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Doing Business in Europe – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

Program Summary:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION are a major focus of the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of this work we are presenting the tenth year of this exciting program opportunity!

The 2020 NSCC Summer Program “Doing Business in Europe” will provide an opportunity for students from the School of Business to travel to Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands, to participate in a three-week summer program in May/June 2019. The program will include a wide range of academic sessions, professional site visits and cross-cultural activities organized by several business schools at Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Students will have the opportunity to choose between two study streams: Marketing/Market Entry or International Communications.

Program Qualifications:

This program is open to first and second year Business Administration (any concentration) and International Business students. Successful completion of the program will provide first year students with two elective credits for the second year of their program.

  • Student must be in good academic standing
  • Student must have a valid passport or able to get one

About Groningen, the Netherlands and Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Groningen (http://www.cityoftalent.nl/en) is the most northern city  in the Netherlands and is known as “little Amsterdam” for its canal lined streets, and historical architecture.  It is a popular and vibrant student town with 50,000 Dutch and international students studying at the Hanze University (http://www.hanze.nl/home/international) and the University of Groningen. Groningen has the most bicycles per capita in the Netherlands and is an important European knowledge centre on business and energy. Groningen is a three hour train ride form Amsterdam’s Schipol airport.

Most people in Groningen speak English and the language for the program will be English. Canadians are well regarded in the Netherlands, especially because the Canadian army liberated Holland from Nazi Germany in 1945 and subsequently invited many Dutch citizens to immigrate to Canada, including many who have settled in Nova Scotia.

NSCC first partnered with Hanze in 2010 on a Canada/EU student mobility project “Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment”. This relationship grew into several opportunities for students and faculty of both institutions including summer programs, semester exchanges and internship placements.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To develop and refine the skills needed to prepare for and participate in an international learning experience including research, organization, risk management, teamwork, interpersonal communication and cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • To learn about the business environmentand practices in Europe and how it compares to the Canadian context.
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and the Netherlands.
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analytical thinking, planning, communication, innovation, entrepreneurship and applied learning.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application (see below)
  • Current Resume (uploaded to application form)

Students should complete their application on or before November 22, 2019.  Following interviews with shortlisted candidates, students will be notified in the second half of November if they are accepted to participate in this program.  After receiving approval students will be given a payment schedule and will be expected to pay a $500 deposit as their first payment in January. At this time a learning contract will also be distributed to be signed by students and faculty outlining roles and responsibilities.

Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2019 Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2019 Student Selection
December 2019 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2020 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2020 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
April 2020 Pre-Departure Conference
May/June 2020 Doing Business Summer Program in the Netherlands
July 2019 Reporting and Debriefing


  • Students accepted into this program must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 17, 2020.
  • Students must follow the NSCC international travel policy

Wait List:

Those who are interviewed but not selected may have the opportunity to be placed on a wait-list until all deposits are received.

Program Cost:

The approximate costs associated with this program are outlined below.  The exact costs will be confirmed by NSCC and Hanze University of Applied Sciences and will depend on the Euro exchange rate.  The following costs will be included in your Program Fee payable to Nova Scotia Community College.

Program Fee

Program Fee (Accommodations, bicycle rentals, site visits and social program) $1,600
TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College) $1,600

Additional Individual Costs (may vary depending on individual):

Airfare (approximate cost) $1,400
Passport and Passport Photo $100
Guard.me Travel Health Insurace (estimated depends on length of stay) $100
Immunizations and Prescriptions $100
Train from Schipol to Gronigen (x2) $100
Meals ($50/day x 20 days) $1000
TOTAL $2,800

Participants are responsible for the costs of their airfare, travel health insurance (mandatory through guard.me), passport & passport photos, immunizations and prescriptions, meals and any additional expenses not outlined in the Program Fee.

Student Bursary

Students will have the opportunity to receive a bursary of up to $500 from NSCC International (made possible through funding from the NSCC Foundation and NSCC International’s externally funded projects) to participate in the program. Details will be sent to those selected to participate in the program.


Students who withdraw from this program after they have confirmed their participation will forfeit their deposit.

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