to the Center for International Education (International House) by October 1 by 12noon Scholarship deadlines will not be extended for late applicants.

Tentative Timeline:


Application Available Now Apply Online
Application Deadline October 1, noon All online materials, including scholarship application must be submitted by 12noon
Interviews Begin October 5 - 9 All students will interview with the faculty leader(s)
Notification of Acceptance (and scholarship) Monday, October 26 Via email before 5:00pm
Confirmation of Acceptance Due November 2, noon Confirmation of acceptance with $200 deposit due by 12noon
Payment 1 Due December 1, noon 50% of payment due by 12noon
Final Payment Due February 1, noon Remaining balance due (full balance must be paid at this time)
Mandatory CIE Orientation 3 part WEBINAR Required for all participants. Quiz due by Feb 15th
Program Specific Pre-departure TBD To be determined by Dr. Kerr


Applications received without a $100 application fee will not be considered.  The $100 application fee does not go towards the program fee, but the deposit does.

REFUND POLICY: Students who are not selected will receive a refund of this application fee. Otherwise it is non-refundable. If you decline a place offered to you it is non-refundable.  Visit here for more information on our Travel Study Withdrawal Policies

*Sample Confirmation of Commitment Paperwork you will be asked to sign when you make a deposit.

Worried about your program investment - check out Cancel for Any Reason Trip Interruption insurance (not included)

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Travel Study Application + $100 Fee  Due October 1

Applications received without a $100 application fee will not be considered.  The $100 application fee does not go towards the program fee, but the deposit does.

Deposit of $200 Fee with Confirmation of Acceptance:    Due November 2

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