A hallmark of the MS Finance program is its emphasis on the global financial environment with focus on international financial management, relationships, markets, and transactions. The program fully integrates international concepts and practice in all courses, and the peak of this integration is the MS Finance study abroad experience.
The program has a 2-course component specifically focusing on international finance, and the study-abroad experience is part of that component. These two courses, currently offered each summer, are
- FINANC 8010 Multicultural and Global Finance Study Abroad
- FINANC 8012 International Financial Markets
Both of these courses coordinate to enhance the study abroad experience. The experience involves travel for one week during the summer session to a selected international location and features activities such as
- visits to business and government organizations
- classes taught by professors from a host-country university
- cultural experiences in the host country
The MS Finance program covers travel and lodging expenses for all MS Finance students (with some limitations, see note 1).
Because of the significance of international financial relationships in today’s world economy, the study abroad experience is a required component of the program. Certain circumstances might arise, however, that prevent a student from traveling to a location within the duration of the student’s program. In that case, the student may petition the Director of the MS program to allow the student to enroll in FINANCE 8010/12 and substitute an appropriate project for the study abroad experience.
(Note 1) The MS Finance program supports the international experience by covering the following costs: the price of an economy-class airline ticket from the country of the student’s residence to the site location to a maximum of $2,000; cost of shared-occupancy lodging in the host country; program travel within the host country; and certain group meals during the program. Any additional costs of the airline ticket, travel to the location, single-occupancy lodging, and other expenses are the responsibility of the student.