National University

International Business Course to Travel to Brazil

11-day March itinerary includes visits to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo

National University students and alumni are invited to experience firsthand the business environment and culture of Brazil, as Juan España, Ph.D., lead faculty for international business in the School of Business and Management (SOBM), hosts a 11-day journey there next March as part of an international business course.

Brazil is the largest national economy in Latin America, the world's seventh largest economy at market exchange rates and the eighth largest in purchasing power parity , according to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The CIA World Factbook reports that Brazil was one of the first emerging markets to begin recovering from the global financial crisis; that Brazil's strong growth and high interest rates make it an attractive destination for foreign investors; and that large capital inflows over the past year have contributed to the rapid appreciation of its currency

The course, “International Experience,” takes place from March 11 through 21, 2012. It counts as an elective for the MBA, Master of Global Management, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management and Master of Public Administration. It also counts toward the BBA, the Bachelor of Arts in Management, the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, and the MBA area of specialization in International Business and the Graduate Certificate in International Business.

Participants will attend lectures and seminars at University of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro University and Getulio Vargas Institute. They will visit car, aircraft and biofuel manufacturing companies and interact with local students and executives from world class companies.

Additionally, participants in this unique class will explore sites of cultural interest, such as historic Sao Paulo, Rio’s Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Maracana, and more, taking in the vibrant nightlife and extraordinary tourist attractions.

Professor España has previously organized class trips to China and Brazil. The fee for the 2012 trip to Brazil is $3,300, and includes airfare, lodging, sightseeing with English-speaking guides, transportation to events, and most meals. Students will also pay tuition for the course.

The priority deadline for registering for the March 2011 trip to Brazil is October 15. For further information and to register, please contact Tess De La Garma in the School of Business and Management at (858)642-8401 or