Previous Study Abroad Programs

Previous Study Abroad Programs

South Africa and Ethiopia (2009, 2005)

The objective of this course was to expose students to the reality of information technology (IT) in South Africa. Technology played a significant role in most of the emerging economies of the late 1990's and 2000's. Revenue from product and IT services to emerging countries is over $100 billion. This course exposed students to IT use, management, development, policy and strategic impact within South Africa economies and their impact internationally.

Students visited several companies and met with various IT stakeholders in the organization (users, developers, managers, IT strategic and policy implementers etc.) who explained their practices and strategies to the students. In addition to learning about information, communication technology, and business related issues, students learned about the distinct cultures and histories of South Africa. The course examined the necessary success factors for US-based companies planning to setup IT centers in South Africa.

Brazil (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004)

The objective of the course was to expose students to the reality of information technology (IT) in an emerging/-developing country. Technology played a significant role in most of the emerging economies of the late 1990’s and 2000’s. Revenue from product and IT services to emerging countries is over $30 billion. Brazil is of high interest because it is an emerging economic country with extreme contrasts. While it is a country with tremendous resources, richness and IT capabilities, it is also a country with a very high level of poverty.

This course exposed students to IT use, management, development, policy and strategic impact within the Brazilian economy and its impact internationally. Students visited several companies and met with various IT stakeholders in the organization (users, developers, managers, IT strategic and policy implementers etc.) who explained their practices and strategies to the students. In addition to learning about the history and development of technology in Brazil, students learned about the culture of Brazil and the role of technology in the country’s economic development. The course examined the necessary success factors for US-based companies planning to setup an IT center in Brazil.