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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Pre-Requisites: Yes Academic Courses: MBU
Program Type: Internship Abroad Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009
Program Description:

Global Academic Ventures (Hong Kong)



Global Academic Ventures (GAV) offers a customized internship and study semester program to our undergraduate music business students, Entertainment Industry students, and business majors by combining targeted core classes taught in Sydney by hand picked faculty, with an 8 week internship based in Sydney or Hong Kong. Belmont University aims to give students a competitive advantage towards their careers upon graduation. This is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience in an international, intercultural setting.

All students start the first half of the semester off in Sydney, Australia, where students are able to take 3-4 courses during the first half of the semester.  After the 8-week academic session, there will be an excursion to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef.  Students conclude the second four week block of classes, then prepare for their internships. After classes, students transition into full-time internships and will either stay in Sydney or relocate to Hong Kong for the internship portion of the program. Students must pick which location they would like to intern in as part of the application process.

Australia consistently ranks in the world’s top ten countries for quality of life; environmental quality; jobs and earnings; and education and skills. Sydney is also ranked as the thirteenth most popular city for students, and first in Australia for the quality of living. Forbes ranks Hong Kong as the 6th most influential city in the world after London and New York, and Sydney as the 8th. Hong Kong is a thriving multicultural city known for its iconic skyline, but 70% of the islands are actually surrounded by nature. 

Pre-Requisites for Program/Eligibility

Students are recommended to be Juniors at the start of this program or Sophomores who have had prior internship experience. Program is targeted towards Music Business, EIS, and Business majors, but is open to other majors as well.

This program offers MBU 3000 credit, which has the following pre-requisites: 
  • MBU 2000 (Internship and Career Foundations)
  • MBU 3450 (Music Publishing)
  • Junior standing


SPRING SEMESTER ONLY :  Early January – Early May
* This program is based on a minimum number of students to participate and will be evaluated in the fall to determine if it's able to run for the Spring. 

Music and entertainment industry courses and business courses.  Students may take up to 4 classes during the first half of the semester (1-2 classes per 4 week block) and then intern full-time the second half of the semester for roughly 40 hours a week. 


Courses are subject to change from semester to semester, but the following courses are typically offered:

Block 1:
  • MKT 3210: Essentials of Marketing (3 credits)
  • MGT 4280: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • INB 3300: Global Management (3 credits)
  • FIN 3210: Essentials of Finance (3 credits)
  • MIS 3100: Essentials of Information Systems (3 credits)
  • MBU/EIS Elective: Entertainment Industry in the Asia-Pacific (3 credits)

Block 2:
  • MGT 4180: Essentials of Operations Management (3 credits)
  • MKT 4310: Global Marketing (3 credits)
  • INB elective: International Business Finance (3 credits)
  • MBU/EIS elective: Music Business in Australia (3 credits)

MBU Internship 3000 (3 credits)
  • CURB students will coordinate with Julie Jackson, Internship Coordinator for CURB College (Please note that this course has the following pre-requisities: MBU 2000 and MBU 3450, junior standing).
  • Business students will coordinate with Chris Agans, Internship Coordinator for Massey College of Business.


Students will live in centrally located shared housing with other students on the GAV program. Students will have access to a kitchen in Sydney.  Hong Kong students will have a mini fridge and kettle in their room.  Students will have catch up dinners with GAV staff throughout the semester that are covered by GAV every few weeks. 
Photo of Australia

1. Administrative Fee: $150 
Program Deposit: $1,000 (
this will not be owed up front as it is included in the Program Fee, but if students withdraw from the program after October 25th, they will be responsible for this amount).
2. Belmont Tuition:

Student will first pay Belmont tuition and then be charged a Program Fee for the difference in total provider program cost and what has already been paid for Belmont tuition. If the provider program costs less than Belmont tuition, the student will only be billed Belmont tuition.

Published Program Price: This price is subject to change, but the total fee is currently $20,655.
This includes:
  • ​Belmont tuition
  • Housing
  • Orientation and welcome meals
  • Cultural Day in Australia
  • Sydney Walking Tour
  • Activities for Spring Beak in Cairns (Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Fitzroy Island, and Hartley's Crocodile Park)

3. Airfare  
Students are responsible for booking their own international travel.It is recommended that students wait to be accepted fully into their program before booking their airfare. All students will fly into Cairns for the orientation trip, then to Sydney for the start of the program. Students who intern in Hong Kong will have to book an additional flight from Sydney to Hong Kong for the start of the internship.

4. Other 
Students will be required to apply for a visa for Australia as well as Hong Kong. GAV will guide students on this process. The visas will have supplemental fees that are subject to change.
Photo of ChinaSTUDENT LIFE

Upon arrival in Sydney, orientation will take place in the early evening covering important topics, an overview of life in Sydney, and a group welcome dinner.  The first weekend will include a full day trip of cultural activities and a walking tour.   There will be a number of optional activities students can sign up for throughout the semester for a supplemental fee, or they can explore Sydney on their own. They also will have several catch up dinners with GAV staff. 

The second half of the semester, students will be interning full-time for roughly 40 hours/week and will be working Monday- Friday. 

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
  • Spring Semester Programs: October 9
  • Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: March 1 
How to Apply

1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in.
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.

This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1) Belmont’s Study Abroad Office application, which requires:
  • Passport photocopy
  • Online questionnaires
  • Signature documents 
Step 2) The Provider application, to be completed after being accepted to Belmont:
  • Instructions for completing the provider application will be provided by GAV once you have been accepted through Belmont. You should contact the provider directly if you have further questions about the application.
  • Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted both the Belmont application and the provider application. 


Rebecca Berkowitz
Office of Study Abroad • JAAC 1009 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/09/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2020 05/02/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.