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Global Perspective and Experience

​Knowing international markets isn't the same as experiencing them. 

video Success in an increasingly global marketplace takes a deep understanding of other cultures, customs, and values—an appreciation for the different ways culture impacts business around the globe, and vice versa. That’s why at Olin, a required six-week, around-the-world immersion kicks off the learning process. Here, you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to broaden your perspective. Your knowledge base. Your view of the world.

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Orientation and Global Immersion

Olin MBA program begins with global immersion in Europe, Asia, and North America
  • St. Louis (13 days)
    Week one begins with three days of orientation focused on building strong connections among students and planning for career success. Students then launch into a foundational course introducing them to Olin’s values-based, data-driven approach to decision-making, which will be reinforced throughout the program. Students also participate in an “Amazing Race”-style competition that will expose them to the diversity of the city of St. Louis and allow them to practice the problem formulation, delegation, and coordination that underpins all impactful teamwork.
  • Washington, DC (7 days)
    In week three, you and your classmates begin the second residency, in Washington, DC, where Olin leverages its one-of-a-kind connection with the Brookings Institution, the world-renowned government and business policy think-tank. There, faculty will lead an exploration of the global economy, institutions, and cultures; an introduction to the culture and political economy of the United States, China, and the European Union; additional career preparation with Olin alumni and opportunities for corporate engagement; and further work on effective and impactful teamwork.
  • Barcelona (14 days)
    Week four begins a two-week residency in Barcelona—a world leader in startup innovation, tech investment, social enterprise development, and investment capital. Partnering with companies and corporate leaders on the ground, Olin professors introduce students to the core analytical techniques of managers, using real-world, on-site problems at European-based businesses. These hands-on opportunities create an integrated experience for you to develop functional breadth across the firm while beginning to create depth in specific management disciplines.
  • Shanghai (17 days)
    The fourth residency takes you to Shanghai, a hub for global commerce, manufacturing, healthcare, and banking. The two-and-a-half week residency in this diverse economy exposes you to early- and late-stage capitalism as well as the complexities of state-run businesses. Context affects strategy. And the Chinese economy is brimming with opportunities to view business problems from a variety of perspectives, value systems, and cultures. That strategic focus becomes the core of your work in Shanghai as faculty lead you through foundational courses in interpreting business models and operational strategy while, again, providing experiential learning opportunities with real-world problems, on site at Chinese corporate headquarters.
  • Back to St. Louis
    After your five-week immersive global experience, you return to St. Louis to begin the fall semester. You’ll dive head-first into the program's core classes, now framed by the knowledge and experiences you gained while abroad.

We offer a variety of elective international study and experiential learning opportunities for the globalist in you.

Venture Consulting in Budapest

Students in this course—taught by Clifford Holekamp, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship—spend 10 days in Budapest, working with startups, solving real problems, and learning about Eastern European business, history, and culture.

International Impact Initiative

Student teams, overseen by an Olin faculty mentor, provide management consulting for a variety of local, national, or international firms in locations on five continents. At the end of the project, each team presents their analyses, strategies, and recommendations for improvement to senior client leadership.

Global Management Studies (GMS)

Travel abroad to get firsthand experience with international cultures and economies. In the past, faculty-guided GMS student teams have traveled to Brazil, China, England, Germany, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, and immersed themselves in the local business challenges and opportunities.

Regionally Focused Courses

Interested in learning more about business practices in Asia or Africa? Take Asian Business Networks for an in-depth analysis of how managers use their personal and professional networks to get work done. In Africa Business Landscape you’ll learn about the opportunities and post-colonial challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Exchange Programs

We offer exchange programs in Argentina, China, England, France, Germany, and India, lasting from two weeks to one semester. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are taught in English. Choose a destination that matches your interests and language abilities.

England – At the Manchester Business School in England, you attend classes with students from across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. You’ll gain a new perspective from the British curriculum and get real-world experience working at local businesses.

China – For those interested in studying in Hong Kong, Olin offers two opportunities.

South Korea – Spend two weeks in this MBA-only summer program at Yonsei University School of Business, which includes being part of an international classroom, building a global network, and experiencing South Korea's remarkable cultural sites.

Germany – At the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, Germany, you can take a two-week summer program on international business, which typically takes place in May, or stay for an entire semester.

France – For students interested in studying in France, Olin offers a two-week or semester-long program at the Université Paris-Dauphine in Paris.

India – Students wishing to study abroad in India have three options:

Argentina – Located in Argentina’s largest city, Buenos Aires, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (PUCA) immerses students in South American culture. Courses are taught in Spanish. Discover new business practices and improve your Spanish while spending a term (seven to eight weeks) in the capital city.

MBAs Without Borders

Olin Business School is a participant in MBAs Without Borders, a division of the Citizens Development Corps, a private, nonprofit volunteer organization founded in 1990 by a consortium of leading US business schools. Since the program’s inception, it has expanded from 16 to 52 participating schools. The organization places MBA graduates from participating schools in positions with private companies in countries with emerging economies.

Only Olin second-year MBA students or recent graduates of the program can apply. If selected, you begin a language training and orientation program in July, and start your 12-month assignment in October. To date, more than 1,000 Corps members have provided management and technology assistance on four continents.