As the world was indeed becoming flat, The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business was ahead of its time in 2000 when it began requiring all of its students to take an international study trip at some point during their degree programs.
The Massey School views this practice as a way of expanding students' views of culture and the interdependency that exists between companies and countries around the world. Only a handful of other graduate business programs hold their graduate business students to a similar requirement. Click the video links to our most recent trips to Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria for a week in the life of The Massey School’s International Study Abroad experience.
March 5 - 13, 2016
Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. The cosmopolitan city of five million is generally rated as one of the top cities for doing business in the world. In fact, Barcelona is the economic powerhouse of Spain, generating a quarter of Spain’s GDP.
Known for its creative, modern, business environment, Barcelona somehow manages to preserve its important historical, cultural and architectural legacy. In between the Mediterranean beaches and the mountainous Tibidabo, the city boasts the famed La Rambla where street performers and artists captivate passing tourists, tantalizing tapas, and some of the best-known trendsetting bars and nightlife in Europe. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and is home to one of the best-known soccer clubs in the world, FC Barcelona.
Barcelona’s economy is highly diversified. The key sectors include IT, telecommunications, biotechnology, agriculture, and of course, tourism. The city’s multicultural workforce is made up of people from all over Europe and the world. The majority of people in Barcelona speak a language other than Spanish.
May 7 - 15, 2016
With 13 million people, Delhi is the capital and 3rd largest city in India and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century BCE. The city is remarkably diverse, with dozens of languages, ethnicities, and influences coexisting - not just Indian but increasingly international ones as well.
Comprised of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is also home to one of the fastest growing economies of the world. Delhi is the hub of the industrial belt of Northern India and home to many of India’s largest companies. The region is best known for several industries, including textile, jewelry, fashion, corporate headquarters, and information technology.
Delhi is filled with extreme wealth alongside tremendous poverty and is often viewed as a microcosm of Indian life. The first-time visitor is greeted with an almost overwhelming array of sights and sensations. There are monuments, mosques and tombs in abundance, impressive colonial architecture, brilliant museums, rickshaws, excellent restaurants, peaceful gardens and endless bazaars, markets and shops. Specific sites include the world’s biggest Hindu temple, India’s largest mosque, the memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, and the famous Chandni Chowk Market.
AMBA only, May 7 - 22, 2016
The Cape Town trip is an extended study-abroad experience designed specifically for Accelerated MBA students and will count for both the MGT 6300 and MGT 6350 course requirements. Students will be traveling to Cape Town, South Africa and studying at nearby Stellenbosch University, where the focus will be on international business and intercultural dynamics. Significant portions of this study will take place in a classroom setting with Stellenbosch faculty, with the balance of the experience consisting of a variety of visits to area businesses (e.g., SAB Miller, Naspers, and Transet), as well as a number of cultural activities (e.g., boat trip to Robben Island, trip to Cape Winelands, dinner with local businesspersons, workshops and visits with various population groups, and a drive along Chapman's Peak). Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa, with a population estimated at 3.5 million and is the largest South African municipality in terms of land area. Stellenbosch University is generally recognized as the top business school on the African continent, with its university roots being traced back to 1859.
HCMBA only, May 7 - 22, 2016
The Healthcare MBA Study Abroad course (MGT 6350) to Europe is a uniquely designed, week-long intensive review of the healthcare systems in both Prague, Czech Republic and Berlin, Germany. Students will engage in numerous academic and cultural activities in Prague including visiting Prague Hospital for public patients, Asklepion Private Surgery Clinic which performs facial, dental, and torso plastic reconstructive surgery, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Prague, Café Therapy, an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) entrepreneurial enterprise run by rehabilitated drug and alcohol addicts, and several Czech health reform panel discussions, as well as ancient castles and historic sites. In Berlin, the healthcare students were able to don surgical gowns and visit patients in ICU in both the German Heart Institute and the Berlin Trauma Center. The students will engage in intensive discussions on pharmaceutical policies and issues between practitioners and pharmaceutical representatives. The students will also visit The Berlin Wall historical site dividing East & West Germany which was torn down in 1989 , Terezin Concentration & Relocation Center for Jewish prisoners during the Nazi Reign in WWII, and the Otto Bock Science Center for technological innovation in prosthetic and rehabilitation devices. Students will be exposed to the world famous castle & Sans Souci grounds of Frederick, King of Prussia as well as the site of the peace treaty signed by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and U.S. President Harry Truman as a part of the surrender of Germany. The European Study Abroad course is a valuable, educational, and cultural highlight for the entire cohort of Healthcare MBA students.
Go for Europe (Four countries)
June - July, 2016
The Know - Europe Study Abroad Program is sponsored by Groupe ESC Normandie, Normandie Business School. Students visit Belgium, France, Poland and Spain. The Go for Europe program aims to provide participants with a first-hand initiation into the European business context. This gives a unique opportunity to appreciate the complexity of the European scene, both from a Northern and Southern Europe perspective.
This trip counts for 3 courses (MGT 6300, MGT 6350 and one elective). Your cost is tuition for each of these courses and airfare to and from Europe. Students are responsible for arranging their own flights. Massey students should be back in the U.S. in time to enroll in the second 5-week summer session if desired. Anyone interested should contact Melissa.
Coordinated by faculty leadership from the Ecole de Management de Normandie.
August 6 - 14, 2016
This program will explore the economy, business environment, history and culture of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The itinerary will include company site visits, presentations from government officials responsible for driving innovation and economic growth in the country, and cultural excursions.
Buenos Aires is the capital and most important city in Argentina, as new businesses and creative talent have flourished. It is one of largest cities in the world, comprising over 12 million people in over 47 barrios (neighborhoods). With its wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and varied culture and nightlife, Buenos Aires is reminiscent of Paris or Barcelona. Tourism is booming, with visitors flocking to the elegant city, swaying to the melancholic sounds of tango, filling the fashionable restaurants and soaking up the local zest for life. The city is the financial and cultural center of the country and a vital port serving a large portion of the continent.
Like Buenos Aires, the country of Argentina is an eclectic mix of European and Latin culture. It is the birthplace of tango as well as home to millions of avid soccer or fútbol fans. Moreover, from an economic perspective, it is once again one of the most promising emerging markets in Latin America. After a decades-long struggle with political and economic forces, Argentina is regaining its former luster and opens the door to not only a rich cultural heritage but abundant natural and human resources. Argentine GDP reached $6,630 per capita in 2007, with investment increasing an estimated 14.4 percent for the year. Argentina continued to perform well in 2008, with full year real GDP growth projected at about 7 percent. The country benefits from rich natural resources, a highly educated population, a globally competitive agricultural sector, and a diversified industrial base.