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What is Practicum?

Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM)
IN492 International Trade Practicum (3 credits)

Next Practicum: Vietnam, January 3-20, 2013

An international field trip to observe, learn, and understand a country's fashion markets, trade, people, and history. Under the supervision of a FIT professor, students work individually or on small groups on a research project related to their majors or career plans. Each person or team makes a presentation at the end of the field trip summarizing research findings. Participants learn to source international contacts, conduct international field research, develop safe travel skills, and handle travel emergencies, Several pre-trip planning sessions in New York City are required. Applications are due a semester prior to the trip.

When does the Practicum take place?
The ITM Practicum takes place every year at the same time: January 3rd. through the 20th. (same as Winter semester classes). When currency exchange rates become unfavorable to U.S. travelers, the trip's ending date might be shortened to keep the program fee as advertised, in such a case, an announcement will be made by then end of November.

What project can I do in this Practicum?
Students participating in the Practicum select their topics in the fall semester prior to the field trip and they have a choice of doing their projects individually or in teams. Starting early in September they develop a project outline, use library and Internet to obtain secondary data, contact and visit local companies and agencies in New York to conduct preliminary interviews. They also contact companies in the target country to schedule interviews and visits. After arriving to the target country, students learn about its economy, markets, business practices, and people and complete their research projects. Their findings are presented to the group, and graded by the professor, in a formal session the day before coming back to the United States. See previous projects.

What is a Practicum?
An international field trip to observe, learn, and understand a country's fashion markets, trade, people, and history. Under the supervision of a FIT professor, students work individually or on small groups on a research project related to their majors or career plans. Each person or team makes a presentation at the end of the field trip summarizing research findings. Participants learn to source international contacts, conduct international field research, develop safe travel skills, and handle travel emergencies, Several pre-trip planning sessions in New York City are required. Applications are due a semester prior to the trip.

When does the Practicum take place?
The ITM Practicum takes place every year at the same time: January 3rd. through the 20th. (same as Winter semester classes). When currency exchange rates become unfavorable to U.S. travelers, the trip's ending date might be shortened to keep the program fee as advertised, in such a case, an announcement will be made by then end of November.

What project can I do in this Practicum?
Students participating in the Practicum select their topics in the fall semester prior to the field trip and they have a choice of doing their projects individually or in teams. Starting early in September they develop a project outline, use library and Internet to obtain secondary data, contact and visit local companies and agencies in New York to conduct preliminary interviews. They also contact companies in the target country to schedule interviews and visits. After arriving to the target country, students learn about its economy, markets, business practices, and people and complete their research projects. Their findings are presented to the group, and graded by the professor, in a formal session the day before coming back to the United States. See previous projects

Can other majors participate in the ITM Practicum?
Yes, ITM welcomes students from all majors to participate in the Practicum. In the past, we have had students from FMM, Fashion Design, AMC and other majors and they have made this field trip more exciting with their different professional perspectives. They should enquire in advance with their academic advisors in their departments about whether they can use these three credits as an elective course.

How can I secure a seat in the next Practicum?
Register as early as possible and meet all deadlines. Visit Prof. Yanez during his office hours to discuss your proposed research topic. As long as you apply before we reach maximum enrollment, your research topic is approved, and you meet all deadlines, you can count on participating on the next Practicum.

What are the visa requirements?
Each country has its own visa requirements. Participants must have a valid passport that will not expire within a year of the Practicum's date, and obtain a tourist visa at the consulate in New York City. Be aware that some countries take a month or longer in granting visas. FIT's Office of International Programs will issue instructions in October on how to apply for a visa.

Do I need vaccines when I travel abroad?
It is always recommended, before an international trip, to research the health environment of your destination. A good place to start is the website of the Center for Disease Control which maintains heath alerts for all countries. Print the information and bring it to your personal physician at least three months in advance of your trip in case she recommends vaccines or other precautions. Note that a three month lead-time is needed because some vaccines are not stocked by physicians offices or pharmacies and they have be ordered from the manufacturer; also, most vaccines need to be injected at least 2-3 weeks in advance in order to activate their defense in the human body. In general, each person's medical conditions are unique and only your personal physician can best determine how to prepare for a safe trip abroad.

Whom should I see for more information?
If you would like to learn more about joining the next Practicum, see Professor Patrick Yanez during on his office door in room B-429

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