About the Master Elective
The Business and International Communication (BIC) course is an Elective Course which students from Master level may choose. During two to three weeks students visit a country and learn about ways of doing business and local management practices allowing them to enhance their management skills and knowledge whilst experiencing, first hand, the country’s culture, history and language. During the last three years the study visit took place in countries such as India, Japan and Russia.
This academic year, the planned Study Trips are the following:
- Southeast Asia - January - 12/01 - 03/02/2020
- India - Easter break - 03/04 - 21/04/2020
Please note that the above destinations will take place depending on the number of participants.
Applications for the Academic Year 2019/2020 are closed.
Fill in the application form, submit a motivation letter and send a color passport photograph, with no background to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the application is only considered valid after submitting all documents above.
Applications for the Academic Year 2019/2020 are closed.
The fees vary between 1200€ and 2000€ depending on the destination.
Exact amounts will be announced later.
This amount includes every cost related to the study trip such as flight tickets, accommodation, food, tuition (classes, course materials, company visits, etc), VISA, insurance, etc... Except for personal expenses such as souvenirs.
The amount due in Portugal, prior to the trip, will be made in 3 installments. The first one immediately after being selected, and the third shortly before the trip.
Refunds will not be made in cases of withdrawal, except up top 80% and to the extent that a substitute can be found and flight tickets and other bookings can be changed.
Successful participation allows students to gain approval in one elective of their Master (provided they can choose open electives).
Elective: Business and Intercultural Communication / Negócios e Comunicação Intercultural.
In case of selection, participants will be automatically enrolled on this elective.
To obtain the credits, the students should:
- Take part and pass all scheduled classes and pass the short written tests at the host universities
- Prepare one report with a maximum of 10 pages and one Movie Maker group project with the duration of 5 minutes
- Reply to the final questionnaire
Please note that all topics above are mandatory and that the deadline for handing them over is two weeks after returning to Lisbon.
Q1. How can I apply for the programme?
A1. You have to submit an online application form and send your passport type photograph (blank background) as well as a motivation letter to email@example.com.
Q2. Do I need to present an English language certificate?
A2. No. There is no need to deliver an English language certificate (like TOEFL) but since the classes are all taught in English, it is recommended that students who apply to have a reasonable level of English. One of the objectives for participating in the programme is to improve your English language skills.
Q3. Which are the criteria for selecting students who will participate?
A3. The main criteria to select the students are motivation letter, the entrance grade to the master, and the order of application.
Q4. I was selected to participate and I paid the fee but for personal reasons, I need to cancel my participation. Can I be refunded?
A4. Refunds will not be made in cases of withdrawal, except up top 80% and to the extent that a substitute can be found and flight tickets and other bookings can be changed.
Q5. How much must I pay?
A5. The costs will depend on several factors, such as duration of study trip, price of flight tickets, exchange rates, etc.. In past years, for two-week study trips, costs were around 1300€ (Russia), 1800€ (India) and 2000€ (Japan). In each year costs could be slightly lower or higher, depending on the mentioned factors. More precise estimates will be given at the time of applications.
Q6. What does it cover?
A6. All costs, including flight tickets, lodging, food, and visits, as well as classes. Not covered are personal expenses, such as gifts and similar.
BIC Testimony's 2018
Filipa Maria Cabral Garcia, MSc in Finance, BIC INDIA 2018
“India study trip is a travel that you’ll remember forever, due to the impact that is provided in our costumes and way of seeing life! Go with an open mind and for sure you won’t forget this opportunity that ISCTE is giving us”.
Filipa Isabel do Nascimento Godinho, MSc in Management, BIC INDIA 2018
“This trip is definitely one of the best experiences I have ever had. Going in a small organized group with students of our age is very good for knowing other people and making friends. India itself is a wonderful place to experience lots of different things. Everything is new, different, the colours, the smells, the people, everything. Don’t be afraid to try the food, more or less spicy you’ll get used to it, be curious about the people, their traditions, their way of seeing life and ask the local students whatever you’re curious about their culture because they will love to tell you all about it. After this experience you will come back with a different view of the world and that will completely be a plus for your personal and professional life”.
Katia Geisler, MSc in International Management, BIC RUSSIA 2018
“By taking place in this study trip you will have the opportunity to not only visit the country but to really get in touch with the Russian culture and all its facets. You will experience a Russia that is completely different then you would imagine it. You will see a country full of differences and full of contradiction. You will see a lot of beautiful places and get the chance to see amazing exhibitions and the world famous ballet. And you might reconsider some of your opinions after analysing the lessons in Russia and talking to local people, because you get a different picture then from the western media.”
Konstantin Brehm, MSc in Marketing, BIC RUSSIA 2018
“The BIC course that takes you to Russia is a great opportunity to gain some first-hand impressions on Russia. My experience was that Moscow and Petersburg are two amazing cities! Full of sights, liveliness, kind people and crazy parties! A great way to get a holistic experience.”
BIC Testimony's 2017
In 2017 The Study Trip took place in 3 destinations: India, Japan & Russia. Please find out below the testimony of students who participated in different programmes:
Manuel Azevedo, MSc in International Management, BIC INDIA 2017
A lifetime experience. The reality of India is completely different from Portugal, as are the challenges that the country face. Experiencing that totally changes our perspective of the world as well of ourselves.
Also, interacting with the Indian Students is a unique opportunity and the true added value of this trip. I made friends for life, and in fact, I hope to attend some weddings in India soon.
Stanislava Antova, MSc in Marketing, BIC INDIA 2017
The study trip to India was truly amazing as we had the chance to discover such a diverse and unique country as India! The academic component was very well-prepared and well-combined with visiting the different regions and states, as well as we met some great people and made some new friendships! I am sure that each one of us came back richer and more culturally-aware in so many ways!
Adrian Katzwinkel, MSc in International Management, BIC JAPAN 2017
Dear potential Japan visitors, it is a very good decision to consider taking part in this trip as of several reasons. First of all, the country itself with its diverse facets and very friendly and peaceful people is already worth it. The food which will accompany you throughout the trip is delicious and if you look for proper restaurants, it is not even that expensive. The spending of money really depends on the individual attitude and spending behavior, but compared to Portugal, it is expensive in Japan. The time at APU in Beppu is a very nice experience with several interesting lectures and great professors and interaction with students is easy if you approach them. Everyone there is very helpful and kind. Another bonus was the perfect timing for the trip as we were able to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms all over the country, unique experience, and an additional value for the trip. As you might have guessed, I really enjoyed the trip and can definitely recommend taking part in it. Best regards, Adrian
Silpa Bovane, Msc in Accounting, BIC JAPAN 2017
Choosing to go to Japan was definitely the right decision. Before departing, I had a lot of ideas about what Japan might be like and I was really excited to learn more about the Japanese culture. When I arrived there, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice, helpful and respectful the Japanese people were and how organized everything was. Japan is so much more than I thought it was. This trip will really allow you to discover all the nice things about Japan and also to learn a lot of things about the country. Whether it's during the classes or session or during your free time, which you'll have a lot of to discover everything you can about the rich Japanese culture. I would really like to thank ISCTE Business School and everyone involved in this program for this incredible opportunity.
José António Monteiro Pereira, Msc in Marketing, BIC RUSSIA 2017
I would like to thank Professor António Robalo for making this possible. Through academic experiences like the one we just lived, young people not only become students with a wider knowledge of different theoretical realities but also become better human beings, less selfish and capable of embracing or even generating responsible change that aims to improve the world.
BIC Testimony's 2016
The study trip took place for the 2nd year in India in 2016. This course was offered as an elective with 6 ECTS to all master programs of IBS. Two groups were organized, due to the high demand registered:
- Easter group
- June group
The programme allowed 48 students from ISCTE-IUL to discover India - the students were divided into two groups – one with 23 students (Easter break) and another with 25 students (in June).
You may access the previous students' opinions of the study trip below:
Vítor Henriques Duarte
A trip to India can be considered as a one in a lifetime experience. This country resembles the true magnificence of diversity. Every place has its own history and every corner a brand new landscape ready to be explored. As a marketing student, I was very fascinated with the multiplicity of communications strategies that brands do in this country. Different and intense flavors, a different religion, different habits, and a completely different mindset. By putting it all together, we realize that India appears to be the perfect place for students to develop themselves and find out how much they can learn in a short period of time.
Overall it was one of the best experiences I've had in my life to date, where it was possible for me to know a fascinating culture (from the heritage culture, the behavior of people, among many others) with a group of students that has proved really united and with an excellent organization by the ISCTE. The challenges were constant and we were often faced with situations outside our usual scope and that forced us to face the cultural differences in a positive way. And it’s so good when it happens! I feel that I leave India with a large chunk of that country in my heart for such experience conducted at all levels. It is finally also an even greater incentive to master development by taking the further excitement to know and to involve myself with other cultures either personally or within the business.
This course was one of the best experiences of my academic years. Combining both cultural and management aspects, getting to know India in such a broad way gave me a totally different perception of the world. The opportunity to know different realities in one country, visiting world wonders and getting to know how managers work in a different cultural environment where the key aspects of this program. Not only did I return as a better manager, I returned also with a more humble perception about our surroundings. It's the experience of a lifetime, don't be afraid of trying the food, that's what you will remember, the things you did in India that you couldn't do anywhere else.