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Global Experiences

How can you change the world if you don’t understand it? Participating in a Global Experience is a requirement — and a highlight — of the Stanford MBA Program. Gain a rich perspective of global management issues, and experience life-changing insights, as you take part in these exciting global opportunities.

Global Management Immersion Experience (GMIX)

GMIX provides you an immersive way to understand the culture, business environment, and social norms of a country that is new to you. You’ll spend at least four weeks during the summer working on projects for a sponsoring organization in an industry such as consumer products, international development, energy, finance, health care, media and entertainment, technology, and telecommunications. You can apply for projects the school sources or develop a GMIX focused on your specific interests.

Global Seminars

Faculty-led Global Seminars provide small group learning experiences for incoming students prior to the start of the MBA Program. You will develop an in-depth understanding of a global-business topic through an online learning community where you will participate in preparatory discussions about readings and video lectures relevant to the seminar’s topic. Then, you’ll spend eight to 10 days in the seminar location gaining first-hand knowledge about the seminar topic from faculty, meetings with industry leaders and government officials, and other stakeholders.

Recent global seminars explored economic mobility in Brazil and consumer behavior in South Korea.

Global Study Trips

Spend eight to 10 days in an intensive group-learning experience led by student leaders. Through Global Study Trips, you will gain the skills to critically examine a challenging global issue by meeting a variety of stakeholders (CEOs, small business owners, young professionals, government officials and entrepreneurs) to understand their wide range of perspectives. Global Study Trips foster a unique learning community of 20 to 30 students and a faculty member through formal and informal learning, including pre-trip meetings, on-the-ground activities, and discussions and reflection before, during, and after the trip.

Recent Global Study Trips have explored the role of sports in economic development (UK, Greece, and Switzerland), value creation in resource-constrained economies (Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau), and movement in the global value chain (Ghana and Togo).

Self-Directed Experiences

Do you want to create your own global internship or develop an independent study course with a Stanford GSB faculty? We provide the support you need to create an individualized Global Experience that fulfills your academic and career goals.

Stanford-Tsinghua Exchange Program (STEP)

This exchange program between Stanford GSB and the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management will help you develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of doing business in China as well as China’s role in the global economy.

During STEP, you’ll enroll in a Stanford GSB course and collaborate with MBA students from Tsinghua on academic projects of mutual interest. You’ll also spend nine days in Beijing participating in a variety of academic, business, and cultural activities. Then, you’ll host Tsinghua students when they visit Stanford GSB for a reciprocal experience.

Last Updated 20 Jul 2016