Follow These Leads to Start Planning a Great Custom Business Program

These awesome business-minded custom programs ran during the summer of 2015 and you can use them to help you start building your successful custom business program!

Leadership in Thessaloniki

Offered through Purdue University, this 3-week custom program took students to the city of Thessaloniki on the northern coast of Greece. This is the third time that Purdue has run a similar program with ISA, but first time in Thessaloniki. Previously the program had taken place in Valencia, Spain and will be taking place in Morocco in 2016.

During the program students developed their leadership skills while conducting service projects throughout the Greek city.

Why is this program unique?

The program is exclusively for first-generation college students from Purdue’s Horizons program.

Learn more about this program from one of its participants.

Plus3 Coffee in Costa Rica

This brand new 2-week custom program through the University of Pittsburgh took students to beautiful Costa Rica to learn about the country’s coffee industry. Participants spent a majority of their time in the capital city of San José, but did travel to Monteverde and other locations near San José.

Why is this program unique?

The focus of this program was for students to explore globalization through the coffee industry in Costa Rica. Students got to see the whole process of the coffee industry, from the seed to exportation. In addition, they were able to compare from multinational companies to a cooperative model.

Find out more about this program’s participants’ experiences.

Social Media Across Cultures

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication program ran a 3-week multi-location custom program in the ISA sites of Milan, Berlin & London. During this program students experienced what it would be like to be a foreign correspondent by reporting and sharing stories from three of the major European media hubs.

Why is this program unique?

Students visit global newsrooms, PR firms, and other media outlets while experiencing local coverage firsthand.

Take a visual tour of this program.


Business in Prague & Central Europe

St. Edward’s University covered a lot of ground during this 9-day program. This program took students to Prague, Southern Moravia and Vienna to understand the business culture within the region and get hands-on experience developing a business plan for a local company.

Why is this program unique?

Students took academic visits to local businesses and economic government bureaus which were complemented by cultural activities such as museum visits and theater performances.


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Author: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 73 program locations throughout the world.

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