|Louisiana State University Shreveport||Shreveport||Louisiana|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse||New York|
|University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill||North Carolina|
|Washington State University||Pullman||Washington|
|Webster University||Webster Groves||Missouri|
It might sound strange for an online student to sign up for a study abroad experience—after all, if they don’t have time to go into a classroom, how can they possibly find the time to travel to China? The truth is most MBA students see the study abroad experience as one of the most important components of the program. Besides providing a life altering, once in a lifetime opportunity to work and study abroad, the overseas experience can boost the students’ marketability and network.
With so many benefits, most Online MBA students, especially those who love to travel, are willing to work at least one study abroad experience into their schedule. Fortunately, no matter which program you choose, an MBA advisor will always be there to help. This is especially true at the schools on our list. Read on.
Online MBA Programs that Offer Opportunities to Travel
- Indiana University-Bloomington, Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, Indiana
- Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS), School of Business, Shreveport, Louisiana
- Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Boston, Massachusetts
- Syracuse University, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse, New York
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Washington State University, Carson College of Business, Pullman, Washington
- Webster University, George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster Groves, Missouri
Indiana University-Bloomington, Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, Indiana
Indiana University—Bloomington’s Kelly School of Business offers a study abroad program for Online MBA students that allows them to solve a real problem in an emerging market and add it to their resume. AGILE (Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education) is offered each quarter, in partnership with other top business schools around the world. The school says that current experiences take students to global hubs of emerging economic opportunity such as:
- Beijing, China
- Gaborone, Botswana
- Havana/Viñales, Cuba
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- New Delhi, India
- São Paolo, Brazil
- Yangon, Myanmar
Once accepted, the school says that students will work with their advisor to incorporate the overseas opportunity into their plan of study.
Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS), School of Business, Shreveport, Louisiana
The School of Business at Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS) is part of the College of Business, Education, and Human Development, which offers an Online MBA program with an International Business Concentration that includes a two-week study abroad option. Known as The International Business Experience Program, the study abroad option allows students to study international marketing and strategic expansion of companies into more than one country. Upcoming international trips include “Doing Business in New Zealand” and “International Business in Asia Pacific.”
Per the school, the New Zealand experience is “designed for students wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the current business environment in New Zealand by examining the political, economic, social, cultural, and legal factors through lectures and meetings with business executives. By studying the competitive advantage of major industries in New Zealand, including real estate, agriculture, and forestry, this program aims to expand knowledge of contemporary international business through concepts and practices in the exciting environment of New Zealand.”
The Asia Pacific trip provides “practical guidance on how to develop and sustain a competitive advantage in the region, the rise of ASEAN, and the challenges and opportunities for trade growth and collaboration with this fast growing and dynamic region.”
Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Boston, Massachusetts
Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of Business has four international summer programs that it says are designed to give students “knowledge in and new perspectives regarding international business.” The programs will help students develop the “critical skills necessary to compete and succeed in the global market.” All courses involve a multinational faculty and are taught in English.
To help students “acquire a deeper understanding of the exciting changes taking place across the globe,” academic coursework during Northeastern’s spring 2018 semester was augmented with a “10-day trip encompassing a variety of activities including talks by guest speakers; meetings with regional officials; a visit to a local university; and visits to local, national and multinational firms.”
Syracuse University, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse, New York
Students can choose any three residencies during their time in the Whitman Online MBA program ([email protected]). Options include a campus residency in Syracuse, a residency in New York City or an international residency. Per the school, “international residencies offer students a global perspective on business as they explore major business centers worldwide. At one recent residency, students traveled to Dublin to study the industry-leading innovation taking place in Ireland. Many students took full advantage of the opportunity to explore the local culture and activities.”
In July, [email protected] students traveled to Florence, Italy, and in January 2019, students will be heading to Hong Kong.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Online MBA program ([email protected]) at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has a global component that gives students the opportunity to study abroad at one of the school’s MBA exchange partner schools. Known as DBI (Doing Business In), the program consists of one- to two-week immersion courses that provide an “in-depth look” at how business is done in “unique global settings.” Per the school, this allows students to “broaden their perspectives on solving problems in their own organizations at home.”
Recent DBI courses have taken place in locations such as:
Depending on program, DBI opportunities are typically available in early January, March, May, June and July.
Washington State University, Carson College of Business, Pullman, Washington
Washington State University’s Carson College of Business offers Online MBA students the opportunity to travel to China and South Korea for a weeklong residency. Per the school, this optional overseas experience allows students to “gain a firsthand perspective on one of the world’s fastest growing economies.” As part of the International Business 580 course, this international field study “takes students beyond the classroom and textbook. The trip takes an in-depth look into how government regulations and local philosophies can affect businesses.”
Additionally, “leveraging solid local relationships and on-ground knowledge, students will get an inside look into businesses located in Beijing as well as Seoul. Depending on the professional interests of the traveling students, types of businesses in the itinerary vary.”
Students who choose to participate in the overseas residency are also encouraged to explore the Chinese and South Korean cultures. Free time will be allotted for personal activities, including the following:
- The Great Wall
- Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
- Demilitarized Zone
- Farewell Dinner
Per the school, “previous participants have found the trip to be rewarding, not only by reinforcing what is learned in class, but also offering an opportunity to network with classmates and foreign business leaders.”
Webster University, George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster Groves, Missouri
Webster University has a number of overseas opportunities for Online MBA students. Just a few include the Walker Global Hybrid Courses and Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). Per the school, Walker Global Hybrid Courses are a blend of online and immersive travel learning. The one-week travel component offers students the opportunity to explore a global business, technology or management issue in locations around the world. On the menu for 2019 are:
- Change Leadership Applied: Organizational Development & Leadership Through the Battle of Britain and D-Day, England and France
- International Assignment Management, London, England
- International Computer Crimes, Dublin, Ireland
- Thailand Business & Life, Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand
Webster University and its partner BLCU provide an annual Chinese Studies program in Beijing during the fall semester. Per the school one course is devoted to Chinese culture and “getting around China in very basic Chinese.” However, the content of the program is presented and discussed in English.
The Semester in China program is designed for students with an interest in Asian or Chinese cultures. “The program is ideal for students who are interested in international affairs or trade,” says the school. “Courses utilize Beijing as a living classroom, and weave excursions, independent projects, lectures and group work together into a comprehensive experiential learning environment.” Online MBA students may take between 12 and 18 credit hours.
Potential Costs for Study Abroad Experiences in Online MBA Programs
Costs for study abroad experiences in Online MBA programs will vary greatly based on the type of experience, location, school, and much more. However, to give you an idea of what the different types of programs could cost, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and LSUS have provided costs for their programs.
UNC’s DBI programs range in cost from $500 to about $2000. The schools says that most include “accommodation, course material, and cultural visits.” Administrative fees vary for each program and are not included in [email protected] tuition costs. In some cases, course fees include housing and cultural tours.
Costs for the LSUS Asia Pacific Program include:
- Tuition required for MBA course (three MBA credit hours, $1,247.39),
- Program fee of $2,655.00 (includes lodging, 60 percent of meals, ground transportation to class activities, and fees associated with mandatory events)
- Airfare arranged individually
- Tourist visa
- Personal spending allowance (optional excursions, personal travel, 40 percent of meals, etc.)
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