Study tours have become very popular at Alfred University providing students with a unique, credit bearing opportunity. College of Business faculty have supported past tours to France, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, China, and Ecuador and are actively planning new excursions.
Recent examples of study tours:
- Every two years over March spring break, a group of students board a Carnival cruise ship to study the operations of the floating city while visiting countries in the Caribbean to experience how travel and tourism is interrelated with business strategies. In March 2014, we visited Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize City and toured businesses to learn about their operations while seeing first-hand how shore excursions operate.
- Each January, students travel through the cities of Munich, Stuttgart, and Heidenheim, Germany to study the German Auto Industry, Robotics and Lean Manufacturing. We typically visit Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, MAN Truck and Diesel, and Kuka Robotics, and additionally participate with Germany university students in an international business simulation. The course is conducted in English so German language proficiency is not required.
- In January 2009 and 2010, a group of students traveled through the cities of Munich, Stuttgart, and Heidenheim, Germany with professors Frank Duserick and Amy Rummel. With a goal to understand the importance of having a global strategic vision for the social, political, and cultural environments in which today’s businesses operate, students visited several local businesses within the area to fully understand the globally strategic theme. Some highlights from the 10 day tour included: the Cathedral of Ulm, the Medieval Crime Museum, Huber Group Automotive, Nymphenburg Palace, and OSI International Foods.