MBA Studies in International Business in Australia & New Zealand

Location: Australia and New Zealand
New for 2013-14: Four day New Zealand component has been added to the program!


Trip Dates: December 28, 2013 - January 11, 2014

Orientation Dates: December 6 and 13, 2013. Times to be announced.


This program for MBA students includes an introduction to international trade and finance in Australia and New Zealand. Lectures will be given by faculty from the University of New South Wales and the University of Auckland Business School. Through site visits to manufacturing facilities, financial service firms, and government agencies, students are introduced to macroeconomics, international trade policy and strategy, and finance in Australia and New Zealand.

Course Offering

MBA 8523: International Business Studies - 3 credits
Lectures include the following topics: Introduction to Finance in Australia and New Zealand, Trade Policies and Strategies, and the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

*The Office of International Studies will register you for two courses. The first will be VAB8000 which is merely a placeholder which initiates billing and allows us to track MBA students studying abroad. The second registration will be for MBA8523. You do not have to worry abour registering for this course.

Additional Academic Requirements

Open to students enrolled in the Villanova University MBA program only.

Housing and Meals

In Sydney, students will have single room accommodations with shared baths at the Women’s College of Sydney University. All breakfasts are included along with a few select lunches and dinners. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.

In Auckland, students will reside in 2 bedroom apartments with their own bedroom and shared facilities such as kitchen and bathroom.


Planned site meetings and visits include the U.S. Embassy, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Reserve Bank of Australia, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation of Australia, Bluescope Steel, Coal Industry Center, Australia Technology Park, and one of the 4 big banks of Australia (Westpac, ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB).  Additional activities planned for the students include:  Sydney Walking Tour, Sydney Harbor Cruise, Performance at the Sydney Opera House, Central Auckland walking tour, day trip to Waiheke Island, and a Hiking Trip in the Blue Mountains with an Educational Aboriginal Tour.


By signing the Villanova University Release Form, you agree that you have health insurance coverage while in Australia. If your current policy does not cover you in Australia, please follow this link to the student handbook and scroll to page 10 for insurance provider suggestions:

* StudentHandbook.pdf
International Studies Student Handbook

Faculty Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michelle Casario
Department of Economics and Statistics
Villanova School of Business
Bartley 3062


Application can be found in the Forms section of the website. Applications for MBA winter-term programs can be electronically submitted to the FPC.

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than Friday, September 13, 2013.  Admission in the program is based on rolling admissions and the program may fill prior to September 13, 2013. The non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due within two weeks of receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program (will be included in acceptance materials).

2013-14 Total: $4,600
Includes tuition, orientation, housing during program and all excursions, breakfast, on-site transportation and transfers. Airfare not included. Dr. Casario has arranged an optional, though highly encouraged, group flight. Details on the flight will be sent from Dr. Casario to program participants in late-September.

Course Offerings

MBA 8523: International Business Studies - 3 credits
Lectures include the following topics: Introduction to Finance in Australia, Australian Trade Policies and Strategies, and the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement.