MBA and Master's Programs

European Family Business Study Tour

BUEC 444 / SMO 648

Course Overview:

The Masters Programs Office offers students the unique opportunity to participate in an international study tour to Europe during the spring. This 3 credit course combines lectures and assignments at the University of Alberta during the Winter Term succeeding a two week on-site study tour of Berlin and Rotterdam in May. On-site, students participate in company visit, workshops at local universities, and cultural and sightseeing activities. The tour component is intended to give students first-hand insight into European business with a focus on family businesses, their governance structure, corporate strategy, and performance.

Course Information:

This 3 credit course is comprised of 2 components; classroom component and on-site tour component. The course combines lectures, company visits and sightseeing locations in Berlin and the Netherlands.
1. Classroom Component:

The classroom component will focus on understanding the political and economic dynamics of Europe, its culture, and role in the global economy. Moreover, will cover Europe’s business environment and how governance differences within Europe impact family business entrepreneurship. This component will take place during the Winter 2020 semester. All classroom sessions will take place in a School of Business room TBA.

2. On-site Tour Component:

The 12-day on-site tour of Berlin and Rotterdam will occur during the first two weeks in May. During the tour, students will participate in numerous company visits, lectures, workshops at local universities, and sightseeing activities.

Previous company visits include:

  • Technische Universitat Berlin
  • Egon Zehnder Global Executive Firm
  • Merck KGaA
  • De Kuyper: Royal Distilleries 

Previous sightseeing activities include:

  • Walking tour of Berlin
  • A soccer match at the Olympiastadion Berlin
  • Free days to explore the city.

Tentative Tour Date:

To be determined.

Cost and Funding:

To be determined. 


All accommodations during the tour are arranged by the Alberta School of Business. Students that wish to extend their stay in Europe will be responsible for finding their own housing arrangements.