United Kingdom: Family Business and Entrepreneurship

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: Business Majors

Lancaster, 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. 

When can I go?

May 29 - June 1, 2018
(1 week in Grand Rapids)
June 2 - July 7, 2018
(5 weeks of class in the U.K.)

Where will I live?

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

Who is eligible to participate?

Open to all majors

2.0 GPA required 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:    


MGT 380: Family Business Case Study (3 credits) OR

MGT 330: Entrepreneurship (3 credits) AND

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

Language of instruction: English


How much does the program cost?

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

Financial Aid

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 schools study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


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 more information on these and other grants/scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director: 

Dr. Timothy Syfert
3145 Seidman College of Business

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.