Global Immersion Courses

The courses concentrated on the school’s target regions of Asia and Latin America provide many memorable learning experiences and expose students to the country's economy, political environment, major industries and businesses, local culture, key historical events, and the many aspects of conducting business outside the United States.

UCLA Anderson CGM

The global immersion courses originated in 2008 in the FEMBA program and have since expanded to include students across the full-time, EMBA and UCLA-NUS EMBA programs. The courses, managed through the Center for Global Management, enhance the portfolio of global offerings to students across all four MBA programs.  Since inception, more than 2,450 students and alumni have participated in global immersion courses and more than 20 UCLA Anderson faculty members have taught the courses, which continue to grow in popularity.  These four-unit electives span two quarters and, while some courses primarily focus on doing business in other countries, others resolve around a central theme. The courses expose students to the country's 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 on campus classes, later followed by one week in-country for a blend of guest speakers, fireside chats, panel discussions, company and startup 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, and they gain many memorable experiences. Alumni are invited to join on a space-available basis.


Since 2008, 62 courses have taken place, providing opportunities for students to visit 31 countries, including: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. 


The global immersion and international exchange courses enable as many as 300+ FEMBA, EMBA, UCLA-NUS EMBA and full-time MBA students to participate in study abroad programs each year.


Examples of courses that have been offered during 2017-18, include:

Brazil
“Risks and Rewards in Emerging Markets: Lessons from Brazil”
with Ed Leamer, Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management
China
“Business in an Ever-Evolving China: From Emerging Economy to Global Power”
with Eric Sussman, Adjunct Professor of Accounting, Finance and Real Estate
India
“The Business Environment of India”
with Romain Wacziarg, Hans Hufschmid Chair in Management and Professor of Economics
Israel
“Startup Nation: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability”
with Stuart Gabriel, Arden Realty Chair and Professor of Finance
Peru
“The Economic Environment and Business Opportunities in Peru”
with Andres Terech, Adjunct Associate Professor of Marketing
South Korea
“Business Opportunities and Risks Competing with Government-Supported Monopolies"
with Jerry Nickelsburg, Adjunct Full Professor of Economics and Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast
South Africa
“Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in South Africa”
with Gayle Northrop ('96), Lecturer of Social Entrepreneurship
Sweden and Finland
“Entrepreneurship and Corporate Renewal in Scandinavia”
with George Abe, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship

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