The global immersion courses originated in 2008 n the FEMBA program and have since expanded to include students in the Full-time, Executive and Global Executive MBA programs. The courses, now managed through the Center for Global Management, enhance the portfolio of global offerings to students across all MBA programs. Since inception, approximately 2,000 students and alumni have participated in global immersion courses and over 20 different UCLA Anderson faculty members have taught the courses, which continue to grow in popularity. These four-unit elective courses, taught by UCLA Anderson faculty, span two quarters and focus on doing business in other countries. The courses expose students to the economy, political environment, major industries and businesses, local culture, key historical events and the many aspects of conducting business outside the United States. Courses include three classes on campus, later followed by one week in-country for a blend of classroom lectures, guest speakers, panel discussions, company visits, cultural activities and networking with alumni. Each courses is a mix of approximately 40 students across degree programs. The courses provide a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and network, not just within sections and class years of their own degree program, but also among the different degree programs. Alumni are invited to join on a space-available basis.
Since 2008, 52 programs have taken place, providing opportunities for students to visit 27 countries, including: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
The global immersion courses and international exchange program enable up to 400 Full-time, Fully Employed, Executive and Global Executive MBA students to participate in study abroad programs each year.
Examples of courses that have been offered during the 2015-16 academic year,include: