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MBA-PM Global Learning Opportunities

The Tippie College offers MBA-PM students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the international business environment and the role of culture in world trade through an intensive study-abroad experience. The MBA-PM global learning opportunities normally consist of a 6-10 day study trip that includes a seminar and academic excursions to international business and cultural centers.

Through meetings with top executives, corporate visits, cultural excursions, and by networking with business professionals and alumni, you’ll experience first-hand the business and cultural practices of your GLO destination, while also developing a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of globalization. Business visits may include the following sectors: banking and finance, government, manufacturing, transportation, trade, technology and real estate. Companies visited will be a mix of multinationals and local firms.

Typically offered twice a year in early January and mid-May, MBA-PM global learning opportunities are designed and taught by Iowa faculty, supplemented by guest lecturers from the host country. Participants earn 3 semester hours of credit. Course offerings vary with each trip and are currently scheduled as outlined below.


MBA:8500 EXA / 06N:235 Seminar in International Business:  Going & Growing Global in Central Europe

This course will begin in Budapest, Hungary, proceed to Vienna, Austria and end in Prague, Czech Republic.

Hungary was an early leader in the post-communist block of countries intent on reform during the late 1980s and 1990s, having been a member of the IMF and the World Bank for 10 years prior to the collapse of Communism. Early promises of economic ‘stardom’ have so far failed to be fulfilled. Despite the set-backs, Hungary has attracted more than 1 billion USD in FDI from General Electric corporation alone, and the US remains the leading investor in the country. Hungary has also led the way in shifting its focus away from the low-cost manufacturing sector to a more knowledge-based economy, attracting investment in a variety of industries from biotech to IT.

Austria boasts a developed social market economy, a high standard of living and has achieved sustainable economic growth that blends a strong agricultural sector with growth in IT and telecom industries. Additionally, Austria offers a safe business environment with a low rate of corruption and a fairly stable political environment.

Since the collapse of Communism, the Czech Republic has been high on the list of ‘must-see’ destinations in Europe. Enjoying an ideal geographic position in the center of Europe, the country is easily accessible and this, together with its highly-educated labor force, has attracted billions of dollars in investment from many of the world’s most renowned companies. 

Source: International Study Programs

Course Details

  • This 3-semester hour Spring 2015 course can be used as an elective or as a substitute for MBA:8210 / 06N:223 Global Business Strategy, a required core course.
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic
  • Required pre-departure class session and orientation in Iowa City on Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Room C435 Pomerantz Center. The other class sessions will be held abroad.
  • Program Dates in Central Europe: May 17-24th (depart US on May 16 to arrive by the morning of the 17th)
  • See the draft itinerary here.
  • View last year's syllabus from a GLO taught by this faculty member (changes may occur).

Registration Details -- PRIORITY DEADLINE December 19th, 5pm

Request 06N:235:EXA in EMBARC and complete the online application here.

  • NOTE: you will need passport information, including a clear scan or photo of the information page, to complete the online application form. If you do not have a current passport, you may still register, but please apply for one immediately. The GLO application form should take about 10 minutes to complete and must be finished in its entirety to submit.

May 2015 GLO Participation Prioritization:

  1. Admitted students who have not completed a GLO previously
  2. Admitted students repeating the experience
  3. Pre-MBAs

The time stamp in EMBARC will be used for determining date of application. However, enrollment via EMBARC is not sufficient to reserve your seat; a complete online application must be submitted by the Priority Deadline of December 19th in addition to enrollment in EMBARC. You will receive notification of your enrollment the following week. If spaces remain at that time, they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open to Full-time MBA students as well and is limited to 35 students, so apply early to ensure a spot.

Fee Information

Program fee

The program fee of $1700 includes:

  • Hotel accommodation (double occupancy)*
  • Professional visits and speakers
  • Classroom space
  • Group airport/hotel transfers in country (available in prescribed time window)
  • Regional travel between destinations by bus (Budapest to Vienna to Prague)
  • Bi-lingual group tour manager
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Transportation to all professional visits
  • Scheduled excursions and cultural activities
  • Some meals (including all breakfasts and welcome and farewell meals)
  • Supplemental health insurance and assistance for international travel (details on CISI coverage here)

*a single-room supplement of $483 will be charged for those individuals who want a single room.

The entire program fee will be charged to your March 1 U-Bill. This fee is non-refundable if withdrawing on or after February 1 given our requirement to prepay our logistics vendor.

Tuition

Tuition is $1800 for the 3-credit-hour course (billed on your April 1 U-bill)

Airfare (on your own)

Airfare from the United States to the site country is arranged individually and NOT included in the program fee. Estimated airfare is ~$1,500. Please do not book your airfare until your application has been accepted and your participation confirmed. The program begins in Budapest and ends in Prague.

Other Expenses (on your own)

Course packet/materials, remaining meals, entertainment.

Visa for non-US citizens. You will likely need to get a Schengen visa from the Hungarian Embassy, which will allow you access to all three countries. This may require an in-person interview in Chicago.

Program Fee Breakdown (Business Content for company reimbursement)

Some companies will reimburse the portion of the program fee that is related to the business content of the GLO experience. When available the cost breakdown will be posted here should you want to submit it to your company.

Info Sessions

United Arab Emirates: Jan. 10-17, 2015 (depart U.S. on Jan. 9)

Images for the UAE

6N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business:  Going & Growing Global in the UAE

The U.A.E. trip will include a visit to two of the Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dubai is the seventh most visited city in the world and a hub for international trade, with one of the world’s largest ports and a state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure. It benefits from being one of the most business-friendly places in the region. The early success of Dubai’s economy was mainly attributable to its significant oil industry. The city now has thriving real estate and construction, financial services, information technology and tourism sectors and is home to many multinational companies.

You will also have the chance to visit Abu Dhabi, the capital and home to important financial institutions and government entities. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services, technology and tourism.

Experience Arabian culture and hospitality, learn how Islam influences business practices, and even ride a camel! Check out student reflections on previous UAE GLOs by visiting the Tippie blog (2013, 2014) or viewing a video recap here.

Course Details

  • This 3-semester hour Fall 2014 course can be used as an elective or as a substitute for 06N:223 Global Business Strategy, a required core course.
  • Location: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • Required pre-departure class session and orientation in Iowa City on Sunday, December 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Room C435 Pomerantz Center. The other class sessions will be held abroad.
  • Program Dates in the UAE: January 10-17 (depart U.S. on January 9, depart UAE on January 17)
  • See the January 2014 itinerary to get an idea of what this GLO might look like.
  • View last year's syllabus (changes may occur).

Registration Details -- PRIORITY DEADLINE August 15, 5pm

Request 06N:235:EXA in EMBARC and complete the online application form here.

  • NOTE: you will need your passport information, including a clear scan or photo of the information page, to complete the online application form. If you do not have a current passport, you may still register, but please apply for one immediately. The GLO application form should take about 10 minutes to complete and must be finished in its entirety to submit.

  • Non-US citizens must also provide a clear scan or photo of their US visa page; additional documents for a visa may also be required.

January 2015 GLO Participation Prioritization:

  1. Admitted students who have not completed a GLO previously
  2. Admitted students repeating the experience
  3. Pre-MBAs

The time stamp in EMBARC will be used for determining date of application. However, enrollment via EMBARC is not sufficient to reserve your seat; a complete online application must be submitted by the Priority Deadline of August 15th in addition to enrollment in EMBARC. You will receive notification of your enrollment the week of August 18th. If spaces remain at that time, they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open to Full-time MBA students as well and is limited to 40 students, so apply early to ensure a spot.

Fee Information

Program fee

The program fee of $1700 includes:

  • Hotel accommodation (double occupancy)*
  • Visa/reciprocity fees and processing if necessary
  • Professional visits and speakers
  • Classroom space
  • Group airport/hotel transfers in country (available in prescribed time window)
  • Internal travel (Dubai to Abu Dhabi and return by bus or train)
  • Bi-lingual group tour manager
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Transportation to all professional visits
  • Scheduled excursions and cultural activities
  • Some meals (including all breakfasts and welcome and farewell meals)
  • Supplemental health insurance and assistance for international travel (details on CISI coverage here)

*a single-room supplement of $605 will be charged for those individuals who want a single room.

The entire program fee will be charged to your October 1 U-Bill. This fee is non-refundable if withdrawing on or after October 1 given our requirement to prepay our logistics vendor.

Tuition

Tuition is $1800 for the 3-credit-hour course (billed on your November 1 U-bill)

Airfare (on your own)

Airfare from the United States to the site country is arranged individually and NOT included in the program fee. Estimated airfare is ~$1,500. Please do not book your airfare until your application has been accepted and your participation confirmed.

Other Expenses (on your own)

Course packet/materials, remaining meals, entertainment.

Program Fee Breakdown (Business Content for company reimbursement)

Some companies will reimburse the portion of the program fee that is related to the business content of the GLO experience. The cost breakdown is available here on Tippie letterhead should you want to submit it to your company.

January 2015 GLO Info Sessions

See the info session PPT here.

 

6N:235 EXK Seminar in International Business:  Going & Growing Global in South America

The course will begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina and end in Santiago, Chile.

Argentina was one of the 10 wealthiest developed nations in the world at the start of the 20th century. Political turmoil, military dictatorship and an economic collapse in 2001 have left Argentina struggling to get back on its feet. It has made strides since 2001, cutting unemployment from over 21% in 2002 to about 7% today. Agriculture and manufacturing are important sectors and Argentina has abundant natural resources, infrastructure and human capital.

The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index ranks Chile first in Latin America and 34th out of 139 countries worldwide (compared to Argentina's 104th ranking). Chile has had an average yearly growth rate of 5.6% since 1990 and has the highest GDP per capita in Latin America. With the most bilateral trade agreements in the world, Chile was the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the US, Japan, EU and China.

Read about previous visits to Chile and Argentina on the Tippie blog here, here and here!

Course Details

  • This 3-semester hour Fall 2014 course can be used as an elective or as a substitute for 06N:223 Global Business Strategy, a required core course.
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile
  • Required pre-departure class session and orientation in Iowa City on Sunday, December 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Room C425 Pomerantz Center. The other class sessions will be held abroad.
  • Program Dates in South America: January 4-11 (arrival to Buenos Aires on Jan. 4 requires leaving the US on Jan. 3; departing Chile on Jan. 11 usually means arriving to the US on Jan. 12)
  • See a draft itinerary
  • View syllabus from instructor for similar course (changes may occur)

Registration Details -- PRIORITY DEADLINE August 15, 5pm

Request 06N:235:EXK in EMBARC and complete the online application form here.

  • NOTE: you will need your passport information, including a clear scan or photo of the information page, to complete the online application form. If you do not have a current passport, you may still register, but please apply for one immediately. The GLO application form should take about 10 minutes to complete and must be finished in its entirety to submit.

  • Non-US citizens must also provide a clear scan or photo of their US visa page; additional documents for a visa may also be required.

January 2015 GLO Participation Prioritization:

  1. Admitted students who have not completed a GLO previously
  2. Admitted students repeating the experience
  3. Pre-MBAs

The time stamp in EMBARC will be used for determining date of application. However, enrollment via EMBARC is not sufficient to reserve your seat; a complete online application must be submitted by the Priority Deadline of August 15 in addition to enrollment in EMBARC. You will receive notification of your enrollment the week of August 18th. If spaces remain at that time, they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open to Full-time MBA students as well and is limited to 40 students, and interest has been very high, so it is likely this course will reach capacity early!

Fee Information

Program fee

The program fee of $1700 includes:

  • Hotel accommodation (double occupancy)*
  • Visa/reciprocity fees and processing if necessary
  • Professional visits and speakers
  • Classroom space
  • Group airport/hotel transfers in country (available in prescribed time window)
  • Internal travel (flight between Buenos Aires and Santiago)
  • Bi-lingual group tour manager
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Transportation to all professional visits
  • Scheduled excursions and cultural activities
  • Some meals (including all breakfasts and welcome and farewell meals)
  • Supplemental health insurance and assistance for international travel (details on CISI coverage here)

*a single-room supplement of $501 will be charged for those individuals who want a single room.

The entire program fee will be charged to your October 1 U-Bill. This fee is non-refundable if withdrawing on or after October 1 given our requirement to prepay our logistics vendor.

Tuition

Tuition is $1800 for the 3-credit-hour course (billed on your November 1 U-bill)

Airfare (on your own)

Airfare from the United States to the site country is arranged individually and NOT included in the program fee. Estimated airfare is ~$1,800. Please do not book your airfare until your application has been accepted and your participation confirmed.

Other Expenses (on your own)

Course packet/materials, remaining meals, entertainment.

Program Fee Breakdown (Business Content for company reimbursement)

Some companies will reimburse the portion of the program fee that is related to the business content of the GLO experience. The cost breakdown is available here on Tippie letterhead should you want to submit it to your company.

January 2015 GLO Info Sessions

See the info session PPT here.

 

Prior Global Learning Opportunities

Destinations Dates Course Offering
Germany 2014 Aug 2-9 6N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business: Germany
Instructor: Frank Rydzewski
UAE 2014 Jan 4-11 6N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business: UAE
Instructor: Dimy Doresca
HK/Shanghai 2014 Jan 4-12 6N:235 EXK Seminar in International Business: HK/China
Instructor: Mikhail Grachev
Brazil 2013 August 4-10 6N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business: South America
Instructor: Frank Rydzewski
Italy 2013 June 17-21 6K:294 Rapid Continuous Improvement: Process Consulting (with CIMBA)
Instructor: Cristina Turchet
United Arab Emirates 2013 January 5-12 6N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business: U.A.E. (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah)
Instructor: Frank Rydzewski
Hong Kong / China 2013 January 5-13 6N:235 EXK Seminar in International Business: Hong Kong / China
Instructor: Scott Henson
Germany 2012 April 28-May 4 6N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business: Europe
Instructor: Frank Rydzewski
Argentina/Chile 2012 January 3-10 6N:235 EXA Seminar in International Business: Europe
Instructor: Scott Henson
China 2012 January 5-14 6N:235 EXK Seminar in International Business
Instructor: Mikhail Grachev
Italy 2011 June 21-30 6F:223 International Finance or 6M:235 International Marketing
Instructors: Erik Lie (Finance) and John Mittelstaedt (Marketing)
Germany 2011 May 27-June 4 6N:235EXA Seminar in International Business: Global Studies - Europe
Instructor: Frank Rydzewski
China/Hong Kong 2010 January 5-14 6N:235 Seminar in International Business: Going and Growing Global in China
Santiago, Chile 2010 January 9-16 6N:235 Seminar in International Business: Going and Growing Global in Latin America
New York 2009 June 14-18 6F:205 Contemporary Topics (Management of Financial Institutions)
Instructor: John Spitzer
Included professional visits to NYSE and financial institutions, a Broadway show, dinner at Cornell Club
Italy 2009 May 1-10 6J:246 International Management
Instructor: Frank Rydzewski
Included classes in Asolo, professional visits in Venuto region, day tour of Venice
Hong Kong 2009 January 7-16 6J:246 International Management
Italy 2008 June 13-22 6J:246 International Management
Germany 2008 May 5-15 6E:234 International Business
Hong Kong 2008 Jan 9-21 6M:235 International Marketing
Greece 2007 May 1-10 6E:234 International Business
Hong Kong 2007 January 3-15 6J:235 Maximizing Team Performance or 6J:246 International Management
Hong Kong 2006 May 3-15 6N:228 International Economic Environment of the Firm
London 2005 April 30-May 14 6N:228 International Economic Environment of the Firm