Fall 2018 Meeting Dates*
September 14, October 19, November 16, November 30, and December 7
Tentative Dates Abroad*
January 6-15, 2019
*Dates subject to change
The International Finance Field Study incorporates a trip to major international financial centers. While visiting Argentina and Chile, the students will attend seminars given by corporate and investment bankers, government officials, and other financial executives. The trip will emphasize the differences between the Argentine and Chilean economic focus and development paths. The subject matter is indispensable for students contemplating a career in international business, or any other international position that requires decision-making and in-depth knowledge. Prior to leaving the U.S., students will attend class meetings covering topics relevant to the business visits and seminars given in the host countries. Students will learn about systemic risk, global regulation, free-trade agreements, international regulatory organizations, foreign exchange, and many other topics.
In addition to completing your Pace Study Abroad application, students are required to register for the Fall course FIN360/680V International Finance Field Study (3 credits) using the CRN's provided below:
73887 (NYC) or 74010 (PLV)
Undergraduates: FIN 260 or FIN 301 (minimum grade of D) and junior standing
Graduates: MBA 648 (minimum grade of C)
Good disciplinary and academic standing
Attendance at all scheduled pre-trip class sessions (mandatory)
Accommodations will be provided. Rooms will be assigned with two students per room.
Meet your Faculty Leader(s)
Dr. Aron Gottesman - email@example.com
Dr. Elena Goldman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Cost and Itinerary
2018 program fee (in addition to tuition, flight, and $100 study abroad fee): $2,750*
Program fee includes the following:
*Price is subject to change. DOES NOT include tuition, flight, visa, and $100 study abroad fee.
Students will be provided with a recommended flight option. International flight arrangements are the responsibility of the student.
Payments and Deadlines
All payments must be completed by the stated deadlines below. For undergraduates, $1,000 Pforzheimer Honors scholarship can be applied if it has not yet been used.
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to utilize the Honors scholarship.
All payments must be completed by the stated deadlines below:
$500 Deposit due: May 15, 2018
$2,250 Remaining balance due: September 15, 2018
Requesting Financial Aid
You may request that your financial aid package be extended for your study abroad program. We will work with you if you have special circumstances and cannot meet the established payment deadlines. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a budget sheet.
Dependent on acceptance into in the course, the Center for Global Business Programs offers international field study scholarships to help fund your travel fees.
The Figueroa Scholarship ($2,000) offers awards for competitive Lubin students who display academic merit, financial need, and submit a compelling essay.
Students are encouraged to apply to both rounds, if not selected in the first round.
Round 1: April 9 - May 11, 2018
Round 2: July 23 - September 6, 2018
Applications can be accessed here.
Please be advised of the Pace University Cancellation Policy below:
"I hereby acknowledge that the University reserves the right to make cancellations, changes or substitutions to the program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and that the University shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to program participants as a result of such cancellations, changes, or substitutions. I understand that the University reserves the right to cancel, terminate, and/or discontinue the program at any time. Any refund of tuition and fees, if appropriate, shall be issued pursuant to the University’s and University program’s policies."
Passport and Visa
It is important to obtain the necessary documents before you depart for your study abroad program. In order to cross international borders, you must be able to prove your identity and nationality.
Please be sure to leave ample time before the trip departure to apply for the appropriate travel documents. Passport processing times can fluctuate throughout the year and it is your individual responsibility to prepare your documents accordingly. The average processing time for a US passport is 4 to 6 weeks.
What is a Passport?
A passport is a document issued by your national government that certifies your identity and nationality for the purpose of international travel. Almost all international travel requires that you have and carry a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after re-entry to the United States.
For citizens of the United States, passports are issued by the US Department of State and provides many uses:
When presented abroad, it is a request to foreign governments to permit you to travel or temporarily reside in their territories and access all lawful local aid and protection.
It allows you access to US Consular services and assistance while abroad.
It allows you to re-enter the United States upon your return home.
It is important not to confuse a Passport Book with a Passport Card. A Passport Book is valid for international travel by air, sea, or land. A Passport Card is valid when entering the US from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossing or sea ports-of-entry. A Passport Card is not valid for international travel by air.
How Do I Apply for a Passport?
First time applicants should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. Applicants must bring their completed application, photos, required documents, and form of payment to one of many acceptance offices, which can be found using the State Department's passport acceptance facility search page.
Those looking to renew an adult passport should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. For citizens over 16 years of age, a passport is valid for 10 years.
The fee to receive or renew a passport is available on the State Department's full chart of costs. It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to process, so apply for a passport as soon as possible. You could expedite the services at an additional charge.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter another country generally must first visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport and allows you to travel to, from, and within that particular country or region legally.Countries typically break visas down into types that reflect the purpose of your visit—tourism, studying, and working, among many potential others.
Each visa has different requirements necessary to obtain them depending on country, type, duration and nationality of the applicant. A country’s consular office should be able to provide you with a list of requirements based on these factors.
A visa is a privilege, not a right. A consular office may deny your visa application, so it is best to adhere to their requirements as much as possible.
How Do I Apply for a Visa?
Obtaining a visa is your responsibility. It is important that you know what is required of you before attempting to enter a country. Failing to obtain a visa (or the correct visa) could result in a denial of entry into a country, and even criminal charges.
You can find the most up-to-date visa information by contacting the consulate or embassy of your host country. US Citizens can also find current visa information on the US State Department website.
Non-resident students must reach out to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) by emailing email@example.com.
Check if you will be able to keep your SEVIS record active while participating in the study abroad program.
Inquire about re-entry to the US at the completion of your program. Will you need to renew your US visa? Will your travel signature be valid?
If it will be your final semester, ask whether study abroad will impact your ability to apply for Optional Practical Training (F-1s).
How to Apply
To apply, click on the "apply" tab at the top or bottom of this page. Be sure to read all information carefully, as each program has different requirements and instructions.
After the initial application has been processed by Pace Study Abroad, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps including program specific applications.
Argentina and Chile use the Peso.
If you are traveling with your smartphone, it will be useful to download a currency converter app. Some apps are available for use offline, so if you are in an area with no access to WiFi, your app will still work!
Standard electricity in Argentina and Chile runs between 220 volts to 240 volts, while electricity in the US runs at 110 volts. Students must purchase plug adapters and power converters to protect their electronic devices. These can be purchased in the US or in abroad. We recommend you purchase any larger electrical items you may need abroad to save room in your luggage and you do not need to purchase an extra voltage converter. Most plug adapters and power converters can be purchased in a set but for heating devices it is recommended that you purchase a power cord as well.
WiFi vs. International Phones
International cell phone options vary depending on your individual wants and needs. Some students choose to disconnect from their home using only local WiFi to keep in touch, while others want to use their phone to keep in touch with family and friends, post to Instagram, Facebook, or surf the web. Be sure to talk with your family before choosing an option.
International Cell Phone Plans
You can use your own cell phone with an international calling plan. These plans vary depending on your cell phone provider. These plans can be complex so be sure to call your provider for detailed information such as roaming charges, international dialing and receiving of calls and international sending and receiving of texts.
International Sim Cards
Purchasing an international or global sim card allows you to use your own cell phone at reduced rates around the world. Sim cards are best for travelers who are either visiting many countries and/or going to be in a country for a short period of time. You will keep your own cell phone number, have access to voice, text, and data, but spend less on your call service. You pay as you go and reload your sim card when you need to. In order to do this option, you must have a GSM carrier unlocked cellphone for the sim card to work. To find out if you can unlock your cellphone you must contact your cell phone provider.
Buying or Renting an International Phone
Another option is to buy or rent a cellphone for your time abroad. There are many services that offer cell phone plans from basic, very inexpensive cell phones to expensive smartphones. Below are a few websites where you can purchase and international cell phone. Keep in mind there are tons of sites for you to find a phone. Make sure they are legitimate sites (read the reviews).
WiFi and Apps
Turning off your cell phones data and roaming and relying on WiFi is the cheapest way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, with this option you do not have the ability to Google directions, food or find a place to listen to a live band. Students can also use WiFi, which us usually available in large chain cafes, hotels, hostels and some restaurants. There are many apps you can use to communicate with family and friends such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Line and more.
Health and Safety
Your health and safety are Pace International's top priority and it should be yours as well. Always be aware of your surroundings, travel in pairs and make smart decisions. Always have your identification, your insurance card, your hotel card, a debit or credit card, and some cash on you at all times. Do not carry your passport with you unless specified by your professor. Keep your passport, large sums of money, prescription medication, any important documentation and electronics in your hotel room, preferably in a safe at all times.
While walking around Argentina and Chile, be conscious of your belongings. Pickpocketing is unfortunately common in crowded, touristy areas. Pickpockets are usually experienced and you will not know something was taken until possibly hours later. To avoid getting your personal items stolen, wear bags with small locks for the zippers, keep your important documents in a separate compartment from everything else, and do not keep anything valuable in your pockets. You may also want to invest in a money belt.
Before traveling to a new country, it is important to do your research. Learn about the history, politics, dress, language, norms, faux pas, food, etc. This can be accomplished with a quick Google search.
The official language in Argentina and Chile is Spanish. It is important to learn a few key words and phrases before departing for Argentina and Chile. Even if you are unsure you are pronouncing the words correctly, try anyway, it shows respect and people love to share their language.
Key Spanish Words and Phrases
How are you?
Excuse me. (to get attention)
Do you speak English?
How much does this cost?
¿Cuánto cuesta este?
I don't understand.
Where is the bathroom?
¿Dónde está el baño?
Nice to meet you.
Encantada de conocerte.
Check out the following useful links:Omniglot
BBC Language: Spanish
Don't be surprised if you find yourself overwhelmed with the variety of delicious food offered in Argentina and Chile. From empanadas to Dulce de Leche, there is food for every palate. The food in Argentina is heavily influenced in its traditional dishes and meats. Argentinians typically eat three meals a day, with a light breakfast, light or medium-sized lunch a snack and a large dinner.
The public transportation in Argentina and Chile is very reliable, punctual, and it takes you everywhere. In Argentina and Chile there are trains, ferries, subways, and taxis.
Long-distance busses are how most travelers – and Argentines – travel throughout the country. Fast, efficient and with basic food service on-board or a restaurant stop for longer journeys – they are much cheaper than traveling by plane and usually enjoyable. Local public transport consists of colectivos (also called ‘micros’) – older models that take short journeys through a town or city. You can often flag these down depending on the location and asked to be dropped-off at stops outside of marked bus stops. There is a Hop On Hop Off tourist bus in Buenos Aires that has 12 stops over approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. You can jump off at a location then show your ticket to the next bus that comes around and hop back on to visit another district (barrio).
A convenient, low-cost way to travel if your destination is on a route. Long-distance trains such those running from Buenos Aires to Tucuman have dining and sleeping cars which can make overnight journeys much more pleasant.Other areas that can be reached via train travel from the capital are: Rosario, Rojas, Mar del Plata, and Bahia Blanca.Tren Patagonico runs from Viedma to San Carlos de Bariloche. Ferrocentral is the private-owned rail company that provides service (day and overnight) from Buenos Aires Retiro Station to areas in northern Argentina such as Rosario, Cordoba and Tucuma. Ferrobaires is a public railway company operating train service throughout the Buenos Aires province such as to Tigre, Argentina. You can catch these trains from one the three main train stations in Buenos Aires: Retiro, Constitucion, and Once.Subterráneo de Buenos Aires (or Subte) is an underground rail system (subway) serving Buenos Aires. There is passenger and vehicle ferry service from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay and Montevideo, Uruguay (the capital) by Boquebus, Cacciola and Ferrytur. The trip takes 1 hour on the hydrofoil to Colonia and 3 hours on the regular ferry.
The S-trains run between 05:00 in the morning and 00:30 at night. Line F runs every 4-5 minutes, line A, B, C and E run every 10 minutes, and line H and Bx run every 20 minutes.
On Friday and Saturday the trains run once an hour between 01:00 and 05:00. However, line F runs every half hour during these hours.
You can easily spot a ‘Radio Taxi’ – they are black and yellow in the Capital, and white with blue lettering in the Provinces. They are the safest option for taxi service, especially in the capital. Airport taxis in Buenos Aires are white and blue. There are few problems with taking taxis in Argentina. Just be sure to have small bills to pay the driver.Local privately-owned taxis called Remises (hired car and driver) are a very convenient and low-priced way to get around (or get your groceries home from the almacén (warehouse or grocery store). You need to either call the dispatcher or walk to the street-front office with a “Remise” sign in the window nearest you.
Thank you for supporting studying abroad as a significant opportunity in the student's life. Studying Abroad is closely linked with higher grade point averages, shorter time to graduate, and a key to a successful early career as global companies as seen as a high priority by many employers.
Study Abroad Programs have a variety of different financial models, and time commitments. Study Abroad is affordable. Study Abroad is committed to high academic standards and the student will work with the Study Abroad and their respective school/college and department to meet the academic needs.
In addition, the Pace Internationals believes that studying abroad should provide participants with a significant cultural as well as academic experience. Whether it is through a homestay living arrangement, an in-country internship or other planned cultural and social activities, your participant will be given an opportunity to interact with the peoples and cultures of their host country.
The Study Abroad team will with each participant to insure that their individual needs and concerns are addressed before, during and after their learning abroad experience. Whatever type of program your family member or friend has chosen, I hope that this information helps you understand their unique experience and helps you provide the support at home that your participant needs to enjoy a rich and profound experience abroad.
Please reach out to us with questions or concerns, big or small, regarding your student's studying abroad: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Identity Resources
Student Identity Abroad
Pace Education Abroad recognizes and supports a diverse student population on its study abroad programs. Matters of personal identity can impact all students on a study abroad program. For some, it may be the first time you are a minority in your community. For others, you might notice that you are getting attention based on your identity either positive or negative. It is important to remember that you have control over your response to that attention.
We encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural norms, and local practices before choosing and beginning your program. You will want to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding. Please consult the Education Abroad website as you consider and prepare for your experience abroad.
Remember that everything you pack you will need to carry. If you are unable to carry it on your own, then you are packing too much!
Leave some room for any new items you may purchase while abroad.
Inquire about airline luggage regulations and pack accordingly.
Find out about dress customs in your destination and pack clothes that will help you blend-in with the locals.
Pack a nice outfit for special occasions.
Do not pack anything that you are not willing to lose.
If you are going to a place where the temperature will vary, pack clothes that you can layer.
Pack clothes that don’t require special wash.
You will probably walk more than the usual, bring comfortable shoes! In some destinations closed-toes shoes may be recommended due to possible injuries or infections.
Power adapters and converters as applicable, for more information, check out this website.
If you know your roommate, see if you can share some items.
Backpack or tote bag for day field trips
Find out if you really need to bring a laptop. Keep in mind that a laptop can be stolen, so you may need to carry with you at all times.
Things to pack in your carry-on: Follow airline customs and regulations http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/3-1-1-carry-ons
Visa (if applicable)
Airline tickets (round trip)
Letter of acceptance in your study abroad program
Address where you will need to go as well as arrival instructions
Important phone number(s)
Prescription medications appropriately packed and identified
Toiletries and a change of clothes in case of baggage or flight delays
Keeping in Touch
Keeping in touch with family and friends is becoming easier as WiFi is more prevalent in international cities. You no longer need to spend a ton of money to call home or go to an internet café. Downloading apps on your smartphone is becoming an essential resource for travelers.
Some apps that you will find yourself needing:
Money, money, money… It is an important component to your study abroad program to have all your money matters taken care of before departing. From contacting your banks, to creating a budget and obtaining local currency, this is a step you should begin as early as possible.
It is important to contact your banks to let them know you are traveling internationally and for how long. If you do not let your banks know, not only will you not be able to use your credit cards or debit cards, your accounts will be frozen. Unfreezing accounts take time, time in which you will not have any money available for you to use.
Creating a budget for yourself is essential to not running out of money abroad and having to call friends or family for additional funds. Below is a budget worksheet to help you stay on track with your money.
Taking your credit card abroad is very common and probably the easiest way to make a purchase. Be aware of interest rates and international charges. Some credit cards charge you a lot for a single purchase while others have no international transaction fees. Call your bank to find out what the international transaction fee is on your card. Please note: International cards vary by card, not by company. For example, some Chase cards have zero fees, while another may have a very large fee. Read the guidelines carefully before deciding on a card.
Make sure your credit card has a designated pin number. You will need a pin number to make any purchase. If you do not have a pin, or if you are unsure, a quick call to your bank will clear up any confusion.
Currency exchange rates can be high and the interest rate at many shops, especially near or in airports or train station, can really hurt your budget. You will generally receive the best exchange rate at your bank. You should being $100 to $200 dollars in the local currency with you. Some banks have the most popular currency, like Euros on hand, while others have to be ordered. This process can take up to 2 or 3 weeks so be sure to do this in advance. If and when you need more cash, an ATM is your best option, but again be aware of transaction fees. Not only will the bank whose ATM you are using charge you, your bank will most likely charge you as well.
Below are a list of international credit cards we suggest:
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
Discover it® 12:12
Wells Fargo Propel World American Express
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card
Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business (all Capital One cards have zero international transaction fees - these are our favorite)