We are an academic study trip design company. Founded in 1999, we work with business communities worldwide to deliver experiential programs that make a difference in the way students learn.
WHO WE ARE
INTERNATIONAL STUDY TOURS
We work closely with business schools to design fully customized academic study tours around the world for undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA programs. Using our world-wide network of professionals, we provide both the academic and logistic arrangements for over 200 programs per year.
We support companies’ training and development professionals in providing international field trips to facilitate team building, networking, cross-cultural experiences, and leadership development programs.
Our experiential learning projects marry the skills of business students with the needs of social (for-profit) entrepreneurs, microfinance institutions and other organizations who ‘do well by doing good’.
Our broad network of speakers and organizations enables you to tailor a program to your specific needs and interests in more than 100 destinations worldwide.
Estonia: The Next Silicon Valley?
Objective: To observe how companies use big data to improve business efficiency.
- Tour of ABB facilities for an in-depth look and discussion of their eco-innovative strategies
- Attending the Nordic & Baltic hi-tech start up conference Latitude59 and networking with top class entrepreneurs
- Visiting e-Estonia showroom & discussing life in a digital society
- Day trip to Helsinki by boat
Topics covered during the week:
- Eco-innovative strategies
- The development of the start-up scene in Nordic & Baltic regions
- The impact of new technologies on Estonia‘s future
Brazil: Economics of Poverty
Objective: To learn how social issues in the country impact its economy and future development.
- Discussing the future of Bolsa Familia program with Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor’s office representatives
- Helping local NGOs explore solutions to alleviate poverty through case study analysis
- Reflecting on social inequality issues with directors of Fundacao Telefonica
- Cultural immersion workshop with locals in a favela
- Attending Brazilian soccer game
Topics covered during the week:
- BRICS – is the economic miracle over?
- Investments towards the eradication of poverty
- Leading trends in CSR programs domestically and abroad
- Social entrepreneurship
- Brand advertising across the classes and consumer behaviour differentiation
Vietnam: The Road From a Frontier Market to an Emerging One
Objective: To understand Vietnam’s growing industries and current trends in manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurship. Highlights:
- Visiting a global, Australian clothing manufacturer to learn about their vertical integration strategy within Vietnam’s apparel & textile sector
- Team-up with local entrepreneurs for information & idea exchange; tackling real-world challenges facing their businesses at Start-Up Lab
- Case study with the head of global advertising agency BBDO to explore the influences of Vietnam’s youth demographics on advertising and marketing practices
- Half-day volunteering session at a local NGO dedicated to serving underprivileged youth
- Foodie motorbike tour in Ho Chi Minh City city for a taste of local culture and cuisine
Topics covered during the week:
- Vietnam's economy and its position in the region
- Tailoring business strategies to Vietnamese market
- What’s making Vietnam a good place for business
- How to support the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems
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26. 6. 2017 ‘Students as Customers’ & Safe Spaces – What’s Happening to Higher Education? Written by Geoff Fisher I recently saw an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by the new US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, titled... Written by Geoff Fisher I recently saw an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by the new US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, titled “Treating Students as Customers”, and while I have many questions about life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the like, this triggered questions that have been continually popping into my mind lately […]
26. 5. 2017 Frank’s Story We often talk about what IMPACT our programs have on people. What impact do these trips have on the students and faculty? What impact do the... We often talk about what IMPACT our programs have on people. What impact do these trips have on the students and faculty? What impact do the company visits and business interactions have on the speakers and company representatives? What impact do our groups have on the various service providers like hotel workers, bus drivers, restaurant […]
13. 3. 2017 ISPeople – Geoff’s Story: Moving Abroad & Various Learning Points (of Common Sense) Written by Geoff Fisher With no idea what I was doing or where I was going (literally looking up info about Prague and the Czech Republic in... Written by Geoff Fisher With no idea what I was doing or where I was going (literally looking up info about Prague and the Czech Republic in the airport as we waited to board our flight), I got on a plane and flew the nearly 6,000 miles halfway across the globe to the life awaiting […]
23. 2. 2017 Have You Ever Been “Over-Inspired”? Written by Geoff Fisher Inspiration is a funny thing – it comes in all shapes and sizes, sometimes expected and sometimes completely out of... Written by Geoff Fisher Inspiration is a funny thing – it comes in all shapes and sizes, sometimes expected and sometimes completely out of the blue, but we all know the feeling when it hits us. In today’s day and age with sources of inspiration literally at our fingertips and seemingly being offered to us […]
9. 1. 2017 CSR Activities of 2016! What better way to begin the new year than with good news! In 2016, ISP teamed up with The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT), raising money for... What better way to begin the new year than with good news! In 2016, ISP teamed up with The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT), raising money for their school development projects that include building science labs, providing libraries, and installing toilets and running water. We held various fundraising events throughout the year. Here are some of the highlights! […]
27. 12. 2016 Czech Republic: The Shape We’re In Turns out, we’re in pretty good shape! End story. Just kidding! Three members of ISP’s EMEA Department attended the second edition of this... Turns out, we’re in pretty good shape! End story. Just kidding! Three members of ISP’s EMEA Department attended the second edition of this very well-organized, annual conference by Forbes and Aspen Institute Prague at the National Gallery in Prague, on November 10th. The conference was a full-day event that provided “a comprehensive overview of the […]
25. 11. 2016 ISP and Social Responsibility As a the most dominant generational force, Millennials are driving change, innovation, and demand. One of the key areas of interest is... As a the most dominant generational force, Millennials are driving change, innovation, and demand. One of the key areas of interest is social responsibility. In response to increasing ethical consciousness, many businesses (ISP included) are seeking ways to balance profit and purpose for both employees and consumers, and the curricula of business education has evolved according to these trends. […]
17. 8. 2016 China Study Tour – Highlight of my University Degree Today we have a guest post from Brandon Lawrence, Assistant Accountant at Thomas & Associates and student of Flinders University.... Today we have a guest post from Brandon Lawrence, Assistant Accountant at Thomas & Associates and student of Flinders University. In July he travelled to China with his faculty, to gain firsthand experience of Chinese business culture. Brandon spent the first half of his trip in Tianjin. The second half, spent in Beijing, […]
20. 7. 2016 Changing perspectives on Vietnam with ISP Working for ISP has taught me a huge amount about business environments around the world, but as Marketing Manager I needed to... Working for ISP has taught me a huge amount about business environments around the world, but as Marketing Manager I needed to understand the ISP experience from the students’ perspective in order to gain a better understanding of our client’s needs. So in July, I packed my bags and travelled to Ho Chi Minh, […]