European Summer Study Programme

A highly successful programme for non-European students looking to work in a European or international business environment.


Programme details

Duration Five weeks
Dates 14th June - 18th July 2015
Cost £4,400 - £1,400 deposit payable when booking a place
Location The first and last week of the programme will be at Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB with a weekend in London. The other weeks will take place in Czech Republic, Spain and France.
Accommodation During your course all accommodation and travel requirements are taken care of by your Programme Manager. For further details please contact them directly.
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More about the programme

This well established and highly successful five-week programme is the perfect introduction for recent non-European graduates needing to know how business works in Europe. The programme has been running for 25 years, and is the longest running programme in the Executive Development Centre at Manchester Business School.

It addresses the issues of the future development of Europe and helps you to understand the European political, economic and social environment. The programme mixes teaching and coursework which is supported by company visits and gives delegates the opportunity to gather first hand information from managers and experts from large international firms.


The whole programme is delivered over five weeks in four countries and covers:

  • The rationale behind the establishment of the EU
  • The decision-making processes of the EU
  • The aims of the single market
  • The implication of the single European market on global trading patterns
  • The major policies of the EU
  • Monetary union and the single currency
  • The consequences of these policies on the corporate structures and strategies
  • Privatisation and deregulation
  • The ECB roles & policies during the crisis: comparisons with other major central banks and perspectives for the future
  • Doing business in Czech Republic and the impact of the economic crisis on its economy
  • Being and entrepreneur in Spain
  • Doing business in France and the French economic environment
  • The EU and globalisation: the challenges of European firms in a globalised market and the challenges of foreign firms in the EU market



  • The course prepares future managers who aspire to develop a career in international business.
  • The nature of the course means that delegates benefit from a multi-cultural learning experience and provides them with the invaluable opportunity to network with fellow delegates.
  • Delegates gain hands-on experience from the business project to take directly to interviews.
  • The project-based approach at Manchester Business School is a rewarding way to learn.
  • Students have the opportunity to gain degree credits added to their final degree mark in their home country.
  • They are seen to gain greatly in maturity.

Who should attend

This programme attracts a mix of nationalities ensuring a multi-cultural learning experience which reflects the contemporary working environment. It is opened to post-graduate students as well as 3rd and 4th year students of business and management studies, Law, Politics and International Relations. There is no entry level requirement of English, but the participants need to be English speakers or have a working knowledge of English.

In the past years, students have come from the USA, Canada, India, Mexico, Brazil, China, Indonesia, the Middle East and other countries. Some previous Universities taking part include:

  • The University of Texas
  • The University of Florida
  • The University of Wisconsin
  • The University of Japan
  • The University of Iowa
  • The University of Illinois
  • The University of South Carolina
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Chicago
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • George Washington University
  • University of British Columbia


This programme is designed to help non-European undergraduates,graduates or junior manager gain an understanding of the European political, economic and social environment. It is essential knowledge for future managers who wish to develop a career in international management.


Over five intensive weeks you will spend time in the UK, the Czech Republic, Spain and France.

In your first week you will come to Manchester Business School and be taught on the European Business Environment. You will benefit from the expertise of a diverse mix of internationally renowned MBS faculty and consultants. They will cover topics such as the establishment and the development of the EU, the political economy of the EU, economic integration, and European business systems.

Over the next three weeks you will take three international study trips to experience European business first-hand and gain a real perspective on the diverse and complex make-up of the European Union.

Throughout the trip to continental Europe you will visit large international firms, receiving presentations from managers and experts. These could include:

  • Skoda, Prague
  • Krusovice Brewery
  • DAMM S.A
  • MRW
  • SBM
  • OECD

In your last week you will put all you have learnt into practice and work on a European Business project. The purpose of the project is to develop your ability to analyse industrial sectors in different European countries, compare and contrast sector structures and organisations in different countries and discuss investment strategies for foreign firms making major investments in Europe.

Entry requirements

There is no entry level requirement of English, but the participants need to be English speakers or have a working knowledge of English.

Please send for application form via To secure a place a non-refundable on-line deposit of £1,400 must be paid by 1st May.

The outstanding balance of £3,000 is to be paid by 15th June 2015.

Total: £4,400

The course fees include:

  • Tuition fees and company visits and guided tours
  • Air and coach transport from one country to another
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in twin rooms

It does not include:

  • Transport to and from your country
  • Meals
  • Living expenses and leisure time

Study details

The course is assessed through:

  • A multiple choice examination
  • The team project report and presentation
  • Programme participation

The students receive a total mark and an adjusted grade which is sent to your University who attribute the equivalent credits corresponding to your degree course.

Programme / course team

Marie-Claude Witcombe

Marie-Claude Witcombe,
International Programmes Manager / Course Director



John Brophy

John Brophy,



Jane Crombleholme

Jane Crombleholme,
Head of Executive Education