We’ve developed a unique global experience to help your impress future employers with resumes and skillsets that showcase international business experience.

The International Consulting Program gives your the opportunity to travel to exciting countries, experience different cultures and work with companies locally and abroad while earning credits towards their degree. This program will boost your resume, your confidence and your ability to think globally.

Program structure

The six-week program is offered during the summer to undergraduate and graduate students, and includes three modules:

Pre-trip course

The International Consulting Program begins in Richmond with a three-week course that gives you the tools needed for the international consulting project in your host country.

You’ll receive training and academic instruction on business communication, consulting and the language and culture of your host country. You’ll also work on a consulting project for a local business with a group of your peers.

International consulting project

Following the pre-trip course in Richmond, you’ll depart for your host country. While abroad, you’ll work with VCU Business students as well as students from the host university on consulting projects for local or international companies. Previous companies students have worked with include Pepsi, UNICEF, OPERA Solutions, high end hotels and restaurants, IT Solutions, start up incubators, local chambers of commerce and local sports teams.

During your time in the host country, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the local community and experience the culture through weekend excursions, trips to local museums and other cultural institutions.

Reflection paper

Following the consulting project abroad you will have approximately 10 days to write a final reflection paper on your experience. While some students return to Richmond to write their reflection paper, many students opt to continue their travels and write their paper while abroad. We encourage you to keep a journal or blog while on the trip to better prepare yourself for writing the reflection paper and to have as a record of your travels.

Eligibility

Undergraduate eligibility

Graduate eligibility

  • Current School of Business student
  • Good academic standing

Program cost

The cost for both undergraduate and graduate students is $1,500 plus summer tuition for six credits.

Other costs include airfare, meals and incidentals (some meals may be provided) and personal travel beyond the program.

The first 20 students to register for each site will be given a $750 award. Apply for the 2018 Sharon and Baxter Phillips Need Based Scholarship. Scholarships may also be available for the 2018 program -  check the Global Education Office for funding options. 

2018 locations

Undergraduate

Graduate

  • London, United Kingdom - In collaboration with CoStar
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  • The connections and the memories made on this trip will last a lifetime, and I would not trade this experience for anything.
    Hannah King
    ICP student
  • Some of the most meaningful experiences that happened to me during the program would be broken down into three areas of focus: the strengthening of my leadership style, stronger decision-making skills and an increase of my confidence.
    Ethan Barnett
    ICP student
  • It was such an unbelievable experience to be able to consult for a Greek company during such an important time for the Greek economy. I learned through firsthand experience the impact one nation’s economy could have on the global economy.
    Christina Busam
    ICP student