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C of I France tour focuses on international business

A dozen College of Idaho students will study international business and economics first-hand during January as part of a month-long, faculty-led field course in France.

The students’ experiences will be chronicled throughout January on The College of Idaho’s website and social media, offering an opportunity for people to follow this unique and intensive learning experience. Discover how the France course complements and enriches the C of I experience by visiting for more information, photos and videos.

Nickayla Skinner, a senior business major who is looking toward a career in marketing, said the overseas experience will enhance what she’s learned during her classwork at the College.

“Going overseas to see how they market to other people, because it’s such a different culture, and observing what catches people’s eyes there will be really interesting,” Skinner said.

Marilyn Melchiorre, an assistant professor of business who is co-teaching the course, said the course requires students to apply a variety of fields of study as they visit French businesses and government agencies and do a case study at Disneyland Paris.

“I think this course in particular really exemplifies the liberal arts education because it combines so many areas that students have to pull from,” Melchiorre said. “We look at the history of France, we look at the economy, we look at its business and culture. All those areas pull together and are related to one another.”

Coverage of the course will include blogging by one of the students enrolled in the study tour and photos will shared starting Jan. 14. More details about the course and photo and video highlights of the previous France study tour in 2012 are available online.

“Conducting hands-on research, experiencing different cultures, and learning outside the classroom are central to the student experience at The College of Idaho,” said John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic affairs. “Students learn that place matters – whether it's the Treasure Valley or Paris  – for applying the liberal arts and preparing for careers.”

C of I faculty recently have led study tours to such places as Australia, China, Florida, France, Greece, Italy, London, Mexico and Peru, and students at the College also can study for a semester or longer in more than 50 countries through partner institutions.

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Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit