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​Business Programs

​​​ The Providence College School of Business (PCSB), in partnership with the Center for International Studies, has embarked on a bold new program of study for business majors on semester study abroad. This program makes engaged learning a more integral part of the study abroad experience by gradually phasing in an internship requirement for business majors who study abroad for a semester. An internship experience will be optional for the class of 2020, required for class of 2021 students who study abroad in the fall semester (but not spring), and the requirement will be fully implemented for the class of 2022 and beyond. As the new requirement is rolled out, there will be two lists of programs that have been pre-approved by the Center for International Studies and the School of Business, from which students will be required to choose their program. These programs have been pre-approved by the Center for International Studies and the School of Business. 

The "Study Abroad + Internship List" (SAIL) is comprised of study abroad programs with both coursework and internships. Students on these programs would earn 15-18 credit hours. The "Study-Only List of Options" (SOLO) contains programs with and without internships. Students on these programs may complete an internship, but they are not required to do so. Programs have been approved for students based on their class year and the semester during which they study abroad. 

  • Class of 2019-2020: SOLO or SAIL
  • Class of 2021 (fall semester): SAIL
  • Class of 2021 (spring semester): SOLO or SAIL
  • Class of 2022 and beyond: SAIL

Study Abroad + Internship List (SAIL)

The Providence College School of Business (PCSB), in partnership with the Center for International Studies, has embarked on a bold new program of study for business majors on semester study abroad, which will enable students to complete an internship alongside 12 additional credit hours during their semester abroad. This new model of experiential international education for undergraduate business majors, called "Study Abroad + Internship" (SAIL) is intended to help prepare students for their future professional and career aspirations.

Working alongside partner providers overseas, students will be placed into internships that provide them with the opportunity to hone skills in accountancy, finance, management, or marketing. This overseas experience will help develop and produce better prepared students for post-graduate employment opportunities, as well as enhance their employment prospects with multinational companies. Students will gain the cultural agility needed to compete in today's globalized workforce. The following business majors will study abroad under the SAIL list:

  • Class of 2019 and 2020 (optional)
  • Class of 2021 (mandatory for fall semester; optional for spring semester)
  • Class of 2022 and beyond (mandatory)

Study-Only List of Options (SOLO)

The Study-Only List of Options (SOLO) is the traditional list of approved study abroad programs for business students. Some programs on this list include internships, but they are not required. Students participating in these programs may or may not choose to participate in an internship. This is list is available for the following business majors:

  • Class of 2019 and 2020 (optional)
  • Class of 2021 (optional for spring semester; not available for fall semester)

Notes About Choosing Your Program

Coursework​ Abroad

The majority of programs offered in non-English speaking countries are open to students with no prior knowledge of that language. However, the programs listed below may have specific eligibility requirements in regards to GPA, language, and/or course pre-requisites.  It is the responsibility of the student to research carefully these requirements prior to application.

Course offerings vary by program, so students should not assume that a program will have the courses they need simply because the program appears on this list. Students also should consult the Center for International Studies and School of Business Policy on Study Abroad Courses.
​​

Which Semester Should I Study Abroad?  

​In the chart below, students can find general guidance as to whether the fall or spring semester would work better for study abroad. This chart is a suggestion, and all students should work with their major advisors to determine which semester would be most appropriate given their course needs and career path. Finance and marketing students who are seeking a Wall Street internship following their junior year should be prepared to do remote applications and interviews. 

Fall

​Spring​

Accountancy majors on the 4+1 track (applying for leadership programs with global firms)

​x

​Accountancy majors on the 4+1 track (applying for internships)​

x

Accountancy majors on track to complete 150 credit hours in four years  (applying for leadership programs with global firms)

​x

​x

​Accountancy majors on track to complete 150 credit hours in four years  (applying for internships)

​x

​​​​Finance majors pursuing careers in: banking, insurance, risk, analysis/management, or corporate treasury management

​x

​x

​Finance majors pursuing careers in wealth management

​x

​Management majors

​x

​x

​Marketing majors

​x

​​​C​oursework Considerations for Accountancy Students

​​​​Introduction to the Profession is a required course that is only offered in the fall and is typically taken during the junior year. If students study abroad in the junior fall semester, they will have to take this in their senior year. The course has been shown to be a valuable experience for students to learn about the various professional opportunities that they may have and deferring this to their senior year may not be optimal. Proactive students that plan to study abroad fall of junior year could arrange to take this in their sophomore year. Students who study abroad in the spring semester can take the course in the fall of their junior year. 

Auditing is a required course that is taken in their senior year, but is only offered in the fall semester. Accounting Information Systems is a prerequisite for Auditing, therefore students that study abroad need to be sure to take this in the semester of their junior year that they will be on campus.


Coursework Considerations for Finance Students

Students who are pursuing careers in wealth management typically take FIN-495 and FIN-496 (SMIF I and II). These courses will run spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year. Therefore, students planning to take these courses should study abroad in the fall.  

Students planning to take FIN-445 Portfolio Management should study abroad in the spring semester as that course is currently only offered in the fall semester. ​


Please note: In order to balance the number of students intending to study abroad across the academic year, the College reserves the right to restrict the numbers of students approved to study abroad in any one semester.