United Kingdom: Family Business and Entrepreneurship

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2018 program. Updated 2019 program information will be available in summer 2018. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change.

KINGSTON, UNITED KINGDOM - This program will focus on family business, entrepreneurship, and international business and culture in the U.K. The five weeks in Lancaster would involve studying family business case studies with an emphasis on cultural differences between the UK and the US, with particular attention paid to the aspects of entrepreneurship in family businesses both at start up as well as during succession. 

The course will also consist of lectures by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) faculty members and entrepreneurs in residence. The international business and culture will include lectures, UK case studies as well as field trips that relate to the culture and history of business in the greater Lancaster area. 

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The next application period opens August 1, 2018

2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2019

Estimated Program Dates: May 2019 - July 2019
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Opens August 1, 2018)

*Disclaimer: Program dates for 2019 may slightly differ from dates provided

*Program participants will spend May 29 - June 1 (1 week) in Grand Rapids and (5 weeks) of classes will be held in the UK

2019 Program information will be available in August 2018


Students will register for a total of 6 credits:    

MGT 330: Entrepreneurship (3 credits) 

            AND any of these two courses:

MGT 380: Family Business Case Study (3 credits) 


BUS 301: International Business and Culture in the U.K. (3 Credits)

*Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives and completely fulfills General Education Issues requirement only if students take MGT 330 and BUS 301

Language of Instruction: English


Program participants will live in double occupancy dorms in Lancaster University, Lancaster.

Cost and Scholarships

2019 Program information will be available in August 2018


Program Fee: $5,280


  •  Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Transportation on site
  • Field Trips

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits): $3,150
  • Personal Expenses ($500)
  • Additional Meal ($250)
  • Passport ($140)
  • ISIC card ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $9,348


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program.  Awards are based on program costs and financial need.  Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3103

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.


To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to ALL majors.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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Visa Requirements

As of July 2015, students applying for one semester at Kingston Uni can enter the UK as a student visitor without securing a student visa. Restrictions do apply to those who enter as a student visitor. A student visa (Tier 4) is required for students who will study in the UK for the academic year or longer than 6 months. For additional information, please reference our student visa guide. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

Arrival Information

Students interested in being greeted at the airport by a Kingston University staff person should fly into into London Heathrow Airport. If students arrive on one of the designated arrival days (provided by Kingston University), a staff member from Kingston will greet students at the airport, and take them to their housing placement. If you choose to arrive early, or your flight arrives outside of the designated times allowed for the airport greeting, you will be required to make your own way to Kingston.

Detailed instructions on how to get to Kingston are available on the Kingston University website at: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/pre-arrival-information/.  

CDC Report


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US State Department Information


The first step to an international trip is to read our Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to our safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region.  Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad.  If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas. 

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2019
Timothy Syfert
Faculty Advisor

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