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Global Learning Opportunities (a.k.a. GLO trips) are weeklong international travel classes.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how companies adapt to local business conditions and experience international business firsthand through economic, political, and cultural immersion.

2017 GLO destinations

United Arab Emirates

Dates: January 7–14, 2017 (depart U.S. January 6)
Location: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Course: MBA:8500 Seminar in International Business
See draft itinerary



Dates: January 7–15, 2017 (depart U.S. January 6)
Location: Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore
Course: MBA:8500 Seminar in International Business
See draft itinerary



Applying for GLO

The online GLO application takes about 10–15 minutes; links to applications for both trips are at the top of this page. You’ll need the following to upload as a Word document, jpeg, or PDF:

  • A legible and clear scan/photo of your passport information page*
  • A headshot for use in a student directory (PMBA students only)

*If you do not yet have a passport, it is still possible to register, but please apply immediately. (Passport application details here for U.S. citizens.)

Application deadlines

  • Professional MBA students—August 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Full-time MBA students—September 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

2017 GLO prioritization

The program has limited seats, so apply as soon as possible. If more students apply than we have room for, we’ll prioritize based on when you submitted your application and this hierarchy:

Professional MBA students

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

Full-time MBA students (25 spots)

  1. Second-year students who have not completed a GLO previously
  2. First-year students
  3. Students repeating the experience

Reserved seats

After the Full-time MBA Program’s priority application deadline, any remaining seats will be made available based on date of application and prioritizations listed above.

On-campus class sessions

Both GLO destinations include a class session scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Iowa City from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in C435 Pomerantz Center.


There are three costs associated with GLO: the program fee, flight, and tuition. These costs are different for Full-time MBA and Professional MBA students, because Full-time MBA students are required to have a GLO experience; therefore, the program fee is already included in their tuition and fees.

Full-time MBA students

Your GLO program fee is included in the tuition and fees you already pay. Note that this applies only to your first GLO experience; if you repeat GLO, you’ll need to pay the program fee.

  • Program fee: $2,500—No additional cost to you, included in your tuition/fees
  • Flight: approximately $1,500
  • Tuition: included in FTMBA tuition cost

Professional MBA students

Because GLO is an optional experience for PMBA students, the tuition you pay does not include extra charges for GLO, so the program fee, tuition, and flight costs are the responsibility of the student.

  • Program fee: $1,400 (appears on October U-Bill)
  • Flight: approximately $1,500
  • Tuition: $1,995 (standard tuition cost, appears on September or November U-Bill)

    Program fee

    The program fee includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy), professional visits and speakers, classroom space, group airport/hotel transfers in country (available in prescribed time window), transportation between cities included in the program, bilingual group tour manager, orientation upon arrival, transportation to all professional visits, scheduled excursions and cultural activities, some meals (including all breakfasts and welcome/farewell meals), supplemental health insurance, and assistance for international travel.