To prepare you to do business in today’s global economy, the Smith School’s international study programs provide a first-hand look at business operations around the world.
Think Amazing Race meets venture creation. Each year the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship takes MBA students on an eight-day China experience where they travel from Hong Kong to Beijing. Along the way, students earn points as we visit Chinese startups, multinational corporations, venture capital firms and cultural sites like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. The challenge culminates with a final competition at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management. Students compete for cash prizes alongside peers from Smith, Guanghua and other Chinese business schools, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
In 2006, the Smith School was awarded a four-year, $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education grant to fund a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). One of 31 CIBERs at U.S. business schools, the center’s mission is to encourage and facilitate international expertise among students, faculty and the business community. Center activities and research focus on global e-commerce, entrepreneurship and innovation, cybersecurity, global services, emerging markets, and enhancing international curriculum components.
Smith’s 10-day study abroad programs provide MBA candidates opportunities to meet with executives, visit multinational organizations, and enjoy cultural and social events while earning academic credit. Past courses have covered alternative fuels in Brazil, agricultural exports in Chile and the emerging stock exchanges in India and China. Smith students have participated in courses in India, China, Dubai/Tunisia, France, the Czech Republic, Spain, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.
For an in-depth international experience, consider spending a semester abroad at select business schools in Australia, Europe or Asia.