Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, the First-Year Global Experience (FGX) program has been cancelled for the spring of 2021. All incoming first-year students will be welcome to participate in FGX as sophomores when it resumes in spring of 2022. As a reminder, students will need to plan on taking the two credit BADM 1260 elective if they join an FGX next year. For other global opportunities that can be pursued as a Leeds student, please check out the main Leeds Global Programs page.

FGX is a two-credit elective (BADM 1260) taught during the spring semester with a week-long global experience during spring break or May term. FGX lets students get a jump start on study abroad, learn how international issues and cultural differences impact the business world, and take the first step in developing a global mindset.

Some FGX programs are limited to specific Leeds populations, while other FGX programs are open to all Leeds first-year students.

Program cost varies by location, but will range from $3,300-$3,900. Upon signing the FGX student agreement, a $500 charge will be placed on the CU student account. The remaining balance is due in the spring along with standard CU tuition. Partial scholarships ($1,000 - $1,500) may be awarded based on financial need. Students may apply for scholarship consideration through the online FGX enrollment form.


City: Buenos Aires
Theme: Realizing the Potential of a Once-Great Economy
Program Affiliation: Leeds Residential Academic Program
Travel Dates: Spring Break
Approximate Cost: $3,525
Faculty Leader: Andrea StracciaAndrea.Straccia@colorado.edu

Program Description:  At the turn of the 19th century, Argentina was one of the most prosperous nations in the world. But a wild and turbulent century has left the Argentine economy desperate for stability and growth. This class will examine the rich culture and history that have brought the country to where it is today, along with the industries and businesses that are pulling Argentina back to prosperity. Students will get to experience the wonders of life in Buenos Aires including the delicious cuisine, the art of the Tango, and many of the city’s most iconic spots.

City: Prague
Theme: From Boulder to Bohemia
Program Affiliation: All First-Year Students & Pre-Business Program
Travel Dates: May
Approximate Cost: $3,575
Faculty Leader: Morgan YoungMorgan.Young@colorado.edu

Program Description:  Prague is the cultural and economic center of the Czech Republic, a country with a complex, storied history. Over the centuries, the Czech Republic has been an Imperial Kingdom, the only democracy in Central Europe between the two World Wars, occupied by Nazi Germany, controlled by the Soviet Union, home to the 1968 Prague Spring revolution against communism, and, finally, in 1989, home of the Velvet Revolution, which peacefully ended communist rule and reestablished democracy and a free market economy. Prague’s increasingly developing economy is the hub of countless international and Czech companies. Many expats have decided to make Prague their home and pursue a professional career while living in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, filled with history and enchanting architecture.

City: Copenhagen
Theme: “Viking Economics”: the Roles of Entrepreneurship & Sustainability in Driving the Economy of the Happiest Country in the World
Program Affiliation: Dean’s Leadership Fellows
Travel Dates: May
Approximate Cost: $3,850
Faculty Leader: Bonnie AuslanderBonnie.Auslander@colorado.edu

Program Description: In Copenhagen, students will learn how companies incorporate sustainability into business and get a deep dive into Danish culture. Students will visit leading international companies and get a taste for what it’s like to work in a country that provides free higher education, free health insurance, and generous unemployment benefits. Copenhagen is also one of the world’s most livable cities: bikes out-number cars 1 to 8 in the streets, giving space for a vibrant urban environment with cafés, tons of interesting shops to explore and a foodie’s paradise.

City: Paris
Theme: The City of Light: Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility
Program Affiliation: Dean’s Leadership Fellows
Travel Dates: March
Approximate Cost: $3,850
Faculty Leader: Heather KennedyHeather.Kennedy@colorado.edu

Program Description: In Paris, students will learn about entrepreneurship in France through the lens of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Students will visit small and medium sized startups, the organizations which support them, and individuals on the front lines of business in France in order to explore key components of how CSR impacts entrepreneurial decisions. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast how France and America approach CSR and Entrepreneurship.

City: Berlin
Theme: Rubble to Rockstar: How Germany Transformed into a World Powerhouse
Program Affiliation: Leeds Residential Academic Program
Travel Dates: May
Approximate Cost: $3,550
Faculty Leader: Kevin SchaubKevin.Schaub@colorado.edu

Program Description: Learn how Germany has emerged from the epicenter of two world wars and the Cold War, to become Europe’s leading economy, as well as one of the world’s largest. Based in Berlin, we’ll visit its cultural sites, including the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. We’ll tour high-tech manufacturing facilities and learn how Germany has taken on a leadership role in sustainability and renewable energy. In addition to learning about business in Germany, we’ll also explore how culture and history are deeply interwoven into the German economy and society.

FGX Ireland

City: Dublin
Theme: Exploring Innovation, Global Business and Culture in the Emerald Isle
Program Affiliation: All First-Year Students & Pre-Business Program
Travel Dates: Spring Break
Approximate Cost: $3,950
Faculty Leader: Cynthia BanksCynthia.Banks@colorado.edu

Program Description: A hotbed of entrepreneurship and international business, Ireland is a great place to live and work. With its young, vibrant workforce, an attractive cost base and an amazing track record in the global scene, Ireland remains a desired business gateway Europe, Middle East and the Americas. In this course we will learn about new and established global businesses located in Dublin and how the UK departure from the EU may affect the future of this vibrant economy.

City: Lisbon
Theme: Resiliency Over the Centuries: Rebuilding and Renewing in Portugal
Program Affiliation: Leeds Residential Academic Program
Travel Dates: May
Approximate Cost: $3,850
Faculty Leader: Jaclyn AbeloeJaclyn.Abeloe@colorado.edu

Program Highlights: Visit with companies from established and burgeoning industries in Portugal to learn more about how businesses responded to the country’s economic crisis, and helped contribute to Portugal’s trajectory of economic recovery.  Explore Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world, and the cultural, political, and economic capital of Portugal.  In addition to learning more about the business sector, this course also focuses on how culture, history, and politics are deeply interwoven into the Portuguese economy and society. This experience includes a day trip to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home of Romantic-era estates, mediaeval castles, and the famous Pena Palace.

City: Cape Town
Theme: Social Impact, Consulting, and a Look at Globalization From the Other Side of the World
Program Affiliation: Leeds Scholars Program
Travel Dates: May
Approximate Cost: Please contact Darrell Zechman
Faculty Leader: Sarah CowanSarah.Cowan@colorado.edu

Program Description: Two decades after the end of apartheid, South Africa has undergone a monumental transition economically, socially and politically, emerging as a global business hub and powerhouse on the continent. With 11 national languages officially recognized and one of the most diverse populations in the world, this is a fascinating place to study international business. We’ll partner with entrepreneurs, NGOs, and multinational corporations alike to dive into the challenges and opportunities of doing business globally in the Rainbow Nation.

City: Barcelona
Theme: Spain’s Re-emergence as a Leader in Global Trade After the Crisis
Program Affiliation: Diverse Scholars Program
Travel Dates: May
Approximate Cost: $3,300

Faculty Leader: Mary Beth Lewis, MaryBeth.Lewis@colorado.edu

Program Description: Spain’s long economic nightmare is over; it has re-emerged as a global trading power with Barcelona at its center. Two-thousand year-old Barcelona, the city of Gaudi’s Modernista architectural genius, birthplace of Joan Miró and Salvador Dali and adopted home of Picasso, is also a global trading port and a hip center of high-tech entrepreneurial startups. During our course we will study an abbreviated history of Spain, its economic position in the EU, and its current strength in four industries: agriculture (wine and olive oil – we will visit a winery), auto assembly (we will tour an auto plant), fashion (Spain is home to some of the world’s largest fashion retailers) and renewable energy (Spain holds a leading position in wind power).

Cities: Zurich & Geneva
Theme: Exploring the Swiss Banking, Chocolate, Tech and Tourism Industries
Program Affiliation: All First-Year Students & Pre-Business Program
Travel Dates: Spring Break
Approximate Cost: $3,850
Faculty Leader: Vanessa Napier, Vanessa.Napier@colorado.edu

Program Description: Founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago, Switzerland’s largest city is a global financial center. Quiet, quaint but intriguingly modern and increasingly hip, it’s also been chosen as one of the top ten “most livable” cities in the world. During this program we will explore the finance and banking sectors, compare Switzerland and Colorado’s tourism, ski and tech industries, and visit the world’s largest chocolate manufacturer.

City: Dubai
Theme: Business Growth in the UAE
Program Affiliation: Leeds Honors Program
Travel Dates: Spring Break
Approximate Cost: Please contact Darrell Zechman
Faculty Leader: Kevin McMahonKevin.McMahon@colorado.edu

Program Description: 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!