Why Become a Global Scholar?
Topics and issues taught both on the Bradley campus and in international environments will develop within students a capacity to assess international business opportunities and to understand business in the context of different cultures. To earn the GSP designation, students will complete a program of study that includes two international experiences.
The Global Scholars Program provides:
- Recognition by the dean of the Foster College and citation at the Foster College Honors Reception!
- Recognition on your transcript as having achieved the Global Scholars designation!
- Opportunity to study abroad as early as your sophomore year with introductory study abroad program in China, India or Mexico!
- Social interaction with guest speakers, Bradley alumni, and international students!
The first is a three credit course during a student's sophomore year that includes a one week in-country experience in China (I B 204; next trip: Spring 2014), India (I B 205; next trip: Spring 2013), or Mexico (I B 208). The in-country trip is held over spring break so as to minimize interference with the student's coursework.
The course starts with a 7-week in-class overview of sociocultural, religious, historical, economics, and political contexts. Students examine the blend of traditional value systems and global modernization as influenced on contemporary business practices.
Then follows an in-country trip during spring break that allows students to experience first hand what they have learned. Students visit many cultural sites (e.g. Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Xochimilco, Great Wall, Forbidden City, India Gate or Taj Mahal). All country trips also include business visits to factories, corporate headquarters, state enterprises, and entrepreneurs. Students return from the trip and integrate their experiences back in the classroom for the second half of the semester.