Golden Pavillion 2

IBUS 3033W: Business Communication in a Global Context (equivalent to BA 3033W)

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in South Korea and Japan

Program Dates:


This program is closed and not currently accepting applications for Spring 2024.   The application priority deadline was at noon on October 16, 2023.

Classes: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM, Spring Semester 2024.  This course meets for the full-term.  

Travel dates: May 9 - May 23, 2024. The travel for this course will interfere with graduation/commencement. Students wishing to participate in graduation ceremonies should find an alternate option.  

Here more about the course from the instructor, Nat Bennett, here!


Program Details

    Successful professional communication often requires adaptation to new circumstances and tailoring messages for specific audiences. This course gives students opportunities to develop professional critical thinking and communication skills through discussing, speaking, and writing assignments that focus on business communication both in the United States and in international situations. Coursework emphasizes practicing skills and methods to aim for specific results.   

    South Korea and Japan both enjoy steady democracies, solid economies, and a penchant for pop culture! The respective capitals, Seoul and Tokyo, are two of the busiest, brightest and bustling cities in Asia. General communication styles between these Asian countries and the U.S. can illustrate the most stark contrasts of why it is important to be mindful of culture when communicating across international boundaries. 

    The program hotel(s) will be conveniently located to program activities. Hotel specifics will be provided to participants in the program orientation.  Because networking and community-building are essential components of the program, the expectation is that students will share a room with another program participant. If there are other accommodations that would support a student's access and inclusion on the program, there is an opportunity to request such preferences in the Housing Request Form after confirmation in the program.  Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotels. A welcome dinner and closing dinner are also included in the program fee.

    • 4 credits that substitute for Carlson's BA 3033W course
    • BA or MGMT 3033W fulfills the following LE requirements: WI-upper division 
    • Grading is A-F basis
    • Prerequisites: First Year Writing; Carlson School Junior or Senior  
    • Priority will go to students who have 100+ credits. If you are a student with alternative considerations, such as DRC accommodations for a reduced course load, please contact the Program Manager to discuss how we can support your application.
    • Students with a GPA below 2.0 will be conditionally accepted pending a conversation with the Program Manager about academic success

    U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to travel to South Korea and Japan. If you already have a passport, you need to check the expiration date and confirm that it is more than seven months after the program ends. If you do not have a passport, or your passport needs to be renewed, you will need to apply for one immediately upon confirmation.

    A visa is a document that proves that travel into a particular country has been approved by their governing body. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days for tourism in South Korea and Japan. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the South Korean and Japanese consulates regarding visa requirements and fees. A consulate is a foreign government's official place of residence and representation in a foreign country. While consulates provide passports, birth registration, and many other services, they also have consular sections which issue visas for foreign citizens to visit, study, and work in their country. If you carry a passport other than a U.S. passport and are required to carry a visa into South Korea and/or Japan, you will be responsible for securing your visa; you will work closely with the Program Manager (Candice Bonrud) to make sure you have any University-specific documentation that you need.

    To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on September 1, 2023 and the priority deadline is 12:00 pm (noon) on October 16, 2023. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications to competitive programs will be selected via lottery.  Students will be informed of their application decision in about seven to ten days after the priority deadline.

    This tends to be a very competitive program and space is limited. Applications received after the priority noon deadline may not be reviewed if the volume of applications received by the priority deadline is too high. 

    Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

    30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students.

    Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM, Spring Semester 2024. This course meets for the full spring semester.  This course will be taught by senior lecturer Nat Bennett ( of the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship department. The pre-departure classes are a fundamental component of the curriculum. These pre-departure classes are partly discussion-based given the broad range of diverse and complex challenges faced in international business, and therefore the quality of the student experience is dependent upon all students attending and participating in the pre-departure classes.

    In order to be eligible to participate in the international portion of this class, students must maintain satisfactory academic performance as determined by the instructor. If your academic performance prevents you from participating in the international component of the course, you will not receive a refund of the program fee. Please bring any concerns about this directly to the Program Manager (Candice Bonrud).

    The program starts with a city tour and welcome dinner. The program includes guest lectures, company visits and cultural activities. Included in the program is time for a small amount of independent exploration.

    Please contact Program Manager, Candice Bonrud, if you have additional questions about the schedule.

Cost Estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details are subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.  

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

2023-2024 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau. Please see One Stop for more information about tuition rate) $0
Program Fee (including international airfare between Minnesota and Asia, regional transportation, hotels, program events, two group meals, local transportation to group activities, and international health insurance*) $6,600
International and domestic airfare (included in Program Fee) $0
Hotel Accommodation (including daily breakfasts) $0
Passport and Photos $165
Course Materials $100
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in the program fee) $300
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry) $400
Total $7,565
This table is a function of the website. No program fee will be charged if travel is cancelled.


Academic term(s)
May 2-week travel (with Spring on campus course)
Degree level
South Korea
Carlson Global Institute (CGI)
Program Model