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Global | Mar 22, 2017 |

Bringing business etiquette overseas

Thinking about taking your business education abroad?

Whether you’re currently participating in a Gabelli School global immersion program or looking forward to the future, it’s smart to be prepared for international interactions. Here are some tips for global business etiquette.

Gabelli School of Business in London – London, United Kingdom

Fordham’s program in London offers Gabelli students the opportunity to experience their coursework from a U.K. perspective while continuing to take the classes they need for their degrees. In addition to courses, students have the chance to visit headquarters of U.K. businesses.

When interacting with industry professionals in the United Kingdom:

  • Handshakes are appropriate with everyone.
  • Use professional title and surname until invited to do otherwise.
  • Small talk is used, but do not discuss anything too personal; instead, try chatting about the weather.
  • Be punctual.

Fordham Exchange, EDHEC Business School – Lille, France or Nice, France

At EDHEC, students study business management at the Lille campus or finance at the Nice campus. Both locations offer the opportunity to learn in a city connected to business while still experiencing rich culture. EDHEC is well known for providing practical industry experiences.

When making business connections in France:

  • Handshakes are appropriate with everyone.
  • Use professional title and surname until invited to do otherwise.
  • Give your business card to the receptionist when arriving to a meeting.
  • Try to speak the language; it is appreciated. Learn a few greetings and phrases.
  • Stick to business when communicating and remain professional.

Etiquette tips sourced from Entrepreneur.

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