School of Business

Field School

Experience Culture and Business in Europe while Earning Credit toward your UFV Degree

Have you always wanted to go abroad, yet could never find the time in your course scheduling? There is now a great opportunity for those looking to gain an international experience but are short on time.

The School of Business is offering a two week European Business Field School to Switzerland and France. This is a great opportunity for UFV students looking to gain a memorable international experience in a condensed, time-saving format. It will take place May 04 - 15, 2020 and you could be one of twenty students who get to participate!





For more information, attend an Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday January 29 -- 11:30am - 12:00pm  (Room: C2431)


Enjoy free snacks and refreshments at the information session while you learn more about the itinerary of the trip, it's cost, what the course will look like, and the application process. We will also have an Advisor in attendance who can answer general questions about how the course could fit into your program plan.


There are many benefits you will receive from attending the European Business Field School.  Here are just a few of them:

Academic Benefits

  • You will receive credits for a UFV BUS course upon the successful completion of the Field School. These credits can be used as a 300-level Marketing or Business elective in your UFV program of studies. 
  • Active learning opportunities like this one get you outside of the classroom to expand your knowledge base which has been proven to be the best way to learn.

Personal Benefits

  • You will get to experience new countries with friends and get an insider-perspective on European culture and business practices.
  • You will meet other students from our host universities and have an opportunity to engage with them while experiencing local cuisine, sites, and businesses.

Professional Benefits

  • Having an international experience on your resume will set you apart when interviewing for full-time positions after graduation.
  • You will be participating in company tours where you will get the opportunity to ask questions to executives about their management strategies.  
  • You will take your networking to a whole new level.

Preliminary Schedule:

** Please note that this is subject to changes **

  • Meet in Zurich, Switzerland -- May 04, 2020
  • St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Dijon, France
  • Fly home from Paris, France -- May 15, 2020

Cost: Approximately $2,500. Check back in Fall 2019 for further details.

Note that additional tuition fees will apply for international students.

See FAQ section for further details.


Payment Due Dates (Early Bird Reservations):

  • Friday December 20, 2019  -  Initial Deposit     $500.00
  • Friday February 21, 2020    -  Second Deposit   $750.00
  • Tuesday March 31, 2020     -  Final Payment     $1,150.00 (plus regular semester fees)


Payment Due Dates (Regular Process):

  • Friday February 21, 2020    -  First Deposit       $1,250.00
  • Tuesday March 31, 2020     -  Final Payment     $1,250.00 (plus regular semester fees)


Refund Policy:

  • Before Friday February 21, 2020 - Full Refund
  • Between Friday February 21 and Tuesday March 31, 2020 - Minimum of $500 withheld (covers non-refundable items/fees)
  • After March 31, 2020 - No Refund of trip expenses, only tuition portion refunded

Q: How do I apply?

A: See the “Apply Today” section where the steps to apply are outlined.    


Q: Who is eligible to go?

A: All active students at UFV in any discipline who have earned a minimum of 30 credits.


Q: What is covered in the Field School fee?

A: Accommodations, all scheduled tours, travel between cities and countries, and potentially a few meals.


Q: What are some expenses that are NOT covered?

A: Travel to and from Europe, travel insurance, student semester fees, and most food costs.


Q: If I am only taking this course in the Summer semester, do I still have to pay the semester student fees?

A: Students are still required to pay all Summer semester student/ancillary fees. However, the Student Union will waive the U-Pass and Campus Connector fees if you can provide the necessary information to show that you are not enrolled in any other classes in that specific semester. You must mention that you are taking part in the 2-week School of Business Study Tour when you are making the request, and provide documentation from the Office of the Registrar that you are only taking this course. To make the request please see U-Pass Opt Out.


Q: If I am an International student, what will I pay for tuition and fees?

A: Tuition will be paid per credit during the Summer semester. As this is a 3 credit course and tuition fees are $595/credit, the total tutition cost will be $1785. In addition to tuition you will need to pay the $425 student/ancillary fees. In total, the tuition/fees portion on the trip will cost $2210 if you are an International student.


Q: Will I have free time to sightsee during the Field School?

A: There will be a few travel days included in the Field School while travelling in Switzerland and France. In addition, most days will include some free time to take in the local sites. If you are interested in exploring other locations, we encourage you to take the opportunity to travel prior to the start date of the Field School or after it is over.


Q: Do I need a visa?

A: If you are a Canadian citizen, you will not need a visa. However, if your citizenship is with another country, it is recommended you confirm visa requirements prior to applying.


Q: If I do need a visa, will UFV aid me in this process?

A: No. Visas are the responsibility of the student.


Q: Any further questions?

A: Email Karmin Gray or Jillene Marlowe

Early Bird Application Deadline:

Friday November 15, 2019


Final Application Deadline:

Friday January 31st, 2020


How to Apply:

Step 1: Fill out the fillable form by clicking on the “APPLY TODAY” button below.

Step 2: Watch your email as a member of the School of Business will be in contact with you by either Friday November 22, 2019 (Early Bird Applicants) or Friday February 7th, 2020 confirming if you have been short listed.

Step 3: If you have been short listed you will be scheduled for a short informal interview with the faculty member leading the tour. Interviews will be conducted during the week after you recieve a shortlisted applicant email.

Step 4: Letters of acceptance will be sent out by either Monday December 02, 2019 (Early Bird Applicants) or Monday Febrary 17, 2020.

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Traveling to Europe with the School of Business is a great experience that you cannot obtain by traveling by yourself. You get to meet foreign businesses and students while experiencing different lifestyles and cultures. The experience left me more open minded and adaptable. The field school is a combination of studying, traveling, and having fun!.

  • – Ruo (Emily) Wang
  •    BBA Accounting & Finance, 3rd year student

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