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Semester in Antwerp

Location

Antwerp, Belgium

Program Description

Study principles of business in a European context, and earn a Concentration in European Business, while living in one of Europe’s most historical and progressive cities. As part of your program of study, you will take trips to several major European cities in and outside Belgium along with, visiting their businesses, governmental institutions, and various cultural sites.

Live at the Montpelier House, only one block away from the University, where you will be attending. All interesting spots are within easy walking distance. Dozens of student pubs and clubs, one of the largest movie complexes in the world, the Royal Ballet, the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, and all pop, techno, rock and jazz concerts can be enjoyed at a reasonable student price.

Experience student life as the Europeans experience it. The University of Antwerp is home to students from all across Europe. Primarily, a business school, the University of Antwerp specializes in European Integration and the effects of economic and monetary union.

No foreign language needed. All course instruction is in English. Students will stay in apartments near the historic University of Antwerp, just a short train ride away from Brussels, the heart of the European Union. Even though Flemish is the official language of Antwerp, English is spoken everywhere. Perhaps the biggest advantage of living in Belgium is its central location in Europe that offers students with great opportunities to take short train rides to several amazing cities like Amsterdam, Paris, London, Dusseldorf/Cologne, and Luxembourg during the weekends.

Note to IBUS majors: the Semester in Antwerp will not count as your semester abroad experience, since no foreign language is required.

Spring 2015 Orientation Meeting Dates:

  • TBA

Program Dates

Fall 2014: September 4 - December 3, 2014

Spring 2015: January 22 - April 28, 2015

Summer 2015: May 17 - July 31, 2015

Director

Mert Tokman, tokmanmx@jmu.edu, 540-568-3020

Living in Antwerp

Why create a Semester Abroad experience in Antwerp, Belgium? Quite simply, it is the heart of the European Union.

Antwerp, chosen in 1993 as the "Cultural Capital of Europe," is a city with a distinctive character, one which combines the charm and tradition of a rich history with the vigor and progress of a modern industrial center. The city boasts many excellent museums and historic monuments, as well as a fast-paced nightlife, fine shopping districts, and a booming commercial center. From the eleventh-century Castle on the river Scheldt (the setting of Wagner's Lohengrin) to the Gothic cathedral and the Renaissance Town Hall, the visiting student is surrounded by magnificent buildings and monuments.

Antwerp is a major cultural crossroads. The citizens of Antwerp (or "Antwerpen," as they call it) speak Dutch, but English is spoken everywhere. The city is home to a large international community and it is perfectly feasible to get around with English only, but you will certainly have plenty of opportunities to practice your French, German, or Spanish.

Learn more about Antwerp by visiting this site.

-The University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp was originally founded in 1852 by the fathers of the Societas Jesu as the "Sint-Ignatius Business Institute. In 1965 the institute officially became a university and was renamed "Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Ignatius te Antwerpen," or UFSIA. In 2003, UFSIA merged with two other Antwerp universities and is now known simply as the University of Antwerp or UA for short.

Today, the University of Antwerp is one of Belgium's most distinguished universities. It attracts students from all over Europe. As a medium-sized university, UA's enrollment totals include +/-19,000 students and 380 staff members.

The Faculty of Applied Economics (the "business school") is one of the largest and most famous in the country, with approximately 3,300 students. It is located in the 16th century historical buildings in the center of the city, while the schools of Law, Languages, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Social sciences are accommodated in the modern buildings nearby.

UA may look ancient on the outside, but inside it is furnished with modern facilities. Students will have access to a full business library, complete with computer lab and copy center. There are other campus computer labs as well, in buildings next to the library. Students will meet in modern classrooms, and they may choose to spend time in the Agora, or a student lounge with restaurant and recreational facilities.

There are several small businesses surrounding the university that will provide all the amenities you are seeking while studying in Antwerp. And the university is just a few minutes away by foot from the historic "Grand Place" of Antwerp. You are also near museums, churches, restaurants, the Diamond district, and other historical sites.

For more information about the University of Antwerp, visit the official web site.

Accommodations

JMU’s Office of Residence Life leases and operates a residence in Antwerp, officially called “Montpelier House,” but abbreviated by past students to “The Monty.” The Monty is located just one block from the University of Antwerp. All apartments in the Montpelier House have either two or three students. Each apartment has its own kitchen and bathroom facility. Each room contains a small refrigerator with freezer compartment, an armoire, a desk, chair, bed, mattress, sheets, towels, pillows, and other amenities.  There are no telephones in the apartments, but each student will be provided a simple cell phone. Laundry facilities are also available in the basement part of the building.

Within the building, there is a “common room” shared by all students where there are five computers hard wired to the Internet, as well as wifi access and ports for you to plug in your laptops. In addition, there is a magic jack phone that can be used to make emergency calls to the USA for free as well as a projector that students use to watch movies and sports events together. Participants are expected to abide by all apartment policies, and obey directives from the Resident Manager (RM).  These policies, especially security related, are spelled out in greater detail in the student guide book.

Academics

While in Belgium during the Fall or Spring Semester, you will take COB 300 (12 hours) and COB 301 (3 hours) for a total of 15 hours.  After completion of the semester, you will earn a concentration in European Business, regardless of your business major, and you will make consistent progress toward your degree.  Participating in the semester should not delay your graduation at all.

COB 300 will be taught in the context of the European marketplace, and COB 301 will give explicit instruction on the European Union, European business practices, and European culture.  In addition, as a part of the semester experience, students will visit businesses, governmental institutions, and cultural settings in various parts of Europe like Belgium, France, Spain, England, Scotland, Germany, and Czech Republic.

The totality of the experience will result in a deep understanding of European business practices. Because of this, students will earn a concentration in European business.

COB 300 is an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operations, and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence.  Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the four functional areas.

  • COB 300A: Management Component
  • COB 300B: Finance Component
  • COB 300C: Operations Component
  • COB 300D: Marketing Component

Prerequisites

Completion of all lower-level BBA core courses with a minimum of 2.7 in the BBA lower-level core on courses completed at JMU.  Students below 2.7 are placed on a pending list and accepted based on resource availability.  Please consult the COB Academic Services Center for more details.  For the Semester in Antwerp program, students must also be formally accepted to the College of Business and must enroll concurrently in COB 301.

Note:  There will be some modification of the COB 300 content when offered in Antwerp.  The course will consist of four stand-alone components (management, finance, operations, and marketing) and an integrated case analysis project (which replaces the traditional business plan project assigned on campus in Harrisonburg).  We will trade off course integration for extended visits to businesses, governmental institutions, and cultural sites throughout Europe

Note:  You must apply for acceptance into both the Semester in Antwerp program and COB 300.   Please visit the Academic Services Center if you have further questions about admission into COB 300.

For more information on COB 300 as it is taught in Harrisonburg at James Madison University, please visit this page.

Courses

COB 300A: Integrated Functional Systems: Management
COB 300A is the management component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level B.B.A. core courses, junior standing (56 hours) and formal admission to the College of Business.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

COB 300B: Integrated Functional Systems: Finance
COB 300B is the finance component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level B.B.A. core courses, junior standing (56 hours) and formal admission to the College of Business.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

COB 300C: Integrated Functional Systems: Operations
COB 300C is the operations component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level B.B.A. core courses, junior standing (56 hours) and admission to the College of Business.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

COB 300D: Integrated Functional Systems: Marketing
COB 300D is the marketing component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operation and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence. Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert of conceptual tools from each of the function areas. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level B.B.A. core courses, junior standing (56 hours)and formal admission to the College of Business.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

COB 301: European Integration, Culture and History
This course is designed to complement COB 300 A-D when taught as part of the semester in Antwerp, Belgium program. COB 301 will only be offered as part of the semester in Antwerp program. Students will study European Integration in the classroom and visit governmental institutions, historical places and cultural events associated with course content. Prerequisites: Requires acceptance to the Semester in Antwerp program. Cannot be used as an elective to fulfill any COB major or COB minor.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring

Culture

The operating philosophy of the JMU in Antwerp program is experiential. You will learn about business theory or the European business environment in class, and then you will take field trips to actual businesses, governmental institutions, or cultural settings.

For example, you will study distribution, and then you will visit the Port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe.  Similarly, you will learn about business ethics and operations, followed by a visit to the Antwerp Diamond Trading Center. Or you will learn about the institutions of the European Union in class, and then visit these institutions in Brussels while listening to lectures by European diplomats and politicians.

International field trips are planned to France, Spain, Germany, and Czech Republic in the Fall semester and England, Scotland, Germany, and Czech Republic in the Spring semester. Field trips within Belgium are planned for Brussels, Brugge, Ghent, Liege, and other cities. While in Antwerp, you will visit the Diamond District, the Port of Antwerp, G. Bastin Chocolate Atelier and numerous museums and historical sites.

As an added bonus, you will have three three-day weekends for travel on your own. Since Belgium is centrally located within Europe, you are just a few hours' train ride away from many historic European destinations in countries like Holland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, etc. Students may want to take advantage of traveling across Europe with discounted student train tickets. In addition, Ryan Air and Easy Jet are discount airlines that offer cheap student fares.

 

 

Cost

Semester in Antwerp (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Tuition and fees for the Semester in Antwerp include full-time university tuition based on residency, room, board, and a supplemental program fee.  This combination of fees will cover full-time enrollment in classes, housing, board (most meals), excursion lodging and transportation, admissions and entry fees, books, and other program activities while abroad. 

Fees

Virginia Resident

Non-Virginia Resident

Undergraduate Tuition

$4,831.00

$12,261.00

Room & Board

$4,413.00

$4,413.00

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$6,500.00

$6,500.00




Semester in Antwerp Cost:

$15,744.00

$23,174.00

Important Notes:

  • Study Abroad program fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation.
  • For additional explanation of fees, see our expanded tuition and fees page.
  • Before committing to the program, be sure to consult our deposit and cancellation policies related to fee structure.



Application Deadline

Program Full

Application Process

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: November 1, 2013 for Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

For priority, students must apply by the deadline. Applications received after November 1 will be accepted on a rolling, space-available basis until the program is full.

Application Materials

The application for admission has a number of parts, all of which must be received by the oIP before your application can be processed. Please make certain that you have completed all steps in the application process.

A completed Summer, Fall or Spring Semester Abroad Program application consists of the following components:

  • Application form in Adobe pdf fillable format - please type and print
  • Essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relates to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals. How do you think you will benefit from the experience? One-Two pages in length.

  • Letter of Recommendation from a current or former JMU instructor or from your academic advisor (either as a letter or by using the form on our Forms link), attached or sent by email to studyabroad@jmu.edu.

  • Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students

Submitting your application

Submit your completed application to the:

          Office of International Programs, JMAC 6, Suite 22, MSC 5731, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

You are strongly encouraged to deliver your application in person; however, applications may be mailed to oIP.

Director

Mert Tokman, tokmanmx@jmu.edu, 540-568-3020