Concentrating on the school’s target regions of Asia and Latin America, the Center for Global Management offers four-unit global immersion elective courses designed to expose students to a country’s economy, political environment, major industries and businesses, start-up communities, local culture, key historical events and the many aspects of conducting business outside the United States. These courses, taught by UCLA Anderson faculty, are designed for students across all four MBA programs. Typically, these courses include a travel component (and an associated program fee), however during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual offerings have also been made available.
Courses with a travel component include four on-campus (or virtual) classes and one intensive, immersive week in-country for a blend of guest speakers (business executives, policy makers, opinion leaders and entrepreneurs), fireside chats, panel discussions, company and startup visits, cultural activities and networking with alumni. For virtual offerings, guest speakers, virtual experiential and live interactive sessions complement the faculty teaching sessions to provide students with a unique, learning-orientated experience.
The Center for Global Management’s global immersion and international exchange courses typically enable more than 300 FEMBA, EMBA, UCLA-NUS EMBA and full-time MBA students to travel and study abroad each year. Virtual course alternatives are also available when travel is restricted.