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Schmid Center for International Business

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The Schmid Center serves Argyros' Mission generally through enhancing the global perspective in the College, and specifically through the provision of a variety of international experiences for our students and exposure to distinguished speakers on contemporary global issues.

Meet the Director

Dr. Noel Murray, Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business in the George L. Argyros College of Business and Economics, is the Director of the Walter Schmid Center for International Business. Dr. Murray works with students, faculty and the external community to facilitate and promote activities in support of international business, such as international study tours, field study projects, student consulting and faculty research focusing on international business.

Dr. Murray's areas of expertise include international marketing, cross-cultural issues in marketing communications and advertising strategy. His research has been widely published in over 40 peer-reviewed outlets, including leading academic journals such as The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, The Journal of Advertising and The Journal of Business Research. His research has been profiled in national media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Murray serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Modelling in Management and Associate Editor of the Journal of Global Marketing. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) of the Journal of Business Research

International Travel Courses

Experiential learning is at the heart of what we do in with Schmid Center for International Business travel courses. For over two decades, our goal is to connect Argyros College students with global businesses and culture. Experiential learning is key in educating students to assume leadership roles in global business.

Our travel destinations span the world, but focus on global business challenges and opportunities among the world’s most exciting, diverse, and fastest growing emerging economies. Closely aligned with Chapman University’s five year strategic plan “Our Path to Greatness” our travel destinations well represent Southern California’s growing Hispanic population with exciting destinations in Latin America and Spain and Portugal. Orange Country is home to the largest population of overseas Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam. Our frequent, Spring Break Vietnam travel course is among our most subscribed destinations.

 Where We've Been

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Central America
  • South America
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Taiwan
    • Vietnam
    • Germany
    • Ireland
    • Greece
    • Portugal
    • Spain
    • Panama
    • Costa Rica
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Peru


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Costa Rica and Panama - Spring Break 2023

Costa Rica and Panama - Spring Break 2023

For Spring Break 2023, Argyros College students immersed themselves in the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Panama & Costa Rica. After 12 hours of intensive classroom preparation in February 2023, Professor Murray’s Business Across Cultures (BUS 486) class flew from LAX to Panama City, Panama, and then to San José, Costa Rica. The travel experience featured corporate visits with industry leaders and cultural excursions.

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Scandinavia - Summer 2023

Scandinavia - upcoming
Summer 2023

Executive MBA

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Greece - Summer 2022

Greece - Summer 2022

After a challenging period for international travel programs, the Chapman EMBA Class of 2023 was fortunate to travel in the summer of 2022 and examine the challenges and opportunities of the Greek economy in reopening for business.

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Nixon Foundation Hosts U.S.-China Workshop Moderated by Dr. Noel Murray

On September 17, 2018, Schmid Center director Dr. Murray was invited to moderate a discussion around President Trump's Trade Policy with China. The Nixon Foundation has made a transcript available on their website, as well a synopsis and video of the discussion. Firefox and Chrome are recommended browsers for video playback.

Chapman University and the Schmid Center for International Business would like to thank the Richard Nixon Foundation for inviting Dr. Murray to moderate this discussion as an expert in international marketing and China.

INTI 495: Dublin Summer Internship

Whether you want to gain experience in the world of finance, express yourself at a PR agency, bring history to life at a museum, debate politics or advocate with nonprofit organizations, the right internship is there for you. EUSA will provide an online webinar to explore the possibilities in the Fall.

Noel Murray
Director, Schmid Center for International Business