William R. Holland International Impact Exchange Program

BE different. THINK different. DO different.

BE different.

Develop your professional portfolio and enhance your professional competencies. Our alumni mentorship program taps you into the existing knowledge and experience of high performing alumni who can help advance your personal undergraduate and career goals. Your mentor serves as an advisor, guide, and role model while strengthening your network. Stand up and stand out. Complete a series of professional development experiences that will prepare you for working and leading in increasingly diverse and multicultural business environments and enhance your professional identity.

THINK different.

Build the relevant skill sets to be a creative problem solver and collaborator with new thinking models, digital skills and methodological frameworks. Develop the creative confidence and agency for creative problem-solving and collaboration. Learn to translate theory into practice and practice into action. Form new mindsets, leverage technology, and model approaches that highlight the relationship between disruption and sustainability through practice-based experiences that promote professional development.

DO different.

Learn through action, experience and immersion. The learning focus is on design, circularity, and strategic innovation with regional and international immersive trips to broaden students' natural curiosity and professional exposure. This program spans a spring semester and a summer international experience. The core course content will introduce students to an understanding of the circular economy and how the principles of the concept can be applied to different global industries and the business of building a better world.

do TRAVEL. International Immersive Experience

This immersive international impact exchange program explores Asia and the US in a changing world. A unique international learning journey allows participants to explore business design and comprehensive internationalization strategies by visiting with organizations and individuals shaping the business landscapes across Asia and the world.  

 Tentative Travel Dates & Itinerary

May 15-29, 2023 to Vietnam & Cambodia

The two weeks program (May 15 to May 29), sponsored by the Walker College of Business, includes Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), Da Nang, and Hoi An, Vietnam;  Phnom Penh and  Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The program cost is $2,500 which includes all air travel (domestic and international), all lodging and most meals, ground transportation and entrance fees. Students will receive 3 credit hours for participation (summer tuition is not included). If you are still undecided, take a look at Google images for Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An and Angkor Wat, and you will be amazed! We will be visiting various business, universities and cultural sites throughout Vietnam and Cambodia including Vinacapital and the American Embassy in Ho Chi Minh city. 

If you have any questions,  contact Ms. Wendy Deng (dengwr@appstate.edu) for more details. Scholarships are available. 

Full Covid 19 vaccination is required at least 2 weeks prior to travel.


The 2023 Holland Fellowship online application is now open. The deadline to apply is October 7.

Application Details

To apply you must be a junior or senior business major with a GPA of 3.0 or better and you must be admitted to the College of Business by the end of the fall semester when you apply. Please be aware that, along with your application, you will also be submitting a personal statement and one letter of recommendation. 

  • Tentative Dates and Locations:  May 15-29, 2023, Vietnam & Cambodia
  • Program Cost: $2,500 plus tuition for BUS 4065, Holland Fellows International Business Study in Asia II (3 credit hours) in Summer 2023
  • Students participating in this program are required to enroll in BUS 4060, Holland Fellows International Business Study in Asia I (3 credit hours) in Spring 2023.  Course description available in the Walker College of Business Bulletin in International Business courses.  

If you have questions, email Wendy Deng at dengwr@appstate.edu or call 828-262-4030.

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