The Smith School’s graduate international opportunities offer students the opportunity to earn academic credit for courses that include an international travel component. These programs seek to imbue students with a global mindset and global business savvy so they are well positioned for leadership roles in an increasingly interconnected world.
Why participate in a Smith MBA global course opportunity?
- Employ discipline-based knowledge acquired in the classroom to solve real-world problems faced by companies in a given country or region
- Understand the major business opportunities and growth drivers in a country or region.
- Learn about the institutional structure of a given industry in a specific national or regional context and place this knowledge in comparative perspective
- Gain insight into the effect of cross-cultural differences on interpersonal interactions
- Understand why individuals from different cultures react differently to similar managerial practices, work systems, and human capital management systems
- Learn to effectively design, implement, and manage cross-cultural teams
- Develop an increased tolerance for ambiguity
What are the MBA global opportunities?
- Open to 2nd and 3rd year MBA students
- On-campus coursework
- 8-10 day travel abroad Winter break or Spring break
While abroad, students travel with their professor and visit companies to enhance their business acumen. Students choose courses based on opportunities to develop expertise in their field of interest and based on the opportunity to network with colleagues, faculty and international company executives in their field. Also during the travel component of the program, through experiential and applied learning, students will have opportunities to immerse themselves into the host culture – for example by taking a cooking class to learn about local cuisine, participating in a service-learning project, or doing micro consulting with local students in the host city.
The academic focus and location of these courses change each year.
Global business courses are offered every year and new courses are announced each Spring.
- 2 or 4 credits
- Open to all students, including first year students
- On-campus coursework
- 8-10 day travel abroad Winter break, Spring break, or Summer
International clients provide actionable consulting projects for which student teams will collaborate to develop and present an innovative, operational plan that will have the most significant impact and best possible outcome for their clients. Past clients include the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka, KW Foundation in Uruguay, AFAR in Tunisia, 3M in Chile, and the ARAVA Institute in Israel.