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What is the program itinerary?

The schedule is:
  • May 5: Classes start in Montreal (Monday through Friday)
  • May 17: Depart for Brazil
  • May 18: Arrive in Brazil
  • May 19: Classes start at ESPM Brazil
  • May 24: Weekend in resort Ubatuba, Classes in Ubatuba
  • May 26: Classes begin in Rio de Janeiro
  • May 30: Program ends (noon)

How do I reserve a space?

To reserve your place, complete the online registration form and provide a $200 deposit. The deposit occurs in 2 steps:

  1. Applicants pay their $200 to their fee account
  2. Applicants then send an email to student [dot] accounts [at] mcgill [dot] ca with the subject line "Deposit for Brazil Program." This email ensures that the payment is recorded on the student's fee account as a deposit.

How much does the program cost?

The amount varies based on a few factors including personal spending, course tuition and flight costs. Below is a cost breakdown:

Tuition: McGill tuition - Regular tuition is paid per course.

Program Fee: Study Abroad program fee - $2,965 (tentative). This amount includes:

  • All hotels in São Paulo, Ubatuba and Rio for the nights of May 18 to May 29;
  • All breakfasts for the dates May 19-30 inclusive;
  • Bus transportation between São Paulo airport to hotel;
  • Bus transportation between São Paulo-Ubatuba/Ubatuba-Rio;
  • Bus transportation to corporate tours; and
  • Bus tour of São Paulo.

What travel arrangements will I need to make?

Visa

All Canadians and Americans require a Visa to enter Brazil. Citizens of other countries should check with the Brazilian consulate/embassy website or embassy to see if they need a visa to enter Brazil.

Consulate General of Brazil in Montreal 
1 Westmount Square, Suite 1700 
Montreal, QC H3Z 2P9 
Tel: (514) 499-0968 
Fax: (514) 499-3963 
www.consbrasmontreal.org

Click here to be directed to the visa application form.

Please note: 

For this course you will need a VITEM I (cultural visit) visa. The application process starts on a form on the consulate/embassy website, which also gives detailed instructions.

You must then go to the consulate with a letter from McGill (request it from Gina Ceolin) and the requisite visa fee. When applying for a Brazilian visa, please be prepared to present a passport photo, a bank statement (as proof of financial means), your airline ticket, and valid passport. Passport requires a minimum of 6 months remaining prior to date of entry.

Flights

Students are responsible for booking their own flights. This is for several reasons. Many students choose a particular airline to fly on points, collect points, or choose a later return date. Students will fly to Sao Paulo leaving Saturday, May 17 for arrival on Sunday, May 18 (morning). Most students will book their return flight from Rio de Janeiro. This is called an open jaw ticket.

Where will we be staying? (tentative)

São Paulo:
Mercure São Paulo Alamedas
Rua Padre João Manoel 202
Bairro Cerqueira Cesar
01411-000
São Paulo - SP
Tel.: (55) (11) 3069-1600
Website
 
Ubatuba:
Wembley Inn, Praia das Toninhas
Rua A, 147
Ubatuba - SP
Brazil, Caixa postal 128
Tel: 55 (12) 3842-0198
Website
 
Rio de Janeiro:
Best Western Sol Ipanema Hotel
Av Vieira Souto 320
Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro
Brazil, 22420-000
Tel: +55 (21) 2525-2020
Fax: +55 (21) 2247-8484
Website

Whom should I contact for more information?

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Alfred Jaeger
alfred [dot] jaeger [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Room 356, Bronfman Building
(514) 398-4037
Robert MacKalski
robert [dot] mackalski [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Room 515, Bronfman Building
(514) 398-4609

Checklist of things to do before I leave?

A few reminders before the program starts:

  • Final payment by Friday, March 30, 2014
  • Airline ticket booked
  • Read this terms and conditions
  • Complete this travel form
  • Passport with minimum 6 month validity
  • Visa, if required

Other reminders:

  • Consultation with health care provider
  • VITEM-1 visa to enter Brazil (you will neeed a letter from McGill)
  • ATM /credit card company (We encourage students notify their banks and credit card company of the international trip to avoid “frozen” credit and bank card access.)

Which courses are offered?

MRKT 434/MRKT 691: Topics in Marketing: Global Branding

CRN for 434: 653 - CRN for 691: 655
Instructor: Robert MacKalski

Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University

This course looks at branding from an international perspective. Through readings, case analyses, discussions, and field studies, we will discuss the dynamics of marketing in developing and international environment and explore the kinds of strategies that firms can adopt to meet the challenges of globalization. Wherever possible, we will focus on the challenges facing international companies as they enter the South American markets. The course will include a group project with Brazilian students.

ORGB 380/ORGB 685: Cross Cultural Management

Professor: Alfred Jaeger
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University

This course addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that managers experience in international, multicultural environments – especially those related to Brazil and Latin markets. Development of conceptual knowledge and behavioural skills (e.g. bridging skills, communication, tolerance of ambiguity, cognitive complexity) relevant to the interaction of different cultures in business and organizational settings, using several methods including research, case studies and experiential learning.

Note: An independent study may be arranged for students who have already taken either of these courses.

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