Technology and trade have made the world a much smaller place while also making business more innovative and vibrant. Global experiences are a key part of business education today and our students have unique opportunities through the MBA program to see the real world impact of business in the world first hand.
Business on the Frontlines examines the impact of business in post conflict societies. The course gives students the opportunity to partner with NGOs, humanitarian agencies, and for-profit businesses on live projects with real impact in the communities ranging from agriculture and infrastructure programs to micro-finance and self-reliance initiatives and much more. Called one of the most innovative business courses by Forbes, the course includes a two week in country experience where students engage directly with their partner and the community they serve. Since 2008, BOTFL has worked on more than 45 projects in 26 countries including: Bosnia, Lebanon, Egypt, Uganda, Rwanda, Guatemala, Cambodia, Honduras, East Timor and the Philippines. Learn more about the course and recent projects on the BOTFL website.
Each spring, students have the opportunity to join 10-day immersion trips to Asia, South America, or South Africa. These experiences combine exposure to the international business environment with cultural immersions that showcase the natural, historical, and cultural beauty of each country.
Previous Asia Immersion trips have included stops in Beijing and Shanghai. The business and political centers of the world’s second largest economy, these cities serve as a gateway to the history and traditional culture of China as well as one of the driving forces for today’s business world. Previous students have added on an additional stop in Hong Kong, Tokyo, or Seoul to round out their experience.
Students participating in this immersion have visited Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. These major business and political centers give students insight into rapidly emerging and modernizing economies. The trip also introduced the group to the beauty of Chile and the vibrant culture of Argentina. Many students will round out their experience with personal trips to Rio de Janiero before returning to campus.
Delve into the many socio-economic issues that have shaped South Africa’s turbulent history and form its dynamic present, and get first-hand insights on doing business in Africa’s powerhouse economy. With visits to Johannesburg and Cape Town, students will explore such topics as the role of social entrepreneurship in a culturally-diverse economy while experiencing the natural beauty of the south of the African continent.
*All international immersions are based on having sufficient interest from students.