USA Global Intensive

You will be introduced to issues related to business globalisation within a North American context. You will have the opportunity to work in multi- and cross-disciplinary teams, and benefit from exposure of the ideas, knowledge and skills of peers from other disciplines, programs and year-levels.

Washington DC, USA

This global intensive is suitable for Postgraduate students of any discipline and will be taking place 6 January - 20 January 2018.

During the two week intensive study period in the United States, you will be involved in, A cultural and historic tour of Washington DC, Lectures by leading American business school professors at the University of Maryland, Site visits and briefings from: International Monetary Fund, World Bank, GE, Marriot International Inc, Stanley Black and Decker, Wal-mart, Capital One and Austrade. During the first couple of days a very intensive tour of Washington DC will take place and all of the major monuments will be visited with stops at Mt Vernon, George Washington’s ancestral home, Arlington Cemetery and many more iconic places. On the second day a half day visit to Annapolis, the training HQ’s of the US Navy is one of the most memorable visits of the program.

An optional visit to New York City is provided whereby you will explore and visit the sights of the big Apple as you wish.


The USA is the world's foremost economic power, with global interests and an unmatched global reach.

America's gross domestic product accounts for close to a quarter of the world total, and its military budget is reckoned to be almost as much as the rest of the world's defence spending put together.

The country is also a major source of entertainment: American TV, Hollywood films, jazz, blues, rock and rap music are primary ingredients in global popular culture.

The United States originated in a revolution which separated it from the British Crown. The constitution, drafted in 1787, established a federal system with a division of powers which has remained unchanged in form since its inception.

The USA contains a highly diverse population, the product of numerous and sustained waves of immigration. Ethnic and racial diversity - the "melting pot" - is celebrated as a core element of the American ideology.

Washington DC

Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington DC is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation’s capital. From its beginning, it has been embroiled in political manoeuvring, sectional conflicts, national identity, compromise and of course, power.

After more than 200 years as the nation’s capital, Washington is brimming with a unique history of its own. It has developed as a complex and layered city with multiple personalities. As home to the federal government, it has attracted a diverse mix of government workers, members of Congress from every state, foreign emissaries, lobbyists, petitioners and protestors. While elected and appointed officials come and go giving the city its reputation as a transient community, many of the city’s residents have called Washington home for multiple generations. Their stories give Washington its distinctive character as both a national and local city.

The University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park, founded in 1859, is a public institution. It is among the nation's most distinguished public research universities, attracting top students and renowned faculty from around the world. Maryland takes the lead in teaching undergraduates, providing more than 100 innovative and challenging academic programs, many nationally recognized for their exceptional quality. Opportunities for research, internships, leadership, recreation and creativity abound with its suburban location. Close-knit residence communities, distinctive programs for academically talented students and a proud multicultural community make Maryland the university to choose for an outstanding education. Its 1,212-acre campus is located in College Park, nine miles from downtown Washington, DC.


  • Date of overseas tour: Saturday 6 to Saturday 20 January 2018
  • Pre Tour Workshops: 4-5 November and 11-12 November 2017
  • Post Tour Workshop: TBA
  • Students must attend ALL classes unless ill, in which case they must obtain a medical certificate as evidence of their illness

Overseas Course Content/Topics

Based on the 2016 program, topics covered overseas include*:

Lectures by leading American business school professors at the University of Maryland:

  • Global Supply Chain
  • Change Management
  • E-Marketing
  • Cross-Cultural Management

Site visits and briefings by:

  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • GE
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Wal-Mart
  • Capital One

A cultural and historical tour of Washington, DC

An optional three-day visit to New York City

* Please note that the program changes from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

Course content and assessment

You will enrol in the course:

ISYS2373 – Business Globalisation: A Study Abroad USA

Assessment tasks may include:

  • Reflective Journals
  • Research Report
  • Case Studies
  • Essays

How to apply and information sessions

Complete the Globalisation in Practise – A Study Abroad USA Mobi application form by 31 August 2017.

As there are limited places available, students are encouraged to apply early to avoid disapointment.

Information Sessions

Book into an information session via CareerHub


Friday 7th April, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Friday 21st April 6:00-7:00, 80.09.10

Wednesday 26th April, 12.30-1.30pm, 80.08.13

Friday 28th April, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10


Wednesday 3rd May, 12:30-1:30pm, 80.08.55

Friday 5th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Wednesday 10th May, 12.30-1.30pm, 80.08.13

Friday 12th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Friday 19th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10

Friday 26th May, 6.00-7.00pm, 80.09.10


To be confirmed

Further information

For any enquires contact Dr. Paul R. Cerotti