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  • Locations: Palanga, Lithuania; Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirements:
None
Eligibility Requirements:
College of Business Student
Level of Study:
Undergraduate
Open to:
USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Wendy Baker
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Sponsoring College:
USFSP - College of Business
Program Primary Subject:
Business, Marketing, and Finance
Program Description:
 

Program Overview

Panorama of Vilnius
Travel Dates: July 2 - July 21, 2017

Under the management of USFSP faculty director Dr. Hemant Merchant, students will participate in the ISM Summer University in Baltics for three weeks where they will study business in one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. The ISM University of Management and Economics is a top-ranked university in the Baltics.

Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic countries and a gateway between Eastern and Western Europe. Students will attend classes daily Monday through Thursday at ISM and also participate in visits to local and multinational businesses Friday mornings. A cultural program in Vilnius and a weekend trip to the seaside resort of Palanga are included. Students will take two courses and earn up to 6 USFSP credits.

Study Abroad Grants

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Location

Map of Lithuania

Lithuania is the largest and southernmost country of the Baltic states and a member of the European Union. The country is located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea and known for a landscape of gently rolling plains with many forests, lakes, rivers and streams. After becoming the first country to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, Lithuania began to modernize with Vilnius leading the way.

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and the country's largest city with a population of over 500,000. The capital is included in the list of Smart Cities by the New York Times and boasts a medieval era old town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the capital attracts young professionals, not just from Eastern Europe, who see Vilnius as a rising economic star in business and appreciate all that the extensive cultural scene in the capital has to offer.

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Host Institution

ISM Summer in the Baltics Logo

ISM University of Management and Economics

ISM University of Management and Economics was established in 1999 as the first privately owned institution of management education in Lithuania. The main founders of ISM are BI Norwegian Business School, one of the largest business schools in Europe, and Innovation Norway.

ISM in Vilnius is located in a historic building in the Old Town, a former Basilian monastery. Here the students will find 15 new and modern classrooms, 3 computer rooms, a library, and a reading room. Students and doctoral students of all three schools of the University--Managers, Master, and Bachelor--have their own classrooms and premises in the new building.

Source: ISM University of Management and Economics

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Academic Program and Course Information

Palanga

Course Approval Form: Students must download and complete a the form as part of the application process. Click here for the form.

Available Courses:
GEB 4935: Study Abroad in Lithuania (Theme: Doing Business in the Baltics), 3 credits
GEB 4915: Independent Research (Theme: International Project Management), 3 credits

Mandatory Class Sessions:
1. Pre-trip: May 2017 Time and Date TBD
2. Pre-trip: June 2017 Time and Date TBD
3. Post-trip: July 2017 Time and Date TBD

Credit Type: 6 direct USFSP credits

***In order to receive full credit for program courses, students must attend any class meetings listed and complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS. A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.*** 

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Faculty

Merchant

Dr. Hemant Merchant
Professor of International Management
PNM 105 A
727-873-4891
hmerchant@usfsp.edu
http://www.usfsp.edu/ktcob/portfolio-item/748/

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Program Costs

Trakai Castle

Program Charge: $3,150.00

Included:
•6 USFSP credits (program courses)
•Accompaniment and on-site program direction by USFSP instructor
•Triple or quad occupancy accommodations in local hotels
•All program related, in-country transportation
•A weekend trip to the seaside resort of Palanga
•A visit to the Trakai historical castle and national park
•A visit to the open air museum Rumšiškes
•A guided walking tour of old town Vilnius
•Company visits
•Guest Lectures
•Daily breakfast
•Several Meals
•Health Insurance

Not Included:
•International Airfare (estimate $1500)
•Personal spending (entertainment to vary by individual)
•Meals (not noted above) 
•Transportation to and from the airport (est. $25)
•Passport or visa expenses--non-US passport holders are responsible for checking the entry requirements of Lithuania for their country of citizenship and procuring/purchasing any required visas.

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Living Arrangements

Triple or quad occupancy accommodations in local hotels. Hotels subject to change.

Corner Hotel

CORNER HOTEL
http://www.cornerhotel.lt/

Hotel Palangos Juze
Hotel Palangos Juze
http://www.palangosjuze.lt/en/home

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Who Can Participate?

Bulls Logo

The program is open to all undergraduate business students in the USF system. Students in all other majors may participate at the discretion of the faculty director, Dr. Hemant Merchant, and must contact him at hmerchant@usfsp.edu.

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How and When to Pay

Piggy Bank

Payment Schedule:
Education Abroad will post payments to OASIS accounts a few business days prior to each posted due date. Payments amounts and exact dates TBD.

Payment Amount Due Due Date
Confirmation $500.00 5 days after committing to the program or application deadline, whichever is first. Confirmation Payment is non-refundable.
#1 TBD April 2017
#2 TBD May 2017
#3 TBD June 2017
Total #3,150.00  


Payment instructions (only after you have been accepted to the program and log back in to your application to commit to the program):

Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Having confirmed your participation, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will place charges on your OASIS account. Students will be asked to make a confirmation payment toward the Study Abroad Program Cost (SAPC). Generally, this payment is $500, although certain programs may have alternate payment requirements as indicated on the specific program website.

Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.

To make the payment:

ON-LINE (Please note: Do not use the on-line payment option if you have other outstanding charges on your account, as any payment will automatically be credited toward your on-campus charges)
Step 1: Go to USF Single-SignOn
Step 2: Log in using your USF Net ID.
Step 3: Click on OASIS on the top menu.
Step 4: On the Main Menu, go to "Student"
Step 5: On the Student Menu, go to "Tuition & Fees"
Step 6: Click on "Student Bill Payment" PLEASE NOTE: The USF Cashier's Office charges a 2.5% "convenience fee" for using a credit or bank card. If you use an online check you will not be charged the additional fee.  They no longer accept VISA.

IN PERSON
Step 1: Email the USFSP Education Abroad Office at studyabroad@usfsp.edu for a payment form. The form must be completed and signed by an authorized member of the Education Abroad Office.
Step 2: Take payment form to the USFSP Cashier's Office (BAY 132). You may pay only pay with check, cash or money order in person.  Checks are payable to USF.
Step 3: Please keep a record of your payment for your records.

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:
$500.00 Confirmation Payment is non-refundable.
89-61 days prior to departure student is fee liable for non-recoverable costs.*
60 days or less prior to departure student is liable for up to 100% of the program fee if they cancel.

Students must email studyabroad@usfsp.edu to notify USFSP Education Abroad of their cancellation.

*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable. Non-recoverable costs may exceed to-date funds collected by USFSP Education Abroad at time of student's withdraw from the program.

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Getting There

 plane

Once the minimum enrollment has been met, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will advise you to purchase flights.  You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to and from Lithuania.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

Passport

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport or a valid passport from their country of residence. Passports must have an expiration date at least 6 months after the student's scheduled return to the U.S. U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Europe. Non-U.S. citizens should check with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements for the countries to be visited. Non-US citizens should also check-in with the USF International Services Office to ensure reentry to the US.

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Safety & Health

Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

The local equivalent to the 911 emergency number in Lithuania is 112.

Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Demonstrations: Marches and protests do occur, especially in larger cities. You should avoid areas where these public protests are taking place.

Foreigners, ethnic minorities and members of the LGBTI community have been subject to robberies, and racially motivated verbal and sometimes physical harassment. This normally occurs late at night near bars and night clubs. 

Crime: Crimes of opportunity, such as from pickpockets and purse snatchers, particularly at popular tourist sites and restaurants, or on public transportation are common. Pick-pockets take advantage of crowds getting on and off of all forms of public transportation, using the jostling of the crowd as a distraction.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe.
  • Thefts from cars and car thefts occur regularly. Do not leave valuables in rental cars.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Only use taxi services arranged by phone.
  • Avoid using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in isolated or poorly lighted areas; use the buddy system and indoor bank ATMs when possible.
  • Leave extra cash, credit cards, and personal documents at home or in a hotel safe.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

Note: The Education Abroad Scholarship application deadline for summer semester is February 15, 2017. However, applicants must be accepted and committed to the program as well as have paid the $500 Confirmation Payment in order to be considered for scholarships. This takes processing time. Therefore, we strongly advise applicants submit all parts of the scholarship application by February 1, 2017.

Study Abroad Grants

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Visit USFSP Education Abroad online at: www.usfsp.edu/abroad

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/usfspeducationabroad

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Joseph Kenny
Academic Program Specialist
Global Initiatives Office
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 204K
727-873-4270
studyabroad@usfsp.edu

Questions regarding academics and courses:

Dr. Hemant Merchant
Professor of International Management
Office: PNM 105 A
Phone: 727-873-4891
Email: hmerchant@usfsp.edu

 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.