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  • Locations: Basel, Switzerland; Geneva, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Graduate Language of Instruction: English
Program Type: Faculty-led, Study Tour Academic Areas: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing
Program Description:
Executive Pharmaceutical Marketing
May 21- 26th, 2018 

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Course Information

Course: MPE 720 Global Corporate Strategy with Dr. Thani Jambulingam Jambulingam

Eligible students:
  • Graduate students in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing, ACE & online
  • Students who are not on academic or disciplinary probation or deferred suspension may apply.
Note: Students who have already taken MPE 720 may be eligible to take this course as MPE 770 (Independent Study). Please discuss this with the department.

Course Description: The Global Corporate Strategy course focuses on the management of multinational corporations (MNCs) with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies operating within different global markets. While there, international environments imply greater opportunities because MNCs have access to new markets and resources, they also imply great organization and managerial challenges. The aim of this course is to investigate whether these challenges are worth it and how they can contribute to a company's "triple" bottom line. To accomplish this, the course will be held in Switzerland and assess the opportunities from MNCs operating within that country.

Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for MPE 720, for 2 credits, as part of their Summer 2018 Semester course load. Students will not be able to register themselves for the course.

Program & Cost Information
MPE 2014
  • Estimated* total program fee: $3,580*
  • Deposit: Non-refundable $300 check or money order only (made payable to SJU) due to the CIP with application no later than February 1, 2018
  • Final payment: $3,280 due to Hawk Central (can be paid online) no later than March 15, 2018
*Program fee is based on 12 participants. If number of participants changes fee will also change. 

Your Program Fee includes:
  • Accommodations: 5 overnights in single room accommodations with daily breakfast & free WIFI 
  • Meals: Group lunches on days of business visits (3); Welcome Dinner & Farewell Lunch (2)
  • Business Visits: TBD
  • Transportation: Private coach for all business visits 
  • Logistical Support: Tips & gratuities for coach drivers, porters, and included meals; 24/7 Assistance of SJU on-site Coordinator & CIP staff in U.S. 
  • Insurance: Premium for HTH Emergency Medical, Natural Disaster & Political Evacuation Insurance for dates of program

Not Included in Program Fee:
  • Estimated Tuition: Summer 2018 rate (TBD in April 2018)
  • Round-Trip International Airfare is NOT included in the Program Fee since students are traveling from many gateway cities to Switzerland.
    • ((IMPORTANT: Please hold off making your non-refundable airline ticket purchase until CIP re-confirms with you that we are moving ahead with the program.))
  • Airport transfer to/from hotel  
  • U.S. Passport ($135) or Renewal ($110), see below.
  • Daily, personal expenses 
  • Most meals (excluding those above; consider the Cost of Living Index)
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance (Recommended, Optional - Participants will learn more about post-acceptance into the Residency)
  • Schengen Visa ($66 as of 9/5; Required for non-U.S. citizen) see below

Passport & Visa  Information 
Although a copy of your passport is not needed in order to apply for the International Residency, it can take 4-6 weeks to obtain a passport. Upon acceptance, the CIP will need a copy of your passport. If your passport is expired or will expire in November 2018 or earlier, please renew your passport right away. 
Passport information can be found on the State Department Website.

For F-1 visa holders IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that your F-1 visa is valid (unexpired) so that you can return to the United States at the end of the International Residency. You cannot renew your visa in the United States or in the country you are visiting. Therefore, if your F-1 visa will expire before your International Residency departs, you will need to travel to your home country to get a new one before departing on the tour or program. If your F-1 visa is not valid for re-entry to the United States you will not be able to participate in the Study Abroad Program and you may be subject to penalty fees. 

For all other non-immigrants (H1, H4, L1, E1, TN, etc) – IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that you have the appropriate, required paperwork and valid visa in order to be able to return to the United States after your International Residency.

Schengen Visa - Schengen Visas are required for Non-U.S. citizens. More information from the Swiss Consulate in NY can be found here

Country Information geneva

Review the following information for Switzerland: State Department & CDC information.

Student Testimonials
My trip to Ireland was a priceless life learning experience. A person may be at the beginning or at the end of their life sciences management career, either way, their educational experience through SJU in Ireland will become enriched.  The companies SJU presented in Ireland were at the highest intellectual level.  SJU classes in Ireland were very well structured, open learning classroom environment.  There was at total collaboration between the SJU professor, staff, and students. 
-Thomas Golden, 2014 MPE International Residency in Ireland

The recent Global Strategy trip to Ireland far exceeded all my expectations relative to culture, academics, industry and course content.  Our site visits were not only well thought out but provided excellent access and insight to many prestigious manufacturing sites within the Bio-Pharma and medical device industry.  We had access to manufacturing assembly lines and clean rooms that typically in the operations side of the business I would not normally be able to experience and appreciate.  Additionally, being able to have discussions with top leaders within these organizations and industry (IMB) provided us an education of global strategy that was very relative to the industry and applicable to course expectations.  I would highly recommend for students of the program to consider participating in this residency in the future as it provided learning opportunities beyond the books and classroom setting. 
-Cheryl Guzman, 2014 MPE International Residency in Ireland

How to Apply:
  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the application deadline*. Applications are accepted first come, first served.
  3. Submit the $360 confirmation deposit to the CIP office to hold your spot on the tour. (Refundable if the tour does not run; non-refundable if you change your plans.)
*To access a previously started application, please click SJU login/register at the top right and login to view your application. Do not click Apply Now again.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.