International Business Seminars

International Business Seminars - Virtual Australia Winter

Virtual Australia Winter

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Dates: December 12 to 23, 2020
Locations: Sydney and Cairns, Australia

International Business & Global Economics in the Australian Context

IBS has developed a completely online program that allows you to interact with business executives in Australia. Using our vast network of relationships, you will have the opportunity to learn how companies in Australia are operating, adapting and being creative in these challenging times. Participants will get an inside look into the Australian economy, business etiquette and will explore some of the most famous locations in the country through live virtual tours. Participants will also have cross-cultural discussions with Australian students and collaborate with students from across the US. Earn credits, stay connected and capitalize on the opportunity to gain relevant international experience without leaving home.

Seminar Highlights:


  • Virtually Visit Sydney and Cairns, Australia.
  • Experience virtual city tours to see the most well-known attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and more.
  • Participate in an Aussie slang language lesson as well as an optional Aussie cooking lesson.

Business Experience:

  • Learn from business executives at global companies such as Deloitte, Reserve Bank of Australia, and more.
  • View international business practices in a variety of industries, including finance, marketing, economics, and more.
  • Experience an opportunity to network with global executives, like-minded students, and university professors.

Why Virtual Study Abroad Now?

  • Meet with six global companies and learn about their response to COVID-19.
  • Discuss global supply chain interruptions, the extreme shifts in the global market, and the implications of working in a variety of industries.
  • Join the global conversation and gain new perspectives in a unique way.
  • Learn about international business from local executives during this historic time.
  • Demonstrate your creativity and adaptability to future employers by being one of the first to participate in a virtual study abroad experience.
  • Gain international experience and perspectives in a time where global travel is limited.
  • Connect and network with future business leaders from other US universities.
  • Access a global network of aspiring young leaders.
  • Stay on track and skill-up while staying at home.
  • Have an international experience without having to take time off work or school.
  • See the world without the jetlag!

Program Fees:

  • Includes a $500 rebate applicable towards a future travel study abroad seminar from IBS.
  • Does not include tuition from your university.


Dec. 12
4:00 PM PST

5:00 PM PST

Program Orientation (Live interactive presentation)
• Outline structure of virtual experience and meet fellow students

Professor Introduction (Live interactive discussion)
• Faculty presentation on key concepts, expectations, and desired outcomes
Dec. 13
4:00 PM PST

5:00 PM PST
Introduction to Australia (Live interactive presentation)
• General cultural introduction
• Business cultural introduction

Basic Aussie Slang Lesson (Live interactive lesson)

Dec. 14
4:00 PM PST

5:00 PM PST

Introduction to Australian Students Peer Teams
• Welcome message from American and Australian faculty
• Individual peer team group live discussions

Live Virtual Tour of Sydney Harbour (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Sydney Opera House
• Sydney Harbour Bridge

Dec. 15
4:00 PM PSTUS Commercial Service (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student presentations
• US Commercial Service presentation and Q&A
Dec. 16
4:00 PM PSTATEME (Live presentation)
• Student Presentations
• ATEME Presentation and Q&A
Dec. 17
4:00 PM PST

5:00 PM PST
Reserve Bank of Australia (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• Reserve Bank of Australia Presentation and Q&A

Australian Students Peer Teams Discussion
• Individual peer team group discussions

Dec. 18
4:00 PM PST

5:00 PM PST
Own the Room (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• Own the Room Presentation and Q&A

Faculty Debrief (Live interactive discussion)
• Debrief concepts learned from business presentations

Dec. 19
4:00 PM PSTOptional Activity - Aussie Cooking Lesson (Live lesson)12
Dec. 20
4:00 PM ESTNo Scheduled Activities
Dec. 21
4:00 PM PSTLive Virtual Tour of Cairns (Live interactive tour with local guide)13
Dec. 22
4:00 PM PSTHartley’s Crocodile Adventures (Live presentation)
• Student presentations
• Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures presentation and Q&A
Dec. 23
5:00 PM PSTFinal discussion and wrap-up session
• Faculty Debrief
• Student Discussion
• Outcomes

*Students should expect sessions to last one to two hours on average.
*Itinerary subject to change