Global Perspective and Experience
Knowing international markets isn't the same as experiencing them.
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 firsthand opportunity to broaden your perspective. Your knowledge base. Your view of the world.
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.
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.