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English for Global Business Program - 4 weeks

The English for Global Business Program is designed to help participants improve their knowledge of global business as well as their English proficiency. It is ideal for students who major in business-related fields or who wish to improve their English proficiency within business contexts. The program focuses on global business issues, including skill-building for a transnational workplace and learning how organizations integrate innovation and sustainability into their business practices.

The core classes are Hot Topics in Global Business, Business Communication Skills, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Intercultural Business Research Project. Students also practice English once a week in class with UC Davis conversation leaders.

The Program

  • Offered twice each summer and winter
  • Highly-qualified and experienced teachers
  • Small class size (12-18) for high interaction among instructors and students
  • Optional weekend trips include Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • Daily recreational, cultural and social activities with UC Davis student leaders

Program objectives

Students will:

  • Gain confidence and skills in communicating within business contexts and giving oral presentations
  • Develop collaboration and leadership skills through group projects
  • Learn about best practices in business, and see how U.S. companies innovate in a global economy
  • Talk to industry experts and entrepreneurs from sustainability and high-tech industries
  • Think critically and analytically about business cases and readings
  • Learn more about American culture and customs

University of California, Davis

UC Davis is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, where excellence is emphasized and students learn in a supportive environment. Located between Sacramento (capital of California) and San Francisco/San Jose (home of high-tech innovation), UC Davis is known for its translational research in areas of energy, bio-tech and bio-medical fields. Davis is an ideal place to learn how global businesses work—from startups to large international companies. Located at the crossroads of three (San Francisco, San Jose/Silicon Valley, and Sacramento) of the top four clean-tech metropolitan areas in the United States, Davis is a center for sustainability and entrepreneurship.

The Courses

Business Communication Skills
Class length: 50 minutes (five days per week)

Improve speaking and pronunciation skills through directed practice in various functions of business communications, including:

  • Handling telephone calls
  • Understanding meeting procedures and terminology
  • Presenting and responding to opinions
  • Word choices, attitudes and using diplomatic language

Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Class length: 50 minutes (five days per week)

  • Learn about the initial phase of research and development, followed by beta testing
  • Gain skills to analyze business and market trends, data and reports
  • Evaluate various business situations
  • Discuss recommended courses of action
  • Engage in role-plays to stimulate practical learning
  • Consider flexibility in searching for a career

Intercultural Business Research Project
Class length: 50 minutes (five days per week)

  • Learn to make an effective oral and visual (poster or PowerPoint) presentation
  • Improve communicative and interviewing skills
  • Conduct, collect and organize data
  • Improve your business presentation skills in English
  • Enhance collaborative and leadership skills

Hot Topics in Global Business
Class length: 50 minutes (five days per week)

  • Improve critical thinking and analytical skills by reading articles, listening to lectures and watching audiovisual programs focused on global business themes
  • Enhance your understanding of cross-cultural management
  • Learn current approaches to innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship that are changing the future of our business world

Placement by English Language Ability

Participants will be given an English placement assessment upon arrival and placed in appropriate levels accordingly. Applicants’ English proficiency levels are expected to be low-intermediate and above.

Field Trips

During this program, optional trips are planned to scenic, cultural and historical places like Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The field trips (which vary each quarter) offer a unique opportunity to see California and experience American culture with fellow students and recreational program leaders.

Sample English for Global Business Program Schedule*

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:30–9:20 a.m. Hot Topics in Global Business (daily)
9:30–10:20 a.m. Intercultural Research Project (daily)
10:40–11:30 a.m. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (daily)
11:40 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Business Communication Skills (daily)
12:30–1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK (daily)
1:30–2:20 p.m. Pre class [Tues.]
Presentations/Workshops/Site-Visits [Wed.]
Post class [Thus.]

*The program schedule can vary. This is only an example.

Pre-arranged housing options

For pre-arranged housing, students should contact our International Housing office. Family homestays, shared student apartment living, university dormitories (summer only) and rooms in private houses or apartments are available. Email or phone +1 (530) 757-8988

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4-week English for Global Business Program Dates and Costs*

Session Dates Tuition
Summer Session I (2019) July 5 – Aug. 2, 2019 $2,175
Summer Session II (2019) Aug. 9 – Sept. 6, 2019 $2,175
Winter Session (2020) Feb. 13 – March 13, 2020 $2,175
Summer Session I (2020) July 1 – July 31, 2020 $2,175
Summer Session II (2020) Aug. 6 – Sept. 4, 2020 $2,175

Other program costs*

Application fee (nonrefundable)$200 (one-time fee)
Student Services fee (includes general advising services, immigration advising, housing assistance, access to comput labs and the International Learning Center (ILC), UC Davis library card, UC Davis email account and wireless Internet access, city bus pass, social events and afternoon activities)$120
Medical insurance (if students do not have medical insurance, they are required to purchase it through UC Davis Extension)$45 per week

*All prices are subject to change.