2014 LBS Short Study Tour to United States Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: When is the study tour scheduled to take place? A: April 12, 2014 – April 21, 2014
Q: What cities will we be visiting? A: The program is scheduled to take place in Chicago Illinois, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Q: Why Illinois and Wisconsin? A: Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US and holds headquarters to several public and private organizations. Three of the major business schools in the world are located in these cities: Northwestern -Kellogg, University of Chicago- Booth, and University of Wisconsin – Madison – Wisconsin Business School.
Q: What is the nature of the program?s A: The program will consist of networking with business professionals and practitioners from the private and public sectors, visits to businesses and cultural sites, case studies, and lectures facilitated by Professors and Business Practitioners.
Q: How can I register for this program? A: Registration for this program is now open, until September 12th, 2013. Please contact the following individuals: - Thelma Opara, OMP Product Manager - Ify Chukwukelu, EMBA Administrator/Assessor - Uche Ugwu, Alumni Department Please note, for logistical purposes the IBRC Program accepts limited applications on a first come first serve basis, please send all completed forms to Ify Chukwukelu.
Q: Is there a deadline for registration? A: Registration is now open and will be open from August 5, 2013 – September 12, 2013.
Q: Am I allowed to register after the deadline? A: No, applications will not be accepted after September 12, 2013.
Q: Is there a commitment fee for this program? A: Yes, there is a commitment fee of $660. Please see the Call for information on the commitment fee, also all commitment fees and applications should be sent at the same time.
Q: How do I make payments? A: Payments for the program should be made through LBS account: Checks: All check payments and deposits should be made payable to Lagos Business School. Please state your full name as depositor for ease of tracking and send your payment slip information to Mr. Amaefula Charles, 08033259277 or email@example.com LBS Bank Account: Name of Account: Lagos Business School Bank Account: Standard Chartered Bank Plc. Bank Account Number; 00100001100 (USD Dom account)
Q: Who is eligible for this program? A: The program is designed exclusively for LBS, EMBA, OMP, and Alumni.
Q: Are spouses eligible to participate? A: Yes, LBS legal spouses and children are eligible to participate. Participants are strongly advised to come along with their spouses. It’s recommended that spouses obtain letters of employment from their employer. The program is scheduled to take place during the holiday period; children of participants above 8 years old who are in school are strongly encouraged to obtain letters of introduction from their school principals. IBRC will be issuing letters of invitation to cover spouses and children who applied for this program.
Q: How do you obtain an entry visa for the program? A: The IBRC will be responsible for issuing all correspondence for all qualified participants to help them obtain an entry visa into the United States to participate in the program.
Q: Are you required to attend a visa interview for entry into the United States? A: Yes, the IBRC will be applying for a group visa interview for all qualified participants. However, the US Embassy requires that each accepted participant by LBS and IBRC will attend a face-to-face interview with a US consular.
Q: What status of visa will I be issued? A: Under this program, the IBRC will be requesting B1/B2 visa to enable you to participate in the IBRC program. The program is exclusively designed for networking, case studies, lectures, and business visits. We realize we will not be able to accomplish all you want to accomplish during the period and as such the above visa request will be made on your behalf.
Q: What are the chances I’ll be given a visa? A: Under this program, the IBRC will issue you all the required documents to enable you to obtain an entry visa to participate in the program. Based our on past experiences, all accepted qualified applicants who demonstrate knowledge of the program, as well as evidence of social and economic ties to Nigeria have been granted visas to participate in the program.
Q: How do I prepare for the visa interview? A: Both inbound and outbound participants through the IBRC program are required to participate in the IBRC/LBS pre-orientation which covers information about the program, this pre-orientation is mandatory under the University of Wisconsin system. This orientation is to help guide participants and help guard their safety and learn the rules and regulations of the program. All past participants who attended the pre-orientation were successful in being issued entry visas. The 2014 pre-orientation will be held November 27, 2013 at the Lagos Business School, Pan African University. The venue will be announced to all accepted participants. The IBRC will be issuing an informal list of participants to the US Embassy after Friday, November 29, 2013.
Q: Am I allowed to travel around the United States prior and after the program? A: Yes, the IBRC will issue official letters to all participants who indicated interest to visit the United States a week before the program or for those who would like to stay in the United States a week after the program, for entry and exit purposes. All participants are required to return to Nigeria after the conclusion of the program. All the previous participants returned back to Nigeria after the completion of the program. If you plan to stay outside the program dates you will be responsible for all accommodations and expenses.
Q: Can I purchase my flight tickets? A: Yes, if you’re currently holding a valid entry visa to the US and would like to purchase your flight ticket you are eligible to do so. The IBRC must be informed prior to the January 24, 2014 date if you plan on purchasing your own ticket, so we do not purchase a ticket on your behalf. Other requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Q: What airline will we be flying with? A: The official airline for the 2014 program will be KLM Royal Dutch airline. If you plan to fly with another airline you will need to seek IBRC approval.
Q: How will I know if I’m accepted to participate in the program? A: Once your completed application has been submitted to LBS and IBRC, we will review your application, and if accepted an official letter of acceptance will be sent to you along with other important documents.
Q: Is there a matchmaking opportunity for this program? A: Acceptable applicants will be receiving information relating to special interest. On the 2013 program we will be providing an opportunity to enable participant to engage in individual networking.
Q: Is there allotted time for religious purposes? A: Yes, the program is scheduled during the holy week period. There will be time for religious purposes on Good Friday, as well as time for Salat on Friday.
Q: What do the fees cover? A: The 2014 program fees will cover single room accommodations in an All - Suites hotels stayed at during the trip. The suites will include microwaves and refrigerators. The program also covers 2 meals, breakfast and lunch, study materials, guided tour and cultural visits, local transportation and logistics, and flight ticket.
Q: If I’m not accepted will I be refunded? A: Yes, all fees are fully refundable if eligible participants withdraw before scheduled visa interview dates. Application fees and visa fees are not refundable after appearance for visa interview. If you decide not to participate you are eligible to move your application and visa fees to the next program offered by the IBRC or LBS less service charges.
For additional information contact:
Louis I. Nzegwu, Executive Director
International Business Resource Center