International Business Summer Programs

Business & The State In London

Business & The State examines relationships between business and the state, focusing on privatization and public-private partnerships, a major political and economic issue for many countries.

The courses will look at political as well as economic considerations, using cases drawn from a variety of industries including defense/security, financial services, energy, healthcare and telecoms, and examine impacts on firms, consumers, and workers in terms of management, employment, access, reliability, price, quality, and distributional equity.

The week-long London program explores Great Britain’s 50-year experience with analysis and transfer of state assets to private ownership, and extensive use of public-private partnerships. The itinerary includes visits with academics, policy analysts, and business leaders to gain insight into current assessment of privatization as a policy in the UK. We will discuss the lessons learned from the UK Parliamentary System, and explore the implications of the UK experience for policies in other countries. Our itinerary includes trips out of London and cultural activities.

Students and facilitators in the great meeting hall



Program Calendar

  • Friday May 30, June 14, and July 12, 2024 - 6:10 p.m. - 9:05 p.m.
    GW Foggy Bottom campus and online
  • June 22-29, 2024
    Travel to London (one week)

Optional Drop-in Info Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Duquès Hall (2201 G St. NW), Room 258
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., MPA Building (805 21st St. NW), Room 603


Three or six credits (students can take on-campus or study abroad courses separately or together).

  • IBUS 6297/PPPA 6077 (study abroad) - 3 credits
  • IBUS 6202/PPPA 6085 (Companion on-campus course, Business & The State: Privatization, Nationalization, and Public-Private Partnerships) | 3 Credits, Mondays at 6:10pm, summer 10-week term (normal course registration)
GWSB International Business Summer Program students outside of Britain's Parliament


Additional Information

This program is designed for graduate students in business, public policy, public administration, government contracting and international affairs. It fulfills the MS in International Business Capstone 1 requirement.

Check out former students’ perspectives on the program through the following blogs:


View highlights from the GWSB International Business Summer Program 2015 UK study abroad trip.



Learn how Business & The State examines relationships between business and the state, focusing on privatization and public-private partnerships, a major political and economic issue for many countries.


Prof. Robert Weiner
[email protected]
Funger Hall, Ste. 401
2201 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052