Launched in the Fully Employed and Executive MBA programs in 2008 and later expanded to the Full-time MBA program in 2010, the Global Immersion Programs that now reside with the Center for Global Management, under the direction of Professor Carla Hayn broaden the elective offerings available to students. These four-unit elective courses, predominantly taught by UCLA Anderson faculty, focus on doing business in other countries. Students are exposed to the economy, major industries and businesses, local culture, key historical events and the many aspects of conducting business outside the United States. They include 3 to 4 classes on campus followed by one week in-country for a blend of classroom lectures, company visits and cultural activities. Each class is a mix of 40 to 50 Fully Employed, Executive and Full-time MBA students.
Since their introduction in 2008, 35 programs have taken place, providing opportunities for students to visit Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Hungary and the Czech Republic, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan, and Vietnam.
The Global Immersion Programs and International Exchange offerings enable more than 400 Fully Employed, Executive and Full-time MBA students to participate in study abroad programs each year.
Examples of courses that have been offered during the past twelve months, include:
- Czech Republic and Hungary: "Marketing Strategy & Planning - Focus on Central & Eastern Europe" with Mike Hanssens, Bud Knapp Professor of Marketing
- France: "European Business - Between Tradition and Innovation" with Gonzalo Freixes, Associate Dean
- Chile: "The Economic Environment and Business Opportunities in Chile" with Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management
- Malaysia and Singapore: "Understanding International Business - At the Confluence of Western, Chinese and Islamic Economies" with Jerry Nickelsburg, Adjunct Full Professor, Senior Economist
- Brazil: "Doing Business in Brazil" with Leonardo Bursztyn, Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management
- Israel: "Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Macroeconomic Management, and Sustainable Development" with Stuart Gabriel, Arden Realty Chair, Professor of Finance
- Hong Kong: "Doing Business in Hong Kong" with Carla Hayn, Professor of Accounting and Gonzalo Freixes, Associate Dean
- Argentina: "Doing Business in Argentina" with Andres Terech, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marketing
- South Africa: "Economic Evaluation in Healthcare - Focus on South Africa" with Victor Tabbush, Adjunct Professor Emeritus