Study Abroad - International Business

France • Morocco • Belgium • Germany

December 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018 


The International Business Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, Belgium, and Germany. Students gain exposure to the diverse facets of international business while visiting countries at different stages of economic development. While in Europe and North Africa, students visit major multi-national organizations and locally-run businesses as well as meet with public officials responsible for economic policy in order to build a well-rounded understanding of the global market. Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts from IAU as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides. 

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Management 325: International Management
  • Business 325: International Business
  • Marketing 325: International Marketing
  • Economics 325: Doing Business in Europe


The 2018 itinerary will be announced shortly. Past seminars have visited the following sites:

  • France: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille
  • Morocco: Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier
  • Belgium: Brussels
  • Germany: Frankfurt and Stuttgart

About the Professor:


Aboubakr Jamaï, Dean and Professor, School of Business & International Relations
MPA, Harvard University
MBA, University of Oxford 

Professor Jamaï‘s professional career spans the business sectors of finance, economics, and journalism.  He began teaching at IAU in January 2014 and became Dean of the School of Business and International Relations shortly thereafter.  He has taught political science and international journalism at American institutions of higher education. Among the many prizes and distinctions he has received, Professor Jamaï was named Harvard University’s Nieman Fellow in 2007 and Mason Fellow in 2008.  He was also awarded the 2008 Tully Center Free Speech Prize, Newhouse School of Communication, Syracuse University, and the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. His work in favor of democracy in the Middle East was recognized by the Washington-based Project On Middle East Democracy which awarded him their Leaders for Democracy prize in 2016.

IAU - as part of our site specificity philosophy - often include local talent such as experts in the field to lecture to the students. Previous visiting faculty have included:

Professor Catherine J. Darracq, who has taught International Business and Finance at IAU since 2015. Professor Darracq completed an MBA at the Stern Graduate School of Business Administration in New York in addition to an exchange program on Italian Economics and Investment Banking at the L’Università Commercial Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Her undergraduate degree hails from New York University where she studied International Relations, Economics, and French Literature. Professor Darracq's professional experience includes business development projects spanning the globe, most recently in France, England, and Argentina. In addition, she has served at the following institutions: Commerzbank AG, GE Capital Structured Finance Group, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Merrill Lynch. She is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.

Program Fees

January 2018: $5,375

All program fees include t
uition for 3 credits, lodging, insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, Intra-European transportation to and from each city, breakfast daily and some dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively will receive a $500 grant. Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.

Students participating in the International Business Seminar who also attend IAU for the Spring semester in Aix-en-Provence are encouraged to participate in the Early Start Program the week of January 13-20, 2018. Students who attend both the J-Term and Spring semester can attend the Early Start Program for a reduced fee. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction and participate in local cultural activities!