Global Immersion Courses

The courses concentrated on the school’s target regions of Asia and Latin America provide many memorable learning and networking experiences and expose students to the 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.

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 2,700 students and alumni have participated in global immersion courses and more than 25 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 revolve around a central theme. The courses expose students to the 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. 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, providing students a wonderful opportunity to network among the different degree programs, and they gain many memorable experiences. Alumni are invited to join on a space-available basis.


Since 2008, 69 courses have provided opportunities for students to visit 31 countries, including: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, the 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 more than 300 FEMBA, EMBA, UCLA-NUS EMBA and full-time MBA students to travel and study abroad each year.


Examples of courses that have been offered during 2018-19, include:

Austria and Czech Republic
“Doing Business in Central Europe”
with Robert Zeithammer, associate professor of marketing
Chile
“Business Opportunities in Chile under a New Market-Friendly Government”
with Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management
Shenzhen and Hong Kong
“A Technology-Driven Transformation of Society, Enterprises and Consumers”
with Terry Kramer, adjunct professor of technology management
Colombia
“The Transformation of Colombia and Its Economy”
with Gonzalo Freixes, adjunct professor of accounting and associate dean, FEMBA and EMBA programs
Japan
“The Business Environment and Opportunities in Japan”
with Mariko Sakakibara, professor of policy
Peru
“Transformation of the Peruvian Economy and Business Opportunities”
with Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management
South Africa
“Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in South Africa”
with Gayle Northrop ('96), lecturer of social entrepreneurship
Vietnam
“Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Focus on Vietnam”
with George Abe (B.A. '69, M.S. '71), lecturer of entrepreneurship

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