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Global Product Development

Dates: 30 April–19 May 2024 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 30 November 2023


Tour countries and companies and experience engineering design in a way impossible anywhere else! During the Global Product Development course we will increase our understanding of the important issues involved in globalization and how to acquire skills needed to manage product development in a global environment. This will be accomplished through study and on-site visits of companies in the U.S and Europe. Specific issues to be addressed include how companies manage international product development and the challenges and opportunities associated with global product development. As we travel within 6 countries and visit approximately 20 companies and organizations, we’ll explore developing product needs in unfamiliar cultures, designing for adaptability, managing distributed design teams, and manufacturing at remote and/or distributed sites. We will appreciate first-hand how global companies approach these issues and seek to understand design strategies related to concept selection, product architecture, economic modeling, CAD management, design reviews, prototyping, and manufacturing systems in a global environment. We’ll discuss and share how globalization and other design process affects us individually and collectively as a world and explore the impacts of manufacturing capabilities and decisions in a cross cultural team environment, and learn about the nature of business, engineering, law, and other disciplines in a global economy. The course is open to all majors, but preference will be given to engineering students.

On-campus instruction will take place during the first few days of the term, followed by 14-16 days of international travel.

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Christopher Mattson
360 C EB
(801) 422-6544


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will enroll in the following course while on this program:

ME EN 579—Global Product Development (3 credit hours)

This class counts as a technical elective for undergraduate students. Enrollment is limited to twelve students.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate tuition (increased cost for non–Latter-day Saint students), all travel costs including international airfare and in-country transportation, lodging, breakfast at some hotels, group excursions, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include personal expenses, lunches, or most dinners.

The cost of this program will be reduced by $1,400 (for students in the College of Engineering) as a result of generous support provided by the Weidman Center for Global Leadership.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Per university policy, all students are required to attend the safety lecture and cultural awareness lecture, which will be scheduled for a date near the departure date. These lectures will be part of a required three-day design workshop and seminar held on campus from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. the first few days of the term. Part-time BYU students and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee of approximately $342.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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We will stay in hotels along the way and travel from the hotels to industry sites. Program directors will arrange all hotel accommodations.
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Flights, which are covered by the program cost, will be arranged by the program directors through a BYU Travel agent. Students may not purchase their own flights.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Application Deadline: 30 November 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Directors and professors Christopher A. Mattson and John L. Salmon have taught and conducted research in the areas of engineering design, manufacturing, and global product development.

Christopher A. Mattson
360 C EB
(801) 422-6544

John L. Salmon
360 D EB
(801) 422-7135
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.