The world of business is global, so understanding and being able to operate effectively in an international context is critical for your success. Experiential global opportunities give you the chance to practice and develop your global business competencies in real-world contexts. These programs are a critical component of the Global Education Initiative.
"The Israel and UAE GIE was the apex of my first year at UNC Kenan-Flagler. The subjects we studied throughout the year came to life in some very unique applications. Additionally, the experience challenged personal views and caused me to refocus my career goals. Above all else, the friendships I developed with my classmates and faculty made the experience truly unforgettable."
A Global Immersion Elective (GIE) gives you an opportunity to study a world culture and economy for academic credit. Each GIE combines timely business issues with discussions on how to do business abroad. GIEs highlight some of the most dynamic economies in the world. UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty teach on-campus classes that culminate in an intensive immersion in the countries of focus.
Some GIEs place a secondary focus on a specific industry or functional area, such as Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Real Estate, Sustainability and Social Enterprise, and Innovation. MBA students receive three hours of elective credit for participation in a GIE.
UNC Kenan-Flagler has offered GIEs since 1993. Since that time, students have studied and networked on GIEs in over 85 countries.
"Travelling on a GIE to Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore has been my favorite part of the MBA experience by a long shot. I never would have thought business school could lead to biking through alleys in Bangkok or riding on rickshaws in the Mekong Delta. The GIE gave me an intuitive understanding of a region I might not have visited otherwise and completely upended my understanding of strategy and entrepreneurship in developing countries. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with dozens of founders, CEOs, investors, and government officials in these markets, and to explore a new part of the world with my classmates."