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Organizing a Tour

 

Students may plan study tours in January, March, May or August, during the School’s breaks. Tour itineraries must include an average of two company visits per business day. Travel time and type of visit should be taken into account when planning the itinerary.

 

The Chazen Institute provides logistical advice and support throughout the study tour–planning process, but students themselves organize the trip. Tour organizers are responsible for everything from booking airlines and hotels to planning the corporate visits. Tour organizers are expected to take full ownership of the study tour and to partner with the Chazen Institute to ensure a smooth process and accountability. The Chazen institute will subsidize the travel program fee for two study tour organizers upon successful completion of the study tour. Tour organizers will be responsible for their own airfare.

Students who are interested in organizing a tour should submit an application to the Chazen Institute at least six months before the tour would embark (April for January tours, October for March/May/August tours). The application should include the following:

  • an essay outlining reasons for going and why they are capable of organizing the tour
  • a proposed itinerary
  • a proposed faculty adviser
  • a résumé for each organizer
  • lists of organizers’ contacts in the country
  • a proposed budget
  • sign up for an interview slot for the entire team

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If the application is strong, the Chazen Institute will interview the organizers. If a tour receives approval, Chazen Institute staff members will provide organizational checklists and timelines and stay involved throughout the planning process. If a tour is successfully completed, Chazen partially subsidizes organizer travel costs.

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Winter study tours are announced in May; spring tours are announced in October. Check our study tour page for updates.


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