Gary J. Sbona Honors Program 2009 Study Abroad Tour

College of Business Study Abroad News

As soon as graduation ceremonies are over, twenty students from the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program are heading to Chile and Argentina for the 2009 study tour abroad. Thanks to financial support from Gary Sbona, these students will spend two weeks visiting companies and government agencies to learn about how business is conducted in these two countries.

The itinerary isn't completely confirmed, but planned visits include a sampling of key industries and companies in the areas. A couple of examples are:

  • Mercado Libre, Latin America's largest online trading platform
  • Ford Argentina, to learn about market entry difficulties in Latin America, and the effect of the global crisis
  • La Serenisima, a local dairy products company that exports worldwide
  • Scotiabank, to learn how the global crisis, with fluctuating exchange rates, is impacting Chile
  • El Teniente Copper Mine, the largest underground copper mine in the world
  • CPT Empresas Maritimas, one of the larges shipping companies in Latin America

Of course, it won't all be work. There will be time to explore the cultural aspects of Santiago and Buenos Aires, sample the food and perhaps shop for some lapis lazuli jewelry in Chile and leather products in Argentina. The group's final night dinner in Argentina will include tango lesson-plus a show so we can see how it's really done.