The Summer Multi-Site Business in Europe Program was conceived by Professor Thomas M. Porcano in 1995. It was first offered during the summer 1996 with Professors Thomas M. Porcano and Wayne Staton as teachers and on-site coordinators. The program has been offered 21 times (years).
The Summer Multi-Site Business in Europe Program’s purpose as an academic program always has been to provide students with an enriched global experience via three components: (1) in-class learning, (2) guided discovery via professional speakers and interactions and guided tours, and (3) personal discoveries through personal travels within base cities and between base cities.
The idea behind the program was to offer a unique experience to students while taking advantage of the business, cultural, historical, and social opportunities in Western Europe. At the time the program was conceived, business study-abroad programs offered in the summer generally used one city as a base and students could travel independently if they had free time but they always returned to the same base city. With globalization expanding rapidly, that model seemed out of date and out of touch – a program that utilized several base cities would provide a more-enriched experience for the students because it could provide interactive opportunities in multiple cities with multiple events/professionals. Additionally, it would make the students’ independent travel more efficient and effective since they would travel toward the next base city as opposed to having to return to the same base city.
Professor Porcano earned Bachelor’s, Master's and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University (Bloomington) and Professor Staton earned Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Miami University (Ohio) and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from the University of Akron. Each has been nominated for and has won a variety of teaching awards. In addition, each has extensive experience abroad.
Since its inception, more than 1,400 students majoring in a variety of fields have participated in the program. Students from Appalachian State University, College of Charleston, Gonzaga University, Indiana University, Indiana State University, Miami University (Ohio), Saint Joseph University (Philadelphia), Thomas More College, University of Arizona, University of Dayton, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Missouri, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, and Wittenberg University have participated in the program.
Students in the program take ACCT 490 – Special Topics in Accounting and CLAW 490 – Special Topics in Commercial Law. Credit is earned from the University of Louisville’s College of Business, so students will have the credit transferred to their home universities. Each course is three credit hours; thus, each student will earn six credit hours. The courses meet a variety of requirements depending on the student’s course of study and home university.
While in a base city, we stay at hotels that can accommodate the group. The hotels must have conference rooms that can be set up in classroom style and have dining facilities. In the 21 previous programs, we have used the following base cities: Agii Aposotoli, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Cannes, Florence, Geneva, The Hague, London, Lauterbrunnen, Luxembourg, Munich, Paris, Poros, Rome, and Zurich.
In the 21 previous programs we have visited a variety of facilities including: Acropolis [Athens], Dachau [Munich], European Court of Justice [Luxembourg], European Union - U.S. offices [Brussels], Heineken Brewery [Amsterdam], International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) [Paris], Montserrat [Barcelona], Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn [Lauterbrunnen], Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) [Paris], Vatican [Vatican City], Windsor Castle [Windsor], World Court [The Hague], World Trade Organization (WTO) [Geneva], World War II D-Day beaches [Normandy], and numerous businesses.
In the "More Info" section, you will find the following: (1) what the courses/program do for you; (2) list of guest speakers and field trips in the most-recent program; (3) ACCT 490 syllabus [note: this is the most-recent program’s syllabus; the 2019 syllabus is in progress]; (4) CLAW 490 syllabus [note: this is the most-recent program’s syllabus; the 2019 syllabus is in progress]; (5) non-program travel opportunities (these are optional, non-program events); (6) a list of some places students have visited during independent travel between base cities; and, (7) some comments from people associated with the program.