• 03/04/2016 to 03/14/2016


  • Ground transportation
  • 8 nights hotel
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Guide
  • Admission fees
  • Country guidebook and pre-travel docs
  • Embedded medical insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support

Info Session

Learn more about this program at our upcoming info session: 5PM, Monday, September 5 WorldStrides Hall Room 100 Pizza served!

Customized Business Content

Meet with the team at Portugal-based companies to see firsthand what its like to do business in Portugal and get an interactive, up-close look at professional life in this dynamic environment. Our visits will be customized for Saginaw Valley State University.

Meet the Faculty

George Puia

Dow Chemical Company Centennial Chair in Global Business
George M. Puia is the Dow Chemical Company Centennial Chair in Global Business at Saginaw Valley State University. He also directs the school’s Global Business Initiative—a program to internationalize students and businesses. Prior to his appointment to the Dow Chair, Puia was a member of the graduate faculty at Indiana State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Kansas with concentrations in international business and research methods. Before working at Indiana State, Dr. Puia served as a professor in the University of Tampa (UT) MBA program and as director of the UT Small Business Institute. Dr. Puia has served in a variety of marketing management and general management roles. For nine years, he was an executive with Barber-Colman Company, a manufacturer serving the worldwide construction industry. As part of his Barber-Colman experience, Professor Puia served two years as President and General Manager of Barber-Colman Saudi Arabia, living in Jeddah for that period. Following his experience with Barber-Colman, Professor Puia served as a senior executive with a communications company in Chicago involved in television production, broadcasting and syndication, and publishing.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

WorldStrides is committed to making international travel accessible for students. To find out how to apply for $500 in need-based assistance or our merit-based $3,000 Higher Education Traveler Scholarship, click here.

For Parents

Thank you for considering this global opportunity for your students, and for trusting me with the important responsibility of educating them. In addition to building their resume and their network, I believe a program like this builds essential perspective that will set them on a path to becoming more global citizens!

I have chosen WorldStrides as an educational travel partner because of their reputation for excellence in logistics, educational content, and most importantly, safety and security. Read more about WorldStrides.


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