Global-minded. Career-oriented.

Global Learning Opportunities (a.k.a. GLOs) are weeklong international travel classes for Professional and Online MBA students.

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.

2020 and 2021 GLO Destinations

Amsterdam and London--CANCELLED

The withdrawal deadline has passed. If interested in enrolling, please contact to inquire if hotel rooms are still available and enrollment possible.

Dates: May 10-17, 2020 (depart U.S. May 9)
Locations: England and the Netherlands
Itinerary: See draft itinerary
Application info: Learn what it takes to apply
Additional details: Informational slide deck

South Africa--CANCELLED

Dates: January 9-16, 2021
Locations: Johannesburg and Cape Town
Itinerary: A draft itinerary will be available at a later date. View the 2019 South Africa GLO itinerary for reference.
Application info: Learn what it takes to apply
Additional details: If the global health environment improves in the coming months, we will consider adding the January 2021 GLO back to the schedule.

Italy and Switzerland

Dates: May 9-16, 2021
Itinerary: A draft itinerary will be available in the fall.
Application info: Learn what it takes to apply
Additional details: An informational slide deck will be available in the fall.



Future GLO Destinations

Dates Destination
January 2021 South Africa--CANCELLED
May 2021 Italy and Switzerland
January 2022 South America
May 2022 Europe 

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

Priority deadlines are July 15 for January GLOs and November 15 for May GLOs. The applications will be available on this page approximately 6 weeks prior to the priority deadline. Notification by email will be sent when the application opens.

 Application timeline

Date of GLO trip

January May
Application available June October
Priority deadline July 15 November 15
Withdrawal deadline August 15 January 5

Program Fee U-Bill charges for MBA students

October February
Tuition charges for MBA students November* March*

*September/January U-Bill Charges may be indicated on GLO application if preferred for financial aid purposes.

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 or Online MBA students

  1. Admitted students who have not completed a GLO previously
  2. Admitted students repeating the experience
  3. Professional MBA program in PreMBA status

After the priority application deadline has passed, any remaining seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online class sessions for May Amsterdam/London GLO

Pre-departure course content will move online. In addition to recorded lectures, students must be available for 5 live online sessions as follows:

  • Saturday, March 21: 8:30 – 10:30am
  • Saturday, March 28: 8:30 – 10:30am
  • Sunday, April 19:  7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Sunday, April 26, 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Sunday, May 3, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Registration Notes

Enrollment: Your enrollment will be added by program staff after the withdrawal deadline has passed.

Students fully admitted before Summer 2017: you may substitute GLO for Global Business Strategy / Foundations in Strategy (required core course) or the GLO may serve as an elective. Recommendation: If you did not complete Global Business Strategy and plan to take a GLO, we strongly recommend that you take Foundation in Strategy and use the GLO as an elective. The strategy tools you will learn and the skills you will develop are critical as you progress in your career. The same content is not covered in the GLOs. 

For students fully admitted in Summer 2017 or later: Elective credit only and may be taken twice. 

Multiple GLOs: If completing more than one GLO, they should be to different regions—Northern Europe may be considered separate from Central and Southern Europe, but please contact GLO staff to confirm. 

Re-admission: If you have not attended University of Iowa classes with in the past year, you will need to complete a readmission form. For example, if you last took a course in Spring 2018 and want to take part in the GLO in Fall 2019, you would need to complete the readmission form through the Tippie Application Portal.  

  • After creating your My Profile section in the portal, you should then select MBA, Professional or Online MBA, and Readmission.
  • You should include an updated resume, but you won’t need a new transcript, essay, or GMAT score. Once you submit your materials, your file will be processed and you will be contacted when the system will allow you to register for classes. 
  • In this process you will have the option to select the semester you would like to enroll. There is a readmission fee of $30. 
  • Hint:  Make sure you actually submit the application. Some students have missed that step and only updated a portion of the information and their app remained in pending status for longer than they had hoped.  It does take about 24-48 hours for an application to be processed and imported into the University’s system. After you are notified you have been readmitted, you be eligible to participate in the GLO.

Pre-MBA:   The GLO would need to be one of your first five courses if you are in pre-MBA status.   


There are three costs associated with GLO:

  • Program fees
  • Airfare
  • Tuition
What does the program fee include?

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.


Professional or Online MBA students

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

  • Program fee: $1600 for January 2020 to UAE*, $1750 for May 2020 to Amsterdam/London
  • Airfare: approximately $1100-2000 depending on locations
  • Tuition: Standard tuition for a 3-s.h. course (see tuition)

* Some companies will reimburse the portion of the program fee that is related to the business content of the GLO experience. View the UAE program fee breakdown. View the business content costs for the May GLO.