The College of Business & Management (COBM) in collaboration with the Office of International Programs (OIP) are pleased to announce the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences European Business & Culture Summer School Essay Competition. The Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences European Business & Culture Summer School is scheduled for mid-May - late June 2024, in Bielefeld, Germany. Three winners will receive funding for program costs and roundtrip airfare to Germany (approximately a $3,500 value). Please contact Steve Ives at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific program information or questions
The COBM and OIP Award will bestowed to students who have attained a minimum 3.00 GPA and are pursuing a program of study in the COBM (Business Management, Hospitality, Recreation, & Tourism Management, or Sport Management).
The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future business leaders to identify/describe important issues and developments in today’s global community. Also, to help them broaden their horizons and develop global citizenship.
We believe that international travel is an opportunity to learn, grow, and experience a new culture. We also know it can be expensive. That’s why we created this study abroad award. We want to remove some barriers and help make studying abroad a possibility for more students.
Being able to communicate well in writing is important in any career in today’s global economy. The essay competition reinforces the COBM’s emphasis on encouraging research and communications skills of students in a business-related field.
Write a concise statement of your proposed program of study and how it will be related to your present academic program. Also describe the personal benefit you expect to receive from the program.
Please address the following points
- Please tell us why you are planning to study abroad?
- How do college students benefit from a study abroad experience?
- What would you like to accomplish (personally and academically) during and after your study abroad experience?
- In your opinion, how will the growing number of college students participating in study abroad experiences impact the future of the U.S?
- Identify/describe important issues and developments in today’s global community.
Submission Process and Deadlines
Please email completed submissions to Steve Ives at email@example.com with the subject line “COBM-OIP Essay Contest.” Please submit your essay through the application section above by December 8, 2023.
The competition is open to current students who have attained a minimum 3.00 GPA and are pursuing a program of study in the COBM (Business Management, Hospitality, Recreation, & Tourism Management, or Sport Management). Only one entry per person is permitted.
- Essay Formatting Requirements
The essay must be an original work on the topic, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins. References must be properly identified using the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Your essay should be at least 1,500 words but should not exceed 2,000 words (word count does not apply to the reference list).
Do not include an abstract.
Please include your name on the cover page of the essay that may identify you and your major.
- Essay Scoring
Essays will be reviewed by at least three members of the competition review panel, comprised of faculty of the College of Business & Management.
The competition review panel will choose four winners based on his or her writing ability (25%), creativity/originality (25%), emotional impact (25%), and overall excellence (25%).