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From Castles to Corporations: Global Strategy in the U.K.

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  • Location: London, Grantham, Harlaxton, Lincoln, Leicester, Birmingham and Denby (England, U.K.); Edinburgh and St. Andrews (Scotland, U.K.)
  • United Kingdom Country Report (PDF)
  • Program Dates: May 11 - June 7, 2020
  • Travel Abroad Dates: May 14 - June 7, 2020
  • Cost to Participate: $5110 plus tuition
  • Application Information
  • Online Application
  • Courses Offered
  • CBAD 401 International Business
  • CBAD 478 Q Strategic Management
  • MBA 660 Global Business
  • MBA 690 Strategic Implementation

This faculty-led program offers students the opportunity to study international business and strategic management across England and Scotland. The program has a focus on how institutional forces and cultural differences not only shape business practices, but also how they have a real impact on firm performance. Students will visit organizations both large and small to drive home the many lessons delivered through daily classes in the magnificent 19th century Harlaxton Manor, where students will live and study for the bulk of the experience. Previous multinational corporation visits have included Jaguar, Land Rover, and John Deere, and smaller organization visits have included the Nottingham Forest Football Club and Triumph Motorcycles. Students bring home the many lessons delivered through daily classes in the magnificent 19th century Harlaxton Manor, where students will live and study for the majority of the program.

Additional program highlights include long weekends in London, England – where students can see “Big Ben,” Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye – and Edinburgh, Scotland – where students can tour Edinburgh Castle, climb Arthur’s Seat, or enjoy one of Edinburgh’s noted ghost tours. Moreover, students will hone their professional skills through a networking event with prominent local leaders and a formal business etiquette banquet.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the program include city walking and hiking on uneven surfaces for several hours at a time. Student applicants with allergies, mobility concerns and other health- or ability-related concerns must reach out directly to Harlaxton College for more information:

Course Information

Students participating in this program can choose to take one or both courses offered at undergraduate and graduate level.  

CBAD 401 International Business. (3 credits). (Prereq: grade of C or better in CBAD 120, CBAD 301 and CBAD 350). This course is a study of the significant aspects of international business operations, including historical development of foreign trade policy and operative problems of international business operations, principle areas of study are: international business and the nation-state, assessing and forecasting the international business environment, and managing the multinational enterprise.
Instructor: David Fink

CBAD 478 Q Strategic Management. (3 credits). (Prereq: grade of C or better in CBAD 301, CBAD 350, CBAD 363 and CBAD 373). This course focuses on how firms can create and sustain competitive advantage through strategic fit between the firm and its external environment. Particular attention will be paid to integrating the functional areas of the firm to engender a general management perspective.
Instructor: Nick Rhew

MBA 660 Global Business. (3 credits). (Prereq: graduate students only). This course prompts students to analyze systematically the various institutional facets of the global business environment and their effect on the operations and management of firms. Topics addressed will include such areas as foreign direct investment, export and import trade, supranational institutions that influence trade and investment, and monetary systems and financial markets. Attention is also devoted to country analysis, political risk, and contemporary issues such as offshoring international expansion, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and crosscultural management challenges.
Instructor: David Fink

MBA 690 Global Strategy. (3 credits). (Prereq: MBA 620 and MBA 631). Develops a multiple stakeholder approach to the organizational change efforts directed toward the implementation of strategic goals in the context of defined strategies. The course utilizes project-based and experiential approaches to engage critical reflection in the context of real and simulated environments.
Instructor: Nick Rhew

Accommodations and Meals

While at Harlaxton Manor, students will stay in dormitory-style rooms, which sleep between two and four people and have access to shared facilities. On overnight excursions, students will stay in budget-friendly hotels with double or triple occupancy. Cafeteria-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are provided while at Harlaxton Manor only. Students are responsible for all other meals to include meals on excursions.

Program Leaders

Nick Rhew, Assistant Professor, Wall College of Business, 843-349-4175

Nick Rhew is an assistant professor of strategic management and international business in the Department of Management and Decision Sciences at Coastal Carolina University. His research includes work in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, political corruption, and national culture, among other topics. He has traveled extensively, including trips to Chile, Turkey, England, Spain, Scotland, Wales, Greece, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, and France. He has led educaiton abroad programs to China, Spain, Italy, the U.K., and Ireland.

David Fink, Lecturer of Management and Decision Sciences, 843-349-3468

David Fink is a lecturer in the Department of Management and Decision Sciences and Executive in Residence at Coastal Carolina University. He teaches courses on strategic management, leadership, and healthcare administration. Prior to arriving at CCU, Mr. Fink served in executive level positions in several firms in the healthcare sector, which informs his continuing consulting practice. He has traveled extensively both professionally and personally, including trips to South Africa, Australia, and Italy, among many others. He has also led students to the U.K. on three occasions.

Cost to Participate = Program Fee + (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate) + Out-of-pocket Expenses

Included in Program Fee: Roundtrip airfare from the U.S. to the United Kingdom; accommodations; most meals; local transporation; planned excursions; and emergency medical insurance ($1.80 a day for every day traveling).

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Estimated out-of-pocket expenses:$325 for meals not covered by program fees plus $175 for optional excursions and miscellaneous expenses. Please note that this estimate will vary based on individual spending habits and does not cover the cost of a new passport. Students should ask their program leaders for more details about estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Pre-departure housing: Students will be meeting on campus in the week leading up to the departure date and must have accommodations during this period.  Students should confirm the departure date with their program leaders before securing housing.
CCU credits Program Fee Tuition Technology Fee
Cost to
3 credits $5110 $1098 $15 $500 $6723
6 credits $5110 $2196 $30 $500 $7836


Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Due
Deposit Oct. 30 $300 (refundable before commitment deadline Dec. 5)
Program Fee Payment Feb. 11 $4810
Tuition and Technology Fee Payment May 9 Varies (see above)

Deposits can be made in person at Student Accounts or by phone. After acceptance to the program, the payment of the program fee as well as payment of tuition can be made online through WebAdvisor or in-person/by phone through Student Accounts. Tuition charges are distinct and different from program fee charges. Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit Student Accounts.

Helpful Links

Harlaxton Manor

For a video showing aerial views of the exterior

Link to CCU Global Policy and Risk Management

United Kingdom Country Report