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The core curriculum includes three hours of international business, which most students fulfill with a Global Learning Opportunity trip. Beyond the trips, there are a handful of study abroad opportunities that will make your MBA even more global, which you can do in place of or in addition to GLO.

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Global Learning Opportunities

Week-long trips to destinations around the globe that will expose you firsthand to business abroad, with a healthy dose of cultural exploration thrown in (e.g., camel rides). GLO trips take place every January, approximately one week before classes start.

Trips are coordinated in conjunction with the Professional MBA Program and include students from both programs and the Hong Kong MBA Program.

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Study abroad

Besides the Tippie Global Learning Opportunities, there are a variety of other ways for you to expand your horizons and gain international experience during your MBA. The program fee subsidy (approx. $2,400) that is available to you for the GLO may alternatively be applied to one of these opportunities with prior approval, although it may not fully cover the costs associated with these programs. Please contact Jill Tomkins to discuss your options and interest further.

CIMBA graduate summer program in Paderno del Grappa, Italy

The beautiful countryside of Italy is the setting of CIMBA's summer graduate programs. The University of Iowa is the degree- and credit-granting institution for this program, which brings together students and faculty from different countries to study business. Typically there are two sessions offered each summer, one at the end of May and the other at the beginning of June. Cost: $3,000 plus airfare. Applications are due on April 1.

India winterim (late December to mid-January)

The India winterim is an intensive, three-week field-based program that provides the opportunity to learn from and directly interact with leading social entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions in India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. This program is typically done by undergraduate students, but MBAs can contact instructors to determine how to translate it to graduate-level credit. Cost: $3,700–$3,900 plus airfare. Applications due in September. 

Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU): European MBA Summer Institute

The European MBA Summer Institute offers two May sessions of a two-week course, The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe, for MBA students of WHU's partner universities. The three-credit-hour course takes place in Vallendar, Germany. Cost: approx. $550 application fee plus airfare and cost of living. Applications typically due in early March.

Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU): Semester or Quarter Exchange

MBA courses are available at the Dusseldorf campus, or master in finance and master in management courses are available at the Vallendar campus. This exchange is available for a full fall or spring semester or for a single module during the first part of the spring semester. WHU's master's in management program is highly ranked in Germany and worldwide. Past courses available here.

Students will need to work with Iowa MBA staff to ensure that courses will transfer for credit and all academic requirements are met before graduation. Tuition is paid to the University of Iowa as usual; costs to the student include airfare and cost of living (approx. $1,200/month). Applications due in March for the following year.

Erasmus UniversityRotterdam School of Management (RSM) Exchange

The partnership between Iowa MBA and Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) provides for a semester or single 8-week module exchange opportunity for students in their second year. Students participating in a full semester exchange have the option to take part in the International Business Project, a consultancy project similar to the Iowa MBA Consulting experience. RSM is highly ranked by MBA global rankings.

Students will need to work with Iowa MBA staff to ensure that courses will transfer for credit and all academic requirements are met before graduation. Tuition is paid to the University of Iowa as usual; costs to the student include airfare and cost of living (approx. $2,000/month). Applications are due in March for the following year.