Studying High Performing Organizations in France

This exciting new program led by Professor Pett offers Rollins students the opportunity to study business and business culture in France while earning eight credits and collaborating with French University students. 

Experience France!

Students will engage with French University students in class, on group projects, and during free time.

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Overview

This unique, new program will bring together the interdisciplinary strengths of the participating faculty and students from both Rollins and Groupe ESC Pau Colleges as well as drawing on the experiences and knowledge of business owners, community partners and entrepreneurs within the Aquitaine region of France. The French business culture offers a unique and innovative way of doing business through socially responsible approaches within the European Union (EU). This six-week program is offered in partnership with Groupe ESC Pau and provides Rollins management students with a range of educational opportunities,

  • Network and complete two (2) academic Rollins classes with French students in a unique educational setting.
  • Interact with French entrepreneurs of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as they manage their businesses towards becoming high performance organizations (HPO).
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the role of the entrepreneur as a business and civic leader as well as a community leader with a global social impact.
  • Participate in social and political visits like sustainable projects, social business, and public institutions that support SMEs
  • Participate in cultural excursions and company visits throughout areas surrounding southern France, such as Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pyrenees Mountains, Sanctuary of Lourdes, and San Sebastian, Spain.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Application Deadline: February 19, 2018
  • Applications open in November
  • Juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • BUS 245-International Organizational Behavior and BUS 236-Statistics for Business
  • Application Instructions: How to Apply

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2PM during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment.

Program Calendar

2018 Calendar

  • May 14: Arrival day and orientation
  • May 15: Orientation
  • May 16: Classes begin
  • June 28: Last day of classes

2019 Calendar

  • Similar to 2018 Dates

Getting There

Students will book their own flights to France and travel to Pau independently. Upon arrival, students will check into their dorms and begin an orientation that covers student services and other logistics. The second day of orientation includes a welcome ceremony, a program-specific orientation, plus a tour of downtown Pau and a visit to a nearby castle!

Academic Information

Faculty

This program is led by Professor Timothy Pett, from the Department of Business. In addition, Professor Laurent Sié, will co-teach with Professor Pett in France. Professor Sié is a Professor of Knowledge Management and Innovation at ESC Pau Business School, the host University for this program. ESC Pau Business School offers a range of further education, higher education and executive programs from Bachelor to Masters Level. ESC Pau Business School collaborates extensively with the region’s major industrial poles of excellence, including Aeronautics, Geosciences, Food Industry, Carbon Fibre, Chemicals, the Horse Industry and the Sports Industry. ESC Pau’s core values are commitment, innovation, and authenticity, and, like Rollins, they aim to create global citizens and responsible leaders.

Courses

All students on the program will take two courses as follows:

  • BUS 354 - High Performance Organizations (HPO): High Performance Organizations (HPO) are identified with consistently high levels of profitability, productivity, quality, ROI, customer loyalty (retention), and employee loyalty (retention). Using case studies students examine the corporate philosophies, enlightened policies, core competencies, and best practices which characterize HPOs.
  • BUS 390 Special Topics in Business - Knowledge Management (4 credit hours): Course deals with significant economic, political, social, and ethical problems facing global businesses. Conducted as a seminar, discussions will be based on current readings, journal articles, and cases.

These classes satisfy one major business core course requirement (BUS 354 High Performance Organizations) as well as one elective course, BUS 390. The program also fulfills the Global Experience required for all students in the Business major.

Transfer of Credit

Students will receive eight credits upon successful completion of the program. The course will appear on the Rollins transcript as a normal Rollins course with a standard letter grade.

Housing and Meals

Rollins students will be housed in single occupancy rooms in a University Hall of Residence next to the ESC Pau campus. Each room has a shower, lavatory and a refrigerator for food and drinks. There are several communal kitchens in the Hall of Residence as well as a large supermarket and other shops a 5 minute walk from the campus. Two regular bus services operate between the Campus and Pau town center, which is only a 5 minute bus ride away (25 minutes if walking). There are also a number of inexpensive dining options on campus open during the week.

Student Activities

 Activities & Excursions

The program includes a number of excursions designed to enhance the course content and introduce students to French culture and the Aquitaine region of France. Examples of business visits include the Pau Chamber of Commerce, the Emmaüs Community, and the Chem’Park chemistry cluster. Examples of cultural excursions include visits to Biarritz, San Sebastian (Spain), Bordeaux, and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Life in Pau

During the program, students will have classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays are used for program excursions and there is one weekend excursion as well. Students are encouraged to spend time with their French classmates on the weekends and after classes exploring Pau and the nearby region. Pau is a beautiful historical and university town of around 100,000 inhabitants located in the charming Aquitaine region in the South-west of France between the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees Mountains. It is about 1 hour away from the Atlantic coast and its famous sea resorts and surfing spots (Biarritz, Hossegor,). The Spanish border is just a short drive away. Bordeaux and its wine region and Toulouse and its aerospace valley are both about 2h away. The holy town of Lourdes is just down the road. Pau offers a very safe, green environment with a very dynamic economy and has excellent plane and train connections with Paris

Costs

Program Fee

  • 2016 Program Fee: $4,900*
  • 2017 Program Fee: $4,900

Includes

Includes tuition, program administration, housing, orientation program, cultural excursions, business visits, and comprehensive health and emergency insurance.

Does Not Include

  • Meals: $500
  • Airfare and train to Pau: $1,300
  • Personal Expenses: $200

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

*Estimated costs for all programs are based on anticipated numbers of students and current exchange rates. Costs are subject to change. Final prices will always be communicated to accepted students before they commit to the program.

Office of International Programs
Mills Memorial Hall - Main Floor
1000 Holt Ave. – 2759
Winter Park, FL 32789

T. 407.646.2466
F. 407.646.2595
studyabroad@rollins.edu

Emergencies:
Campus Security 24/7: 407.646.2999

Office hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Walk-In Advising:
Tuesday-Thursday 12-2 p.m.