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From Castles to Corporations: Global Strategy in the UK

  • Location: Harlaxton, United Kingdom
  • Program Dates: May 8 - June 5, 2018
  • Travel Abroad Dates: May 11 - June 5, 2018
  • Program Fees: $4,829 (not including tuition)
  • Online Application
  • Application Instructions & Eligibility Requirements
  • Courses Offered
  • CBAD 478 Q Strategic Management
  • CBAD 401 International Business
  • MBA 690 Strategic Implementation
  • MBA 660 Global Business

This program offers students the opportunity to study international business and strategic management across England, Scotland, and Ireland, with 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 nineteenth century Harlaxton Manor, where students will live and study for the bulk of the trip. Previous organization visits have included Jaguar, Land Rover, John Deere, Nottingham Forest Football Club, Notts County Football Club, and Castle Rock Brewery, among others. Other trip 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 – as well as a multi-stop tour of Ireland, starting and finishing in Dublin’s fair city. Moreover, students will hone their professional skills through a networking event with prominent local leaders and a formal business etiquette banquet.

The physical demands of the program include city walking and hiking on uneven surfaces for several hours at a time.

Course Information

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

Course Description 

CBAD 478 Q Strategic Management. (3) (Prereq: A 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

CBAD 401 International Business. (3 credits). (Prereq: A 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: Arlise McKinney

MBA 690 Strategic Implementation. (3 credits). (Prerequisite 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

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: Nicholas Rhew

Accomodations & Meals

While at Harlaxton Manor, students will stay in dormitory style rooms which sleep 2-4 people and have access to shared facilities. On overnight excursions, students will stay in budget-friendly hotels with double or triple occupancy. Cafeteria style breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided while at Harlaxton Manor only. Students are responsible for their own meals on excursions.

Faculty & Staff Leaders

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

Dr. 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, Italy, Ireland, and France. He has led study abroad programs in China, Spain, Italy, and the UK and Ireland.

Mr. David Fink, Lecturer and Executive in Residence, Wall College of Business  • 843-349-3468
Mr. Fink is an Executive in Residence and Lecturer in the Department of Management and Decision Sciences at Coastal Carolina University. He has extensive experience as a senior executive, corporate officer, and entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, which included frequent international travel to locations such as England, France, South Africa, and many others. In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Fink accompanied Coastal Carolina University students to England, Scotland, and Ireland on the inaugural "From Castles to Corporations" program.

Cost of the Program

Cost of the Program = Program Fees + (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate)

In-State Students ($357/credit)

CCU credits  Program Fees Tuition  Cost of Program
3 credits $4,829 $1,071 $5,900
6 credits $4,829 $2,142 $6,971

Out-of-State Students ($432/credit)

CCU credits Program Fees Tuition Cost of Program
3 credits $4,829 $1,296 $6,125
6 credits $4,829 $2,592 $7,421

Included in Program Fees: Program fees include roundtrip airfare from the U.S. to the United Kingdom; accommodations; most meals; local transporation; planned excursions; and emergency medical insurance.

Not included in Cost of Program: 

  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses:$500 for meals not covered by program fees 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 for classes in the week leading up to the departure date. Students will need to make sure they have accommodations leading up to the program departure date.  Students should confirm with faculty leaders the date of departure before securing housing.

Payment Schedule for Program Fees and Tuition

Program Fee & Tuition Schedule Due Date Amount Due
Deposit November 1, 2017 $300
1st Payment December 8, 2017 $1,510 
2nd Payment January 12, 2018 $1,510
3rd Payment February 12, 2018 $1,509
Tuition April 20, 2018 In-State: $357/credit
Out-of-State: $432/credit

Deposits can be made in-person at Student Accounts (Baxley Hall) or over the phone. After acceptance to the program, payments can be made either online through Webadvisor or at Student Accounts.  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

Helpful Links

Harlaxton Manor:

For a video showing aerial views of the exterior: