Online Summer 2020 Program: Paris, France

Overview

Choose from two separate 6-week sessions this summer with our online program at American Business School in Paris. Take up to 4 courses taught by ABS faculty from the comfort of your own home. This program also includes French conversation practice with one of our Resident Directors.

What’s Included

  • Up to 6 credits per session from American Business School
  • Take courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines from all 13 programs
  • A $500 scholarship/grant towards a traditional 2021 AIFS Study Abroad program
  • Courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines
  • City Spotlights of Paris, Rome, Berlin, London and Prague
  • AIFS Around the World cultural events including cooking classes, scavenger hunts and more
  • Career-focused workshops
  • Virtual hangouts with participants from around the country

Credits Available
Up to 6 credits per session.

Courses

You may choose courses from a variety of subjects and disciplines below and from all 13 Online Study Programs.

SESSION 1

FINC 435 (3)
Sustainable Finance
The new normal in the financial world is Sustainability. Increased awareness on international markets led among other reasons by scarcity of resources, the search of profits through efficiency and climate change influence financial decisions worldwide. Investors react to and value ancillary factors in their financial decisions and sustainability continues to gain recognition. This course is the study of finance and sustainability as an integrated subject beginning with an introduction of financial and investment principles and moving towards financial analysis, financing and valuation. The course covers diverse aspects of sustainable investments and offers tools for effective financial valuation and effective risk assessment. The perspective proposed by this course is motivated by the desire of corporations for continued prosperity, expansion and in some cases even to promote their own survival. Sustainability is in essence a triple bottom-line that includes economic, social and environmental considerations into its analysis. Sustainable Finance incorporates additional elements into that scope that include among others investment metrics, investment terms, risk, ethics, corporate responsibility, etc.

MGMT 310 (3)
Project Management
Project Management examines the organization, planning, and control of projects and provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule and resources. Topics include project life cycle, work breakdown structure and Gantt charts, network diagrams, scheduling techniques, and resource allocation decisions. Concepts are applied through team projects and tutorials using project management software.

MGMT 401 (3)
Doing Business in Europe and Russia
The volatility economic power of Russia in contrast with the waning economic and political power of Europe makes for a complicated and delicate relationship that has wide reaching implications. The past 60 years has witnessed wide-reaching developments in this critical area of the world, and today business leaders must have a clear understanding of the implications of the conflicts and the cooperation in this region

MGMT 403 (3)
Sustainable Business
A changing mindset from short-term to long-term is starting to take hold in the business world. A changing mentality among business leaders and consumers is shaping the way that companies interact with their communities, their environment, their employees, their customers, and all their other stakeholders. Companies can no longer simply focus on the one bottom line, but must expand their vision in order to consider the implications of climate change, shifts in commodity demand and supply, including labor, and much more.

MKTG 240 (3)
Consumer Behavior
This course explores the history and development of Consumer Behavior from the post WWII era to the present day, differentiating the methods, structures and implications of each and the effects in all aspects of contemporary life; mainly economics and sociology. To provide students with a working knowledge of the methods, tools and objects of both pre-and post-internet marketing practice and the growing impact of globalization.

MKTG 400 (3)
Creating and Developing Luxury Brands
The latest theories and cutting-edge thinking are introduced with interactivity to enable students to work with real issues faced by today’s leading as well as niche high luxury brands. Workshop sessions will follow lectures sessions. Student and professor’s own cases will provide workshop sessions. Groups will at times be required to prepare workshop analysis in advance. Videos and video interviews will be provided to reinforce lessons learned.

SESSION 2

COMP 120 (3)
Computer Applications for Business
Students will master Excel going as far as designing Excel tools corresponding to a given task. Students will also master basic uses of Word and be comfortable combining the use of Excel and Word. This course aims to help prepare future managers to achieve an operational level in the use of Excel and Word.

ENGL 101 (3)
Academic Methodology
Helps students find a subject and the information they need, how to cite it properly, develop effective study habits and time management, and lays out how to write the academic paper. Spelling and punctuation will be covered, as well as how to conceive, craft, execute and present research.

MGMT 215 (3)
Organizational Behavior
The corporation was once completely focused on economics, finance and accounting. In today’s ultra-competitive and demanding economy, the business climate can no longer rely on the sale of a simply efficient service or trustworthy product to guarantee profit and turnover. Technology, transport, free trade, outsourcing and off shoring are some of the revolutionary business forces which have transformed the corporate community into an interconnected local village. Borders, countries, languages, philosophies unite to expand the culture of a company across oceans of market share and centuries of geo-political lifestyle. Today organizational behavior and modern management theory have opened us to an entirely new vision of the workplace offering valuable guidelines into the heart of a business, and its most valuable asset: human beings.

FREN 270 (3)
Summer Extension: Culture and Careers
This program is designed to expose students to cultural and career development experiences unique to their stay in Paris. The program is a series of specific activities built around culture exposure, language and cultural exchange, as well as future career opportunities, and introductions to new industries and areas of career development. The concept of this extension program is to leverage the students’ proximity to the fashion and luxury industry in Paris, as well as companies from innovative startups to large multi-national Paris-based organizations, to bring a new perspective to the students’ viewpoint of their career path ahead. Students will be introduced to business vocabulary as well as have the opportunity to spend time with native francophone students who are motivated to exchange and learn more about their culture and language

Career Focused Workshops

Readying Your Resume, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn
Preparing your professional documents and online presence is an essential piece of your career search. This session will cover best practices for connecting the dots from your experiences on-campus and abroad to the job description as well as address common hurdles in composing cover letters. Participants will be invited to schedule a 1:1 review of their resume and LinkedIn profile with Angela Manginelli, AIFS Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives following the group session. 

How to Ace the Interview
Interviews can be stressful, so it’s important to be prepared to put your best self forward in the process. This session will review what employers are looking for in new hires, interviewing etiquette, tips for structuring responses to common interview questions, and provide information on how to craft your personal elevator pitch. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice mock interviews with their peers during the session and will receive resources to continue preparing following the session. 

Navigating the Transition from College Student to Career Professional
Unlike college, your career does not come with a syllabi and that transition can be challenging. This session will help students know how to successfully make the switch to post-graduate professional, including tips on working in a multicultural and multigenerational workforce. We will address how to consider multiple job offers, budgeting for life after college, and knowing how to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Career Guidance for Working in Education Abroad
Interested in working in education abroad but don’t know how to get started? Join our panel of AIFS alumni and staff who will share their expertise on what it’s like to work in the field and tips for leveraging your cross-cultural experiences into a career. This session will include information on working in various roles at a university and an international education organization as an Admissions Officer, Field Staff member, Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives and many more. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions and set up 1:1 informational interviews following the group session.

AIFS Around the World

Italian Excellence
Do you know that Italy is the country with the greatest number of Unesco Heritage sites?
Do you know that Italy the 4th world’s largest producer of jewelry?
Do you know that Italy has 140 wheat crop varieties, while the US has 6?
Do you know that the Italian automotive sector numbers 3200 companies with some of the best brands in the world?
Do you know that Italy is the undisputed world leader in the production of superyachts?
Learn about this and much more, while participating in interactive webinars.

Virtual Italian Buddy
If you are interested in learning Italian, do not just sit and study. Interact with an Italian student who can help you with your homework and tell you a lot about local amenities while regularly chatting with you.

Sweet Ideas from Italy
Learn how to prepare a Tiramisu or a Sorbetto, or maybe discover how to make the typical Florentine Cantuccini cookies. The secrets and recipes that we would like to share with our American friends are so many!

French Conversation Practice
Have you signed up for any of our French online classes in Grenoble?  If so we would like to offer you the chance to book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Resident Directors based in France.  Miranda in Grenoble, Sandrine in Cannes and Danica in Paris are all eager to meet you and to assist you with your language learning.  Online classes are great for language but a one on one session with one of our team live from France should help you reach the next level.  Sign up today to book an appointment.

Spanish Cook-Off!!
You may think Spanish food is the same all over the country, but you would be wrong. AIFS has programs in six different locations in Spain - Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Valencia – and each region has its own cuisine that they are rightly proud of.  Sit in with our wonderful Resident Directors as they discuss the merits of their regional dishes, it may get quite animated, and then tune in for some actual cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make an authentic tortilla from Gaye Michaels in Salamanca and pan con tomate from Inma in Barcelona, as well as more insights into life in each location. 

Italian Wine Tradition
Wine is a big tradition Italians have always been proud of. Meet Marco, AIFS Rome staff, to get introduced to the world of Italian wines. Classes are meant to introduce inexpert users to a correct and functional approach to the very complex culture of wine consumption. By tasting a different wine variety in each single class, topics such as wine tasting and food pairing methods, wines and grapes geography, table manners and drinking etiquette, and wine seen as cultural trait d’union between cuisine and local Italian traditions will be covered. 

A Taste of Italian Cuisine
While home, how many of us have spent (at least!) some hours in the kitchen trying to duplicate some tasty special recipes? Join Luigi and Riccardo, our talented Roman chefs, to discover the secrets of Italian cuisine. Get the recipes, be ready with the ingredients required and have fun! You will learn how to cook two traditional Italian recipes while you practice from home. Buon appetite!

Parliamo Italiano?
Would you like to practice your Italian skills with a native? Book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Italian staff: meet Rosanna, Chicca and Marco in Rome for a fast and fun way to improve your language skills!

Prague: Interactive Cultural Quiz and Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues and answer questions on the many cultural and historical sites in Prague. Our staff will introduce you to some fascinating historical figures, buildings and sites – the stories behind them and experiences you can enjoy in Prague. Play against fellow students and win a prize while learning about one of Central Europe’s most iconic cities.

London: History and Diversity
Home to over 9 million people, with over 300 different languages spoken per day, London is one of the most diverse cultural capitals of the world, renowned for its creative industries including fashion (London Fashion week alone generates over £100m of orders), art, theatre and media. It boasts of over 200 museums and galleries, including the world-renowned British Museum (home to the Rosetta stone) and the Tate Modern Art Gallery, along with the main residence of Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace, and picturesque parks such as Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Richmond Park. Yet, despite all this, tradition is not the driving force behind London’s creativity – rather it is the diversity of its people that fuels and shapes London’s formidable cultural landscape. London professor Nicole D’Adamo Moody will introduce you to London’s rich cultural past and present.

A Study Abroad Journey: AIFS Student to AIFS Coordinator
Meet Gina and Trung, Coordinators on our Florence, Italy program. But before that they were both AIFS students on our Florence program. Learn about what drew them to Florence, how the program influenced their academic choices and the path that led them to later come back to AIFS as part of our team. Who better to guide our students than staff who were previously in their shoes.

Practicing Advocacy in Daily Life
It used to be that advocacy work just involved protest signs, sit-ins and rallies. But we’re now living in a time where your voice can be just as powerful from home. From registering fellow students to vote to learning about how you can support local, national and international policies that matter to you, Advocacy 101 is the place to get a basic understanding of the legislative process and how best to move forward and be heard in the digital age. This non-partisan session will explore opportunities to take action for international education and global engagement, and you’ll learn how to work with and educate your elected officials and their offices.

Coronavirus Around the Globe - Lockdown Lowdown
How is the pandemic affecting people in different countries?  You can see reports on the news but the only way to really know what is going on is to talk to the people living there.  Some of our wonderful Resident Directors have come together to discuss how things are where they live, how it has impacted their lives, but also to discuss the positive things they have seen and heard during this crisis. Please join Edu in Seville, Deniz in Budapest, Nele in Berlin and Miranda in Grenoble as they discuss the situation.

City Spotlights

Paris Virtual Tour
Discover areas of Paris with our local staff member Jane.  Jane is our Assistant Resident Director and her specialty is arranging all of the cultural activities for our students and accompanying them on the excursions to they get the most out of them.  Join her as she explores some of Paris’ classic districts and she shares her knowledge as only a local can.

Berlin Virtual Tour
Nele is our Resident Director in Berlin, and when she is not assisting our Berlin students with all elements of the program she is also a registered tour guide. Join Nele as she takes us on a tour of her favorite sites in Berlin.

Prague Virtual Tour
Join our Prague staff as they guide you around the beautiful city of Prague, the tour will include sites such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Old Town and a particular focus on the Jewish history with a tour of the Jewish Quarter. Join Renata, Jenny and Zdenek, our wonderful Prague staff, as they lead you on a tour of this beautiful city.

From Rome with (Remote) Love
Meet Christiaan and Lavinia, our professional and super friendly certified tour guides, as they virtually walk you through the wonderful streets of our beautiful Rome. Two appointments for two highlights of the Eternal City: Bernini vs. Borromini, or how the magic role of water, and the new impact of contemporary street art on the walls. Roman art has something for everyone!

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