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Darla Moore School of Business

Faculty Development in International Business

The University of South Carolina CIBER offers and supports annual Faculty Development in International Business programs — both international and domestic — covering a wide variety of international business topics, site visits, workshops, academic lectures and seminars, and business networking in locations throughout the world. Faculty, instructors, business professionals, graduate students and administrators are invited to participate.

Tentative Schedule

Program 1: Rwanda and South Africa
May 14-29, 2023

Program 2: South Africa and Eswatini
June 4-20, 2023

The Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) overseas study programs provide opportunities for all participants to experience firsthand the unique business challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa as they travel to Southern and Eastern Africa to participate in numerous business and academic site visits, cultural tours and academic and professional seminars.

Sponsored and managed by the University of South Carolina CIBER team (and periodically with The George Washington University CIBER), the FDIB-Africa programs are co-sponsored by several other CIBER universities, as well as regularly by the CIBER Minority Serving Institutions/Community Colleges Consortium (CMCC).  Scheduled visits on the program itineraries routinely include embassies and consulates, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, financial institutions, ICT and tech companies, agri-business, colleges and universities, women's entrepreneurship programs, renewable and sustainable energy, ecotourism sites and other major industries and small businesses in the Southern and Eastern African region.

FDIB-Africa Program fees (round-trip airfare not included) are:

One/Either Program:

  • Faculty/professional participants:    $6,000 (based on “single room” occupancy)
  • Spouse/adult guest of participant:  $5,000 (rooms with primary participant)

Both Programs (back-to-back attendance):

  • Faculty/professional participants:   $11,000 (based on “single room” occupancy)
  • Spouse/adult guest of participant:  $  9,000 (rooms with primary participant)

Program fees include all group lodging (single occupancy where available), program ground transportation, internal group flights (if applicable), many meals (to include all breakfasts and several group lunches and dinners), bottled water on buses/vans, program entrance fees (parks, tours, etc.), group transfer to airport at program end, program materials and deliverables, and several other ad hoc miscellaneous expenses. 

Items not covered with your program fee include any and all early or post-program lodging and transportation, some meals and most beverages, transfer from arriving airport to hotel, FREE TIME transfers or excursions, passports and/or visa expenses, required minimum insurance (emergency evacuation and repatriation), any required medications and/or vaccinations, gratuities and tips (daily and for drivers/guides), and any other miscellaneous expenses (mobile phone and internet usage, package shipping, lodging upgrades, souvenirs or gifts, etc.).

Each program is capped at a maximum of 28 total participants and guests (including program leaders) on a first-come, first-served basis, although priority will be given to those applicants who wish to attend both programs.  A concurrent guest program is scheduled for both FDIBs (if the minimum number of four guests is reached), including many of the same activities as the professional participant program, as well as including other unique guest activities (park visits, local events and other cultural activities).

The official application deadline is December 1, 2022 via the online application only, although the program historically fills well before the published deadline. A waiting list (in case of cancellation by admitted participants) will also be on a first-come, first-served basis and will be active until March 31, 2023.  You can apply now online. The application procedure will provide more details concerning the programs and allow you to view specific payment details, choice of program, etc.  Once accepted into one or both of the programs, you will be contacted separately regarding additional program information, payment procedures and other pertinent details of the FDIB program(s). 

 If you have any questions, please contact Mike Shealy (SC CIBER Director).  Please note that the application is currently active, and all applicants will be notified of participation status no later than mid-December 2022.


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