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London, Brussels, Zurich, UK, Belgium, Switzerland

Program Description

Students will have the choice of enrolling in one or both courses: COB 318 and FIN 498.

For the business law portion of the course, students will examine the origins of common law, the history of European court systems, and international law.

For the finance portion of the course, students will examine financial history of Europe, the influence of this history on the US financial system, and the development of FinTech.

We will visit courts, financial institutions, and businesses, but we will also visit cultural institutions in Europe.

Location Description

We will spend one week in each location: London, Brussels and Zurich. In each location, we will spend part of each day focusing on business law, part on financial history and systems, allowing some time for cultural attractions. We will travel between cities on weekends, and students will be able to have some personal time each of the two weekends.

The program is scheduled to allow students to return to the States for internships that begin in June.


Pamela Drake | | Finance & Business Law

David Parker | | Finance & Business Law


Students will be housed in hotels with double or triple occupancy, depending on the hotel and the enrollment.

Breakfasts will be included in the hotel, and we will have a group dinner in each of the three cities. Student will receive meal stipends for all other meals.

Additional Items to Consider

Students will need to bring clothing suitable for business and court visits.

The traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond the stay and a round-trip ticket.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisite: COB 300

Junior or senior standing

All COB majors may participate in either or both courses.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


FIN 498: Financial History: From Barter to FinTech (3 credits)

COB 318: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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