The Wisconsin MBA Global Business Program 2015 gives students firsthand insight into how the business world is profoundly connected while encouraging curiosity and openness about business differences and similarities. Students that possess strong skills along with cultural understanding and global outlook will be valuable assets to employers. The Wisconsin MBA Program has traveled to Africa, South America, Turkey, Vietnam, Dubai, Japan, Brazil, China, India, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa.

This two-credit course includes travel abroad to meet with business professionals and government officials and undergo a hands-on, international business management learning experience. The trip will feature cultural activities and excursions, as well as meetings with business executives, strategists, and government leaders. This study tour has a limited number of spaces available. Selections will be made based on the criteria outlined below.


This course is part of the Wisconsin MBA Global Business Program and only full-time students enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison MBA Program may participate. Interest in the business environment in the respective country is necessary, but no language competence is required.


Students will be expected to pay for their airfare to and from the international destination, in addition to a $500 non-refundable fee. The School will cover the cost of a double-occupancy room and in-country ground transportation to and from group company-site visits, as well as group-designated social/cultural activities, breakfast, and one in-country dinner.

Course Content

Trip participation includes enrollment in a two-credit contemporary topics course. Students do not have to pay a special tuition—only the air travel to and from the destination, the $500 course fee (non-refundable), and most evening meals and incidentals.

Required activities include, but are not limited to, pre-departure orientation meetings (total will most likely include 6-7 hours of fall semester planning, of which one hour will be a post-trip debriefing), presentations at overseas venues, and visits to various business enterprises. Pre-trip meetings will occur during the fall semester. The project deliverable is required. Grades are based on each student’s participation in required activities and fulfillment of requirements.


Students will need to submit an application and a $500 non-refundable deposit check, made payable to the Wisconsin School of Business.

After the application period has passed, and if demand exceeds supply for the course, the following criteria will be used to determined course participation:

  • Second-year students who have not had a global school-related travel experience while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison or those who submitted an application for IB 765 in Spring 2014 (Chile/Argentina)
  • Second-year MBA students who have had a global experience (Global Business Project, center-based travel)

The following application and a non-refundable deposit check for $500 must be submitted to the MBA Program Office, 2450 Grainger Hall, by Friday, September 5.