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Study Abroad Seminar Gives Students Edge in Global Workplace

A new three-city study abroad program from the Hofstra University Honors College is now accepting applications from students interested in learning how to communicate and do business in cultures around the world.

Students will travel through Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam during the two-week honors seminar from May 22-June 4, 2016.  The three-credit course, Collaborating Across Cultures, will be taught by Kara Alaimo, PhD, assistant professor of public relations at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and an Honors College faculty mentor.

Dr. Kara Alaimo

“In my first job at the United Nations, I would hold conference calls with colleagues around the world, who would readily agree to meet project deadlines. When the deadlines came and my colleagues did not provide what I thought we had agreed, I would be genuinely confused and upset – until I learned that, in many cultures, it is rude to say no,” said Dr. Alaimo, a globally recognized communication expert who has also served as a Treasury Department spokesperson in the Obama administration.

Some colleagues would always say yes regardless of whether they had any intention of following through, she says, and the experience led her to write a book about how to do business in different countries and cultures.  “During this study abroad seminar, students will learn the key dimensions on which cultures differ and examine the business and communication practices that work best in each of the world’s ten cultural clusters,” she said.  “This course will provide students of any major with the skills to work with colleagues from different cultures and lead multicultural teams in our modern, globally connected workplaces. ”

In addition to classes, students will also visit local businesses and communication agencies and cultural sites in each city, including the La Sagrada Familia Church and Plaza Espana in Barcelona, the Louvre in Paris, and the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.  The trip includes walking tours and a boat ride on the Seine in Paris.

Hofstra undergraduates of all majors are welcome to apply; space is limited and qualified students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  To apply, contact Dr. Alaimo for more information and an application form before March 1.   Interested graduate students can also inquire about  course requirements.

Students will book their own flights to Europe, and pay Hofstra tuition for the 3 -credit course as well as a $3,375 program fee which covers accommodation, meals, travel and visits to local attractions/activities, and insurance. Students will be provided with breakfast and dinner every day in Barcelona; two dinners in Paris; and breakfast every day and one dinner in Amsterdam.


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