Discover America


Strategies for Success

20 July to 1 August, 2020
This two-week course includes lectures and interactive sessions with CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Chicago–Milwaukee Economic Corridor, a region that hosts some of the greatest global companies, such as Harley Davidson, Fedex Ground, Jockey International, Inc., Miller Brewing Company, and SC Johnson & Son, Inc., and many start-up companies. You will also visit Frank Lloyd Wright architecture sites in Wisconsin and explore locations in Chicago.

Ready now? Discover America Application

Also available: Personality and Leadership Development


Perfect for young entrepreneurs, managers, executives, and aspiring students interested in international business

Earn a two-week certificate from the AACSB accredited business program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside near Chicago, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States

Network with and learn from lectures by top American CEOs, business leaders, and entrepreneurs

Participate in workshops on leadership and personality development

Visit American corporations, including:

  • Harley Davidson
  • CNH Fiat
  • Amazon
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • FedEx


MARCH 2020

Applications are due 15 April, 2020. View application

Submit visa paperwork by 30 April, 2020. This will help to ensure that your visa appointments are scheduled in time. 

APRIL 2020

Have your visa appointment by 30 May, 2020. Wait times may exceed one month. Plan in advance to get your visa appointments.

Visa confirmation due date is 15 June, 2020. 


Arrive at the University on 20 July, 2020. You are responsible for travel to the US. 

Program dates are 20 July-1 August. View itinerary

Depart 1 August or 2 August, 2020. You are responsible for travel from the US. 



$2,500 USD + airfare from country of travel

Accommodations at the University, all food, all transportation (from arrival at Kenosha to departure from Kenosha), all business visits, and a weekend visit to Chicago. Time on your own includes occasions in Chicago and Milwaukee with various options and restaurants.

UW-Parkside is situated between two major American cities on a beautiful, wooded 700-acre campus. Participants will stay in double bedroom apartments with wifi, cable TV, individual suite-controlled thermostats, study area, kitchenette, and a shared lounge per wing.

Participants will also be provided complimentary access to the state-of-the-art gym with indoor and outdoor running facilities and weight rooms.


Subject to change

20 July | Monday

Arrival at O’Hare International Airport

Pickup and Drop to UW-Parkside

21 July | Tuesday

Welcome and Comments by Dr. Kuruvilla

Introduction activities

"Leadership in America" remarks by UW-Parkside Chancellor Deborah Ford


Tour of UW-Parkside

Sailboat tour on Lake Michigan; Kenosha, WI


22 Jul | Wednesday

Lecture on Small Business in America by James McPhaul, Director of Small Business Development Center


Visit Kenosha Mayor’s Office to learn about local government

"Capitalism and the American Economy" lecture


23 Jul | Thursday

Corporate visit of Badger Meter

  • Tour of company and meet leadership
  • "Implementing Lean Manufacturing Systems and Automation into Your Operations" address by Dominic Cariello, Director of Manufacturing for the Badger Flow Instrumentation Group


"An Entrepreneurial Mindset - Features and Tetets" lecture by David Heckbart, Milwaukee 

Dinner in Milwaukee (on your own)

24 Jul | Friday

"Branding Yourself - Creating and Sustaining an Online Presence" workshop

Corporate visit to Case New Holland (CNH) Facility

  • "Manufacturing in the USA – Current Realities" lecture by executive
  • Tour of plant and meet with plant managers


Visit to Lake Geneva, a resort town in Wisconsin

Local band concert "Gravity of Youth" classic rock greatest hits

25 Jul | Saturday

Visit to City of Skokie, IL

Check-in at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Hotel Chicago located on the Magnificent Mile

Chicago Federal Bureau interaction and address by Economic Outreach Specialist on "State of the US Economy"

Chicago Architectural Boat Tour. See the skyscrapers of Chicago by boat.

Visit Signature Room on 96th floor of John Hancock Towers for wine and appetizers

26 Jul | Sunday

Chicago Experience Day - freely explore Chicago on your own or with a group

Optional Events

  • Chicago Margarita Festival, Navy Pier
  • Millennium park
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue 
  • Relax at the beach

27 July | Monday

Morning Sleep-In

Stop at Prime Outlet Mall or Mayfair Mall for brand name shopping or seeing a movie 

Multi-task Activity: Working Together


28 July | Tuesday

"Intercultural Communication in America – Verbal and Non-Verbal" lecture by Dr. Abey Kuruvilla

"Business Law in the USA – Labor and Liability" lecture by Paul Gagliardi


Customized aspects of the course for individual participants

Workshops: Team of 4 to Build the Empire from logo to business plan; team work to leadership; and technology to budgeting

Connection with professional in your field


29 July | Wednesday

“Human Resources and Hiring in America" lecture by Cory Mason


Corporate visit to Fedex Ground Facility in Grayslake, IL

  • Tour of plant and meeting with plant managers.
  • “Supply Chain Management and Logistics in America - The Fedex Story" lecture by John Mahar, Global Accounts Manager, Fedex

30 July | Thursday

Visit to Harley Davidson Museum

  • Privately guided tour of museum “Journey through the History of Harley-Davidson”

Corporate visit to Miller Brewing Company

  • Tour and exploration of large-scale brewing
  • Stop at Bavarian-style Miller Inn or outdoor Beer Garden

31 July | Friday

Corporate visit to Amazon


Visit Kenosha beach and lighthouse for optional swimming or visiting downtown

Dinner at the home of Dr. Abey Kuruvilla

1 August | Saturday

Final day activities

Depart in the afternoon or depart on 2 August

Are you ready to discover America through business, industry, and entrepreneurship?


Dr. Abey Kuruvilla

Executive Director, International Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
+1-502-386-1692  |


Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been enriching minds and changing lives of those who attend. Small classes and one-on-one faculty attention have been our hallmark, and continue to be part of an experience that brightens futures. Our student-centric approach means students are never taught by assistants, don't get lost in a crowd, and do get to work side-by-side with faculty dedicated to their success.

We also support students by designing custom-tailored degree programs that meet the needs of today’s demanding job market, as well as students' unique curiosities. Combining academic disciplines can energize new pursuits and discoveries, so we encourage students to create the interdisciplinary course program that suits their interests.

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