Advances in European integration and the expansion of the European Union (EU) have created new challenges and opportunities for Americans conducting business in that region.

Texas A&M University’s European Union Center has created a program to provide business executives a concise, intensive introduction to the history, institutions, policies and procedures of the EU. The European Union Certificate for Business Professionals offers special attention to the “euro,” the impact on financial services, marketing and contract negotiation.

The program has both domestic and international components, which must be completed to earn the certificate. Participants first attend five consecutive Saturday symposia taught by experts in EU institutions, politics, policies and business. For the Spring 2004 program, the symposia begin on April 17 and will be held at Texas A&M’s Center at the Woodlands.

The second phase of the program consists of an intensive five-day immersion in Brussels, Belgium and Paris, where participants will visit businesses and key EU institutions. The cost of the program is $4,700 and includes six nights of four-star accommodation in Brussels and some meals. Airfare is not included.

For more information on The European Union Certificate for Business Professionals, visit the Office of Continuing Education.