The Wisconsin MBA is committed to helping you gain the experiences necessary to prepare you for work in a global economy. The Wisconsin MBA Global Business Program, the Global Business Project (GBP), and center-based global experiences all offer in-country travel and learning. In addition, a global focus woven throughout the curriculum is a hallmark of the Wisconsin MBA.

MBA students obtain international business experience through meetings with senior business executives, government leaders, and educators in key business locations around the world. By supplementing the business meetings with cultural and social activities, students acquire a holistic understanding of a foreign country or region while gaining an appreciation of local customs.

Wisconsin MBA Global Business Program 2014

You may want to consider this winter break for-credit study abroad opportunity, or IB 765 2-credit course. As part of this for-credit study abroad trip, Wisconsin MBA students travel to a global destination (based in large part by student preference and a compelling case for a global presence in the world economy) for an eight-day immersion. The experience includes corporate site visits, cultural visits, and meetings with local business professionals. Travel for this course occurs during January.

Global Business Project (GBP)

The Global Business Project offers students the chance to develop virtual teamwork skills as they are matched with team members from other leading U.S. business schools and given a project for a client company in a foreign country. With faculty guidance, the students complete their projects as part of a semester-long, three-credit course. The course culminates with an in-country experience in which the teams gather additional information and present their solutions to the business challenge they were given. Travel for this course occurs in spring at the conclusion of the semester.

Expenses: The costs of these experiences are shared by the participating students and the Wisconsin School of Business (and, in the case of the Global Business Project, by a U.S. Department of Education grant). Costs are kept low to try to encourage as many students as possible to take advantage of these courses. Discover your option and the requirements below.

Wisconsin MBA Global Business Program 2014

This two-credit course includes travel abroad to Sao Paulo, Brazil 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.

Prerequisites:

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

Costs:

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

Course content:

Trip participation includes enrollment in a two-credit contemporary topics course. Students do not have to pay tuition—only the air travel to and from Brazil, 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 and will be due by Friday, February 7, 2014. Grades are based on each student’s participation in required activities and fulfillment of requirements.

Applications:

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 Wisconsin, or those who submitted an application for IB 765 in spring 2013 (Chile/Argentina or China/Hong Kong)
  • Second-year MBAs 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 Monday, July 29.

If slots remain available after July 29, first-year MBAs will have the opportunity to sign up for the course.

Trip Contact

Destination            Trip Leader
Sao Paolo, Brazil     Amanda Truppe, atruppe@bus.wisc.edu

International Business 765/Global Business Project (GBP) for 3 Credits

Made available through the UW-Madison Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), this three-credit spring course is a collaborative program offered by the UW-Madison and 11 other participating CIBER schools. The course puts teams of 4-6 MBA students together from leading business schools to work solving real problems facing companies wanting to improve their global competitiveness. Students work virtually during spring semester and then travel in-country during the last two weeks of May. Spring 2013 projects will take place in India, China, Brazil and Japan.

For more detailed information, please visit the GBP webpage or contact Susan Huber Miller, CIBER Managing Director and Director of Global Applied Learning at shubermiller@bus.wisc.edu; 608-263-7682.