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 4 - 12, 2017
Despite being roughly a thousand years old, Dublin is a bustling, modern city. The cobblestone 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 cervicherias 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.