First-Year Global Experience

In today’s world of increased mobility, globally aware students have more choices for employment upon graduation and are immediately ready to contribute in global environments. They are aware of global issues and cultural differences, and their global mindset allows them to recognize good ideas from wherever they might come and new market/product opportunities wherever they might exist. The First-Year Global Experience (FGX) is the first step in our curriculum toward building global competency.

The academic program abroad is generally 7 - 10 days in duration, depending on location. Programs will travel abroad either during Spring Break (aprox. March 24 - April 2) or directly after the end of the Spring 2017 semester (aprox. May 12 - 23). Students living in CU dorms should be aware that if they participate in a program leaving after May 12, they will be responsible for accommodations until their program departs from Denver International Airport.

The cost of this academic program generally varies between $3,200 and $3,600 depending on the destination, except for a few programs that exceed the range where noted below by ***. Leeds has partial scholarships available and students can use Federal and State financial aid to pay for the cost of the program.

FGX is only for First-Year business majors and pre-business students at Leeds. Leeds sophomores, juniors and seniors can participate in several other unique business Global Experience programs.


Timeline for the First-Year Global Experience 2017 Application Process:

  • Application window opens - September 6th
  • Application deadline - September 30th
  • Notification of Program Assignment - October 5th
  • Notification of Scholarship Decisions -  October 10th
  • Letter of Commitment Deadline - October 14th

FGX 2017 Info Sessions - Dates & Times

Leeds RAP Students Only

  • Wednesday, August 31st @ 5 pm in CHEY 240
  • Tuesday, September 6th @ 5 pm in CHEY 240

Leeds Business Majors & Pre-Business Students Only

  • Monday, September 12th @ 5 pm in KOBL S135 
  • Tuesday, September 13th @ 6 pm in KOBL S135
  • Monday, September 19th @ 5 pm in KOBL S135
  • Tuesday, September 20th @ 6 pm in KOBL S135

For more information on FGX - the class (BADM 1260), applying, commiting, registering, scholarships, finances, expectations, and more, visit the FGX FAQ page. For general information on program locations, as well as videos, pictures and blog posts from past FGX programs, click on a location below. Student experiences as seen in past videos, pictures and blogs are subject to change from year to year. Class times for BADM 1260 as seen below are subject to change before the start of the spring semester.


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Location: Buenos Aires
Open only for: Leeds Scholars Program
Cost: $3650
Reciprocity Fee Required: Approximately ~$160 (Temporarily Suspended as of 3.28.16)
Program Dates: May 12 - 21
Theme: Business in a Converging World
BADM 1260: Section 810
Class Time: Mondays 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Faculty Director: Andres Snaider
Email: Andres.Snaider@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Opportunity funding is available for up to the full cost of the program. Take an inside look at global, regional and local businesses. Dive into Argentine culture during tango lessons and a local soccer match. Get involved with a service day at an innovative community center. Don't miss being a part of a Leeds Scholars' tradition!

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX Argentina Experiences

Location: Rio de Janeiro & Salvador da Bahia
First Priority: Leeds Residential Academic Program
Cost: $3600
Tourist Visa Required: Approximately ~$235+
Program Dates: March 24 - April 2 (Spring Break)
Theme: Contrast in a developing economic superpower
BADM 1260: Section 802
Class Time: Thursdays 10:30 - 11:45 am
Faculty Director: Sean Kenney
Email: Sean.Kenney@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Get an inside look at the Brazilian economy from a variety of sectors. Overlook Rio from the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain. Don't miss the incredible opportunity to stay with a Brazilian family at an overnight homestay!

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX Brazil Experiences

Location: Santiago, Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
Cost: $3400
Program Dates: March 24 - April 2 (Spring Break)
Theme: Entrepreneurship
BADM 1260: Section 815
Class Time: Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Faculty Director: Erick Mueller
Email: Erick.Mueller@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Get hands on consulting experience by working with Chilean entrepreneurs in the colorful port city of Valparaíso. Apply everything you’ve learned to helping a disadvantaged local entrepreneur. Stay with a host family in Viña del Mar for a richer cultural experience (No Spanish Language Required). Ride the famous funicular elevator to the top of Cerro San Cristobal to overlook the sprawling capital city of Santiago. Snack on tasty empanadas as you saunter down Viña's expansive beach boardwalk. Sample local wines as you learn about the manufacturing process of one of Chile's most famous exports!

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX Chile Experiences

Location: Havana, Viñales & Trinidad
First Priority: Leeds Diverse Scholars Program
Cost: $3600
Tourist Visa Required: Approximately ~$100
Program Dates: May 11 - 22
Theme: Cuban Evolution after the Revolution: Free market principles and entrepreneurism begin to take hold
BADM 1260: Section 801
Class Time: Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:15 am
Faculty Director: Mary Beth Lewis
Email: MaryBeth.Lewis@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: A limited number of automatic scholarships are available for Diverse Scholars only @ $1000. Explore the economic sectors of medicine/pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and hospitality/tourism. Stroll through Old Town Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the spectacular architecture while watching vintage autos cruise by. Tour a tobacco farm in Viñales and learn to roll cigars, visit Hemingway’s house, stroll the streets of the colonial jewel of Trinidad, relax on a Caribbean and an Atlantic beach, take Cuban salsa dance lessons, shop in a local produce market.  Hear compelling presentations by experts on Cuban history, architecture, government and economics, as well as Cuban entrepreneurs “cuenta propistas” operating their own casas particulares, paladars, a vintage auto restoration shop. Jump on this incredible opportunity to visit Cuba now and witness the historic changes taking place as Cuba embraces entrepreneurism and opens itself to the world!

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX Cuba Experiences

Location: Paris & Tours
First Priority: Leeds Residential Academic Program
Cost: $3500
Program Dates: March 24 - April 2 (Spring Break)
Theme: Food, Fashion & Tourism
BADM 1260: Section 812
Class Time: Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:45 am
Faculty Director: Andrea Straccia
Email: Andrea.Straccia@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Travel to Paris and Tours, France to examine the economic role that the food, fashion and tourism industries play in France, within the EU, and in the global context. Meet with French fashion designer Eymeric Francois, visit a vineyard and medieval chateau (castle) in one of the most popular tourist destinations outside of Paris, and learn about the business of French cuisine!  Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower, the beaches of Normandy and the picturesque French countryside.  Through this course students will take an important step toward developing a global mindset and cultural competency while exploring the political, economic and cultural relationships between France and the United States. 

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX France Experiences

Read Blog Posts from Previous FGX France Students

Location: Berlin & Dresden
First Priority: Leeds Residential Academic Program
Cost: $3300
Program Dates: May 13 - 21 (Students will be responsible for their own accommodations for the night of May 12, before the program departs)
Theme: Leadership Challenges: Ethics, Efficiency, Expansion & Social Responsibility
BADM 1260: Section 805
Class Time: Thursdays 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Faculty Director: Don Oest
Email: Don.Oest@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Experience the efficiency of German engineering with business visits to BMW and Volkswagen. See Germany’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability through visits to Deutsche Bahn, the Schultheiss-Kindle Berlin Brewery and the Alba recycling plant. Learn valuable ethics lessons through cultural visits to sites explaining the holocaust, the Berlin Wall and Hitler’s unethical power. See how companies can succeed in a global economy by expanding their scope and strategy. Take part in German culture by visiting an urban garden and attending a soccer game or a street art tour. Join us on this fun experience through Leadership Challenges!   

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX Germany Experiences

Read Blog Posts from Previous FGX Germany Students

FGX Germany 2016 - BADM 1260 Library Guide

Location: Milan & Bologna
Cost: $3500
Program Dates: March 24 - April 2 (Spring Break)
Theme: Fashion, Food & Fast Cars
BADM 1260: Section 817
Class Time: Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Faculty Director: Antonio Papuzza
Email: Antonio.Papuzza@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: The very best of Italy packed into one unforgettable spring break! Strut your stuff through the Quadrilatero della Moda Fashion District and onto one of world's most famous fashion houses (past programs have met with Versace, Armani, and Diesel). Refine your business pallet with visits to Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Factory, Aceto Balsamico di Modena & Prosciutto di Modena. Rev up your engine while touring the headquarters of Abarth, Maserati & Ferrari and meet with some of their professionals. Don't miss these incredible business visit opportunities, as well as the chance to tour AC Milan's San Siro Stadium and meet with one of the facility managers. Cap things off by admiring Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and the beautiful Italian countryside.

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX Italy Experiences

Location: Tokyo
Open only for: Leeds Scholars Program
Cost: $3500
Program Dates: May 12 - 21
Theme: Understanding the complexity of international trade and business through a US-Japan perspective
BADM 1260: Section 806
Class Time: Thursdays 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Faculty Director: Kevin McMahon
Email: Kevin.McMahon@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Opportunity funding is available for up to the full cost of the program. See first-hand how culture plays an important role in the way Japanese business works. View the largest city in the world from atop the Tokyo Tower. Escape the big city shuffle with a day excursion to the temples of Kamakura. Be a part of this fantastic experience in the Land of the Rising Sun!

Location: Machu Picchu, Cuzco & Lima
First Priority: Leeds Diverse Scholars Program
Cost: $3800***
Program Dates: March 24 - April 2 (Spring Break)
Theme: Business, Culture & Government: Effecting Social Change
BADM 1260: Section 807
Class Time: Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Faculty Director: Eric Alston
Email: Eric.Alston@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: A limited number of automatic scholarships are available for Diverse Scholars only @ $1000. Begin your exploration deep in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the ancient Inca civilization, at one of the 7 New Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu. Return to Lima through Cuzco, to learn about the importance of the institutional structure that a given society's government can facilitate or prevent and the role of businesses in driving positive (and potentially negative) policy change. Interact with locals at Juventud Kollek, a youth leadership organization working for the good of the community. Participate in a case competition with Peruvian university students at one of the top business schools in the country!

Location: Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Open only for: Leeds Honors Program
Cost: $3600
Program Dates: March 24 - April 2 (Spring Break)
Theme: Business Growth in the UAE 
BADM 1260: Section 814
Class Time: Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Faculty Director: Stephanie Garriga-Snaider
Email: Stephanie.GarrigaSnaider@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Learn why the UAE has become a key international trade hub between the East and West. Visit Dubai’s diverse businesses and rich cultural sites.  Shop in the local souks, ski indoors, or go to the top of the world’s tallest building. Take a day excursion to the capital city of Abu Dhabi and see the gorgeous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque along the way. Don't miss the chance to experience the grandeur of the UAE!

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX United Arab Emirates Experiences

Location: London, Oxford & Dublin
Cost: $3600
Program Dates: May 12 - 23
Theme: Compare and Contrast Business in Colorado with UK & Ireland
BADM 1260: Section 811
Class Time: Thursdays 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Faculty Director: Rick Stewart
Email: Rick.Stewart@Colorado.EDU

Program Highlights: Inside Look at Google Dublin, Howth Fishing Industry and Guinness in Ireland, as well as Credit Agricole, Waitrose Foods, London Stock Exchange, Barry-Callebaut Chocolate, Mini Manufacturing plant, Feldon Forest Farms sustainable agriculture in the United Kingdom. Take in the British Museum and witness the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Don't miss the chance to interact with CEOs and employees in a wide variety of industries in the UK and Ireland!

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX United Kingdom & Ireland Experiences

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay
Cost: $3500
Tourist Visa Required: Approximately ~$100
Program Dates: May 14 - 26 (Students will be responsible for their own accommodations for the nights of May 12 & 13, before the program departs)
Theme: Emerging Economy of Vietnam
BADM 1260: Section 816
Class Time: Fridays 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Faculty Director: Kenneth Schuetz
Email: Ken.Schuetz@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: See first-hand how business is exploding in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Get an inside look at the Hung Phat Tea Company and other local and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Visit the Cu Chi tunnels where thousands of Vietnamese lived underground during the Vietnam War. Spend the night aboard a junk boat in legendary Ha Long Bay. Participate in a service day at an orphanage for disabled children.

Photo Gallery from Previous FGX Vietnam Experiences

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