CANCELLED -AUSTRALIA - Global Context for Accounting - International Business in Asia Pacific

Program Dates
Friday, May 8, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

We will travel to Sydney, Australia – a vibrant business hub in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific region – to learn more about international business, globalization, and international trade. We will tour leading businesses and hear from leading business professionals in a variety of business sectors. A cultural excursion to a wildlife park is included and will discuss tourism, Aboriginal culture, and provide close encounters with Australian kangaroos and koalas! Other optional excursions are also being planned (details TBD) for the weekend and evenings.

The basic concepts of international business and the rise of globalization will be introduced. The course will examine the importance of understanding key political-legal, socio-economic, and technological factors and issues affecting international trade. It will also cover the opportunities and the cultural and ethical challenges confronting small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinational enterprises (MNEs) within the region, and creating and sustaining competitive advantage within Asia-Pacific.

Students will be led in consideration of the implications of the global business environment for accounting. In a series of tutorials, the course will discuss topics including, but not limited to, international reporting, tax issues, currency translation, global supply chains, economic nationalism, and cultural influences on management and performance evaluation. During the program, students will have the opportunity to discuss Public Accounting in Australia with representatives from one of the Big 4. For application instructions and additional information on costs, visit the OIED On-line Program Brochure.


  • BUS 4045 – Global Context of Accounting - Pre-requisite: 84 earned hours, a "C" or better in any Writing in the Discipline course, and good academic standing. Recommended: completion of basic Marketing, Economic, Finance, and Accounting courses.
  • MBA 5020 – International Seminar on Australia – 3 credit hours

Credits (3 credit hours)

  • BUS 4045 - This course counts as an ACC elective, an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), HOS elective, COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.
  • MBA 5020 - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration. 


Billable Program Cost: $4,937.00
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $800.00
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: passport, personal expenses, and additional meals.  

Program Leader

Dr. Kim Zahller
Department of Accounting
College of Business

Dr. Zahller has published in Behavioral Research in Accounting, the Journal of Accounting Education, the IMA Educational Case JournalStrategic Finance, and Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research.  She is interested in how and why individuals make decisions based on perceptions and trust, how Corporate Social Responsibility performance and reporting affect corporate reputation and financial performance, and the use of case based and computer-mediated programs to improved learning.  Her hobbies include horseback riding, dogs, reading, music, fiber arts, and gardening.

This will be her first student international group program. However, she has participated as a student (summer in Toledo, Spain at the Fundacion Jose Ortega y Gasset in my Master's program) and has traveled extensively overseas, including business trips and group tours. 

Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students