MBA 6520 International Business Field Studies in Ecuador & Peru

Summer Semester, May 19-29, 2017

This course integrates international travel and site visits with the study of international business topics. Through readings, assignments, discussions, and visits to important business and cultural sites in the destination countries, the course builds understanding and competence in international business practices and managing across cultures.


  • Visit Peru and Ecuador, the rising economic stars of Latin America
  • Explore international business, trade, and competitiveness issues in context
  • Visit a variety of businesses including tracing the path of the global supply chain for cut-flowers from Ecuador to Utah retailers
  • Observe first-hand the front line of corporate social responsibility activities that connect global business and the people of developing economies
  • Experience the equator, where you can stand across the Northern and Southern Hemispheres (and really can see water drain clockwise and counterclockwise on opposite sides)
  • Visit Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca ruins in the Andes ranked as the #1 landmark in the world by TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards

Cost: $2900 includes lodging, in-country bus transportation, some meals, and 3 cr. hrs. of elective course credit. Airfare is not included. Estimates for airfare have ranged from $1,100 to $1,500 for roundtrip to Quito, Lima and Cusco.

Scholarships are available to students who register and pay the down payment by the registration deadline listed below. All Goddard School students will be awarded a $500 scholarship. MBA students will received an additional $500 scholarship from the MBA Program, thereby reducing the cost of the trip to $1,900 plus airfare. The Study Abroad office also has select scholarships available.

To earn course credit you will be required to attend a pre- and post-trip meeting, as well as complete all readings, written assignments, and online discussions. Canvas will be used to manage the course. A tentative itinerary is included below. Faculty are Dr. Matthew Mouritsen and Dr. Shane Schvaneveldt.

Students and significant others will book their own flights to and from Ecuador and Peru. If participants wish to arrive earlier than May 19, they must plan on meeting the group at the airport on May 19 (arrival day) for transport to the first hotel. Participants may also arrange to extend their stay beyond May 29th, but at their own expense. Trip participants should NOT book their own flights until we have confirmed that we have reached our targeted group size and finalized the exact itinerary.

If you intend to register, please e-mail Matthew Mouritsen ( FIRST so that he can add your name(s) to the approved list with CE registration, after which you may register by calling 801-626-6600 or visiting the main lobby of the Hurst Center on the Ogden Campus. You should also complete a WSU Study Abroad Student Application form when you pay your deposit (go to then click the Students menu then Application). You can email the completed application to You may also call the Study Abroad office at 801- 626-8740 or 801-626-8155.

Registration consists of paying a deposit of $500 (and completing the WSU Study Abroad Student Application form) on a first come, first served basis (maximum group size 20); priority registration will be available to current MBA students ONLY until January 17th, after which registration will be opened to advanced undergraduate Goddard School students, MBA alumni and significant others. The remainder of the payments will be due March 31st. Once accommodations are booked, payments will be considered non-refundable.

Payment Schedule
Deposit: $500 by January 17, 2017 for MBA students
Deposit: $500 by January 31, 2017 for significant others & MBA Alumni, Goddard students
Remainder of trip fee due by March 31, 2017
Personal air travel itinerary due by March 31, 2017



A preliminary course meeting will be held April 14th and a follow-up meeting held after travel, at which time the written assignments for the course will be due.

Tentative Itinerary
April 14: Pre-departure meeting.
May 19: Air travel to Quito, Ecuador
May 20: Business/cultural visits in Quito
May 21: Culture/tourism in Quito
May 22: Business/cultural visits in and around Quito
May 23: Business/cultural visits in and around Quito. Air travel to Lima, Peru.
May 24: Business/cultural visits in and around Lima
May 25: Business/cultural visits in and around Lima
May 26: Business/cultural visits in and around Lima. Air travel to Cusco, Peru.
May 27: Culture/tourism in Cusco and Sacred Valley. Rail travel to Aguas Calientes, Peru.
May 28: Day trip to Machu Picchu
May 29: Air travel to SLC from Cusco via Lima, Peru

*Participants will book and pay for their own flights. Please plan to arrive on or before May 19, 2017. The trip directors will communicate their flight itineraries as soon as they are known.


Course: For MBA students and other qualified graduate students: MBA 6520 International Business Field Studies (3 credit hours).