When we say we are the most connected school to business, we mean it. Each year, Heider College of Business students and faculty travel to various cities both domestic and abroad to experience business first-hand.
Our travel courses grant students credit they need towards graduation, and give them the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture, meet Creighton alumni who are living and working in these markets, and find out what it really takes to be successful in a variety of industries.
Featured Travel Course: China
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From the Jesuit Refugee Service to Ingal Civil (a Valmont Industries Company) and Bloomberg Australia, Heider business students and faculty explore an eclectic sampling of southeast Australia’s corporate, cultural and geographical offerings during the annual Australia travel course. Non-business stops include the Sydney Opera House and the famed Bondi Beach, Melbourne Park and the Great Ocean Road Tour. The Australia travel course is sponsored by the Heider College of Business but open to all Creighton students. Travel courses in general offer students a way to “study abroad” and explore life outside the U.S. in an academic setting, but for a shorter period of time than a semester course. Being able to adapt to different cultural norms and how they play out in a work environment is essential. Travel courses shed light on this because they “allow students to learn how companies operate, but more importantly, how differently cultures operate.
“It sounds cliché, but I did not have a favorite part of the trip because every day was a new adventure,” says Nik McGannon, an accounting and finance double major from Minnetonka, Minnesota. The free day in Sydney that he and his classmates spent on Bondi Beach; the coastline along the Great Ocean Tour outside Melborne, with its kangaroos and koalas; and visiting the Twelve Apostles, the craggy limestone stacks that emerge from the Southern Ocean were all spectacular for Norby, Aman, and McGannon. “This trip was the most beautiful part of the world I have ever seen.”
“China is a dynamic, evolving, deeply historical place,” says Andrew Gustafson, PhD, associate professor of business ethics and society. “The world economy cannot be understood or predicted well without a fairly good understanding of China. It is, after all, the home of more than 20% of the world’s population.” So Dr. Gustafson co-created a travel course to the Pearl River Delta.
The class visits three key cities in the Southern Guangdong region - Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau - to help students learn about the rapidly changing Chinese world of business and to compare and contrast the stark cultural and economic differences between the three cities. Highlights include cultural experiences like excursions to wet markets and traditional Chinese business dinners along with professional visits and exclusive tours at companies that have Omaha connections. A few examples include visits to Valmont (headquartered in Omaha), BYD (owned by Warren Buffett), and Hercules Global Logistics, a company owned by Werner Enterprise (headquartered in Omaha). These direct connections provide Creighton students with an international network and increased opportunities for internships and employment in Southeast Asia.
Las Vegas is anything but a one-trick pony. That’s what Andrew Gustafson, PhD, associate professor of business ethics and society, wants his students enrolled in the Las Vegas travel course to discover. Open to all university students, the course addresses the human impact and dimension of business.
“Not only do we visit these world-renowned glamorous casinos and event venues, we also explore what concerns residents and government officials have about development, like water issues, and consider societal issues, like the impact of gaming on local culture and consider economic and ethical issues regarding employees, development and treatment of customers,” Dr. Gustafson elaborates. Students meet with manager of several large casino operations and visit with companies such as the Howard Hughes Corporation, who has created planned housing developments for over 100,000 residents in the Summerlin neighborhood in west Las Vegas. On this trip students learn how the city is responding to the housing needs of a rapidly growing population, and how business owners make the magic happen on the strip. The multi-dimensional nature of this travel course has proven to be very impactful on the students who have gone.
The New York Travel Course connects finance and accounting seniors with the dynamic corporate environment of Wall Street and greater New York City. During this course, students conduct in-depth research on the companies they will be visiting. With this background information in mind, students embark on the travel component of the course prepared to learn through strategic discussions and roundtable conversations with professionals in their field of interest.
Students visit some of the most influential companies in accounting, investment banking and financial services in Manhattan and its surrounding areas. Our travel courses offer so much more than a simple tour. They provide networking opportunities that bridge the student experience with their future professional life.
Students tour the New York Stock Exchange, visit with alumni at notable firms and businesses such as Bloomberg, Oppehnheimer and Co., KPMG, and Kiewit, and also get to enjoy some of the city’s premier entertainment opportunities. It’s the perfect option for students who are thinking about heading to the East Coast after graduation.
Business on the Western Frontier exposes marketing and business intelligence and analytics students to a variety of tech, retail and service businesses in San Francisco. Previously reserved for seniors, the course recently became open to sophomores and juniors in order to increase summer internship opportunities in the Bay Area for Heider students interested in building connections in that area.
Students and faculty tour the headquarters of tech giants like Google, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn; and then day-trip to the famed Pebble Beach golf mecca or take a detour to Wine Country. But it’s not just all about new faces, students on this travel course also get to meet with several alumni living in the area, like Amanda Damisch, BA’08, MS’09, founding member of Facebook’s global ethics and compliance program or Don Waite, business alumni and founder of data storage giant Seagate Technology.
Of all the places across the globe, why develop a travel course to South Africa? Because, says Ravi Nath, PhD, chair of the Department of Business Intelligence and Analytics, “it is a global economy, and our students must be prepared to navigate the complex and interconnected web of markets, suppliers, labor arbitrages, cultures and political considerations.”
The course incorporates several business visits to learn about South Africa’s business culture and hurdles they must overcome such as the nation’s huge disparity in wealth . The course also integrates cultural activities into two weeks of travel and several daytrips to places like Soweto and Robben Island, which have proven to be very moving experiences for students. Students benefit from experiencing another way of life and are thrilled when they catch a rare leopard siting during the annual safari ride!