Launched in the FEMBA and EMBA programs in 2008 and later expanded to the full-time MBA program in 2010, the Global Immersion Programs broaden the elective offerings available to students who have completed the first year of their core curriculum. These courses focus on doing business in other countries, exposing students to the economy, major industries and businesses, local culture, major historical events and the many aspects of conducting business relationships outside of the United States. As a result, students develop an educated world view and gain a true global perspective.
Since 2008, around 30 Global Immersion programs have been completed in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic/Hungary, France, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. These are four-unit electives that include pre-classes at UCLA Anderson followed by one week in-country for a blend of classroom lectures, and company site and cultural visits. UCLA Anderson partners with international business and management schools and organizations to develop these courses, all of which are taught in English. Each class is a combination of 40-50 fully employed, executive and full-time MBA students.
The Global Immersion Programs currently enable over 400 fully employed, executive and full-time MBA students to participate each year.
Examples of courses that have been offered during the past twelve months, include:
- Dubai, UAE and Jordan: Doing Business in the Middle East Professor George Abe
- France and Germany: The Business Environment in Europe - Focus on France and Germany with Professor Carla Hayn
- India (New Delhi and Mumbai): The Business Environment of India with Professor Romain Wacziarg
- South Africa: Economic Evaluation of Healthcare - Focus on South Africa with Professor Victor Tabbush
- Thailand: Global Leadership Perspectives - Leading and Doing Business in Thailand with Professor Bob McCann
- China: China in the Global Economy with Professor Phil Leslie
- Japan: Business Environment and Opportunities in Japan with Professor Mariko Sakakibara
- Peru: Economic Environment and Business Opportunities in Peru with Professor Sebastian Edwards