Global Study Trips

GSB students outside Shanghai Stock Exchange

Student-initiated Global Study Trips complement the classroom experience by offering students the opportunity to interact with global leaders from around the world. In preparation for the trip, students host speakers on topics such as macroeconomic policy and political history and facilitate discussions on culture and business etiquette. Upon returning to campus, students complete a report and share their experiences and key takeaways with the business school community.

Background

Since the program’s inception at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) in 1990, the GSB has supported student-initiated and student-led Global Study Trips worldwide. In its 20 year history, the Global Study Trips program has delivered over 138 trips to over 55 different countries. Averaging three to seven trips per year from 1990-2007, the Global Study Trips program expanded dramatically in 2007-2008 supporting over 450 students on 16 trips. The program is proud to currently continue this scale of distinguished global learning at the GSB.

Learning Opportunities

  • Students develop meaningful, on-the-ground perspective of the business, political, and social climates within the countries/regions visited, broadening their global perspectives.
  • Participants enhance their understanding of the culture, social norms, and business practices of the countries/region visited, furthering students' capacities to manage in a global business environment.

Program Components

  • Approximately 30 students and a faculty advisor explore business and society in a specific country or region through business meetings and cultural activities.
  • In preparation for the trip, students host speakers on topics such as macroeconomic policy and political history and facilitate discussions on history, culture and business etiquette.
  • Trips may embrace a particular theme, such as entrepreneurship or income disparity, to leverage learning throughout the in-country experience.
  • Students complete a report and share their experiences and key takeaways with the GSB Community upon returning to campus.