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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; Cologne, Germany; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Information:


Boat in a canalNOTE: This program will not run in Summer 2018.
  • Study leadership and management in an important region for international business and international affairs
  • Learn the management practices required to be successful in the modern working environment at home or abroad

  • Learn management and consulting skills that you can apply to any professional field

  • Live for three weeks in one of the happiest countries in the world

  • Gain valuable experience understanding other cultures and business practices
  • Embark on excursions to Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg
  • See highlights from the 2015 program here!
  • Missed the interest meeting? View the presentation here!


This global seminar is unique as students travel to 4 different countries (the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg). The Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, NATO, OECD and WTO. In 2011, the Netherlands had the tenth-highest per capita income in the world. The country hosts several international organizations of Europe and of the world, such as the International Court of Justice. Within the Netherlands, Maastricht is located in one of the most important international business regions of Europe and is also the city where the Treaty on European Union (TEU) was formally signed in 1992 by the members of the European Community. The city continued to host several other international meetings which eventually led to the creation of the European Union and of the single European currency, the euro. Maastricht is close to Amsterdam and The Hague, and is also only a few hours away from Germany, France, UK, Scandinavia, Luxembourg, and Belgium (headquarters of the European Parliament).


Students will live in dorms in single or double rooms. Many meals are not provided, but there is a possibility to arrange a meal plan for certain days at the dorms if desired.


You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to the Netherlands and back. Transportation on all program-related activities is provided as part of the program fee.


Group photo in a plaza
  • Course: INBU 3333
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: This course fulfills the Global Experience requirement for the Global Business Certificate. This seminar fulfills one course towards the Engineering Management Certificate. This course counts towards business electives.
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See Course Description

Managing increasing diversity in international business, or in any other working environment, is one of the challenges that globalization has introduced and that professionals of the third millennium need to face. The number of interactions that people of different cultural backgrounds have with one another has exponentially increased in the work place. The international working scenario in Maastricht and the surrounding area in northern Europe is a natural lab where you can observe, recognize, and analyze most of the concepts and variables at play to manage successfully across cultures. The foundation of the European Union and its currency, the euro, has made every area of international business and international affairs more complex in and outside Europe. This course explains the “whats” and the “whys” of cultural differences in international management as it covers leadership, motivation, communication, planning, decision making process, change, structure, organizational culture, strategy, negotiation, team work, and international assignments in a multicultural environment and in a multidisciplinary context from the perspective of practicing managers. This global seminar will give students the opportunity to understand all these topics through visits to companies, organizations, and institutions in this region of Europe. Students will meet with international professionals from European companies and from other organizations and institutions operating in Europe whose international operations and tasks are affected by increasing diversity and change. During this direct experience, students will seek to understand how managers from different industries hire and manage a diverse global workforce to lead across different cultures within multinational companies and international organizations in the current global market. Skills developed within this program are not limited to European cultures and they can be applied in other cultural contexts as well.

Since cross-cultural management can be applied to any professional context, whether a future profession at home or abroad, this global seminar is open to non-business students as well. Students from business, international affairs, European studies, anthropology, environmental studies, and engineering will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and experience in targeted ways. Students from other departments are welcome to apply as long as they are willing to learn management practices that can be used in the professional environment. Intercultural competence is a skill that employers are looking for and that everybody is trying to develop and list on their resume. This program will allow you to build this competency and be a better professional in any field.

In addition, students will be exposed to key cultural features of Northern Europe (the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg.). These activities will be supplemented by formal lectures before and after meeting with international professionals.


Antonio Papuzza directs the program. He is from southern Europe and has lived in northern Europe before moving to the USA. He is currently an Instructor in the Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder where he teaches courses in International Business & Management (international organizational behavior). Antonio also works as a business consultant, using a business-anthropological approach in international business (cross cultural management, cross-cultural training, cross-cultural coaching/negotiations, intercultural business communication, and cultural mediation) for multinational companies, world organizations, and international institutions. He has thirteen years of experience in business as an entrepreneur, manager, consultant, and instructor in a few different countries between Europe and the USA. He will choose program participants, lead a pre-departure orientation, and teach the course.

See Professor Papuzza's Faculty Spotlight.


There will be a few days dedicated solely to visiting important Dutch cultural sites: cheese (Gouda or Alkmaar), wooden shoes (close to Amsterdam) and windmills (close to Amsterdam or Kinderdijk). Students are given two free days to explore the city of Maastricht by themselves.




Students learning in chemical room

Program Reviews:
Hazel Grace Hill, Summer 2017 Participant

Brian Jones, Summer 2017 Participant
I really liked visiting the American Memorial in Belgium. Makes you appreciate that the US has friends all over and notice the global ramifications that of those who served in WWII and sacrificed their lives for us to have a more free and better future. Also really enjoyed the Museum in Amsterdam.

Summer 2017 Participant
We stayed in the Maastricht University Guesthouse during our stay in Maastricht. The guesthouse was just okay. The floors were dirty, they didn't seem as if they were cleaned before we moved in. The dishes in our cupboard were dirty, and there were no paper towels in the women's restroom the entire time we were there. In addition, it was very hot and my window only opened about 6 inches. There were no fans or A/C, so being unable to open a window to get air flow made it very uncomfortable. The laundry was questionable as well. Many of the washing machines smelled awful and/or were filled with hair and other debris from previous washes. They also did not provide you with trash bags for your trash cans which proved to be very annoying and made the hall very smelly at times. The Guesthouse was a 25 minute walk from class. This seemed a bit far when our classes started early in the morning. There was not much easy-to-use or reliable public transportation to get us to the locations we needed to go.

Brian Jones, Summer 2017 Participant
Housing was great, hotels were great. The bus that took us around was comfortable and spacious too. No real complaints there.

Summer 2016 Participant
Dorms and hotels. They were very acceptable and we all enjoyed it very much. Local transportation in the host country (Maastricht, Netherlands) was walking which was perfectly suitable. Having a private bus was also extremely beneficial.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01-MAR-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.