International Trips

International Business Study Abroad (MGT 6350) Requirement

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. 


Proposed trips are subject to change. Final decisions regarding trips will be determined by individual interest.  Upcoming trips may include:



2016 Destinations

 


Delhi, India

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.

 

Table Mountain South Africa

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.

 

Berlin, Germany Prague, Czech Republic

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.  



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Warsaw, Poland Barcelona

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.

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

2017 Destinations

Dublin, IrelandLondon, UK

March 4 - 12, 2017

Despite being roughly a thousand years old, Dublin is a bustling, modern city. The cobblestoned streets and gracious squares of Georgian Dublin still echo with history—but the high-tech boom of the past decade has radically changed the face of the city, particularly in the new Docklands area. Today, Dublin is a cosmopolitan hub filled with excellent restaurants, world-class theaters, and raucous nightlife—and, of course, storied old pubs, where you can encounter funny, gregarious locals in their natural habitat.

This trip will explore more than just Dublin’s ceol agus craic (music and fun). Ireland has a small highly globalized economy, with a large exporting sector, and a significant number of multinational corporations, and we will visit a variety of organizations. We will examine the efforts of the Irish political leaders to cultivate a strong economy that has its base in technology. Then we will evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy by visiting various companies that depend on technology. Past corporate visits have included: Irish Express, Dell Computers, Bank of Ireland, Guinness, Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals and Deloitte and Touche.

Toward the end of the week, plans are to visit the United Kingdom, with the majority of time spent focusing on Britain’s entertainment industry. Visits are expected to be tied to the impact of the “British Invasion” on the global music industry. Potential destination organizations include Abbey Road Studios, the Cavern Club, and Apple Records, Inc. Accompanying travelers on this trip will be Mr. Larry Stessel, managing partner of Revolver Marketing Group and former senior vice president for three major record labels (Epic/Sony, Mercury/Universal, and EMI).

Seoul, South Korea

May 6 - 14, 2017

This program will explore the economy, business environment, history and culture of Seoul, South Korea. The itinerary will include company site visits, presentations from government officials responsible for driving innovation and economic growth in the country, cultural excursions, and possibly a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

With more than 10 million people, Seoul is South Korea's capital and largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world. Seoul represents the country's center for business, education and modern culture. Seoul’s past and present coexist in a fascinating way: centuries-old palaces, city gates, shrines, gardens and priceless art collections attest to the city's illustrious past, while the glistening facades of soaring skyscrapers and the bustling traffic represent its vibrant present. The old city is encircled by four inner mountains and four outer mountains. Each mountain has a unique beauty of its own while boasting natural scenic landscapes and spectacular views overlooking the city of Seoul. Of course, Korean cuisine is also a must during a trip to the peninsula, either at a modern or traditional restaurant.

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, South Korea has become a modern democracy. Once known to be one of the world's poorest agrarian societies with per capita GNI of only $87 in 1962, the country has made an incredible economic transformation in less than four decades. An outward-oriented economic development strategy, which used exports as the engine of growth, contributed greatly to the radical economic transformation of Korea. Today GNI stands at over $20,000 per capita making it one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

Shanghai, China

May 6 - 14, 2017 (HCMBA only)

Situated on China's east coast, Shanghai is the country's biggest and busiest port and arguably its most important industrial and commercial center. Its 20 million people are known for their business acumen, quick wit and sophistication, and the city is often believed to be China's most fashionable and international, boasting the best shopping and nightlife. In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the Western and Eastern. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.

 

The city has attracted hundreds of foreign companies in recent years, including the Asia-Pacific headquarters of General Motors, McDonald's, and FedEx. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, large-scale retailers, and high-profile chefs are all flocking to the Pearl of the Orient, giving the city an effervescence that it hasn't felt since the decadent 1930s. Back then, the city's central park, People's Square, was a racetrack. Now a new band of gamblers have arrived, hoping they've backed the right horse and looking to join China's merry band of 320,000 millionaires.

South Africa

May 6 - 21, 2017 (AMBA only)

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.

BelgiumParis

WarsawBarcelona

Go for Europe (Four countries)
June - July, 2017

The Go for 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.

Lima, Peru

August 12 - 20, 2017

For more than a decade, Peru has been a rising star of emerging economies, with fast growth, an expanding middle class, and declining public debt. It has been widely viewed as one of the most credit worthy states in Latin America. Founded in 1535 by the Spaniards, Lima, Peru's capital city, has approximately eight million inhabitants and accounts for 70% of the country's GDP. The city continues to grow into one of the largest financial centers in Latin America, drawing more and more international companies to set up shop in its business district. During this trip, we will visit both for-profit companies and social entrepreneurship ventures in and around Lima.

Lima is not only a business city. It is also rich in history and culture, with civilization that dates back millennia. Stately museums display sublime pottery; galleries debut edgy art; solemn religious processions recall the 18th century and crowded nightclubs dispense tropical beats. In recent years, the city has been building its reputation as a city for foodies. Lima is home to everything
from Michelin-starred restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cevicherias that will continue to draw in foodies from around the world. In fact, Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Awards recently listed eight Lima restaurants on the prestigious list.

 

Past Destinations

A Week in the Life