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Global Opportunities

MBA Global Opportunities

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."

Mark Mathews Class of 2019, Israel & UAE GIE 2018

Global Immersion Electives

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."

Kate Lohmeyer Class of 2019, Southeast Asia GIE 2018

Exchange Programs

UNC Kenan-Flagler is a member of the PIM Consortium (Partnership in International Management), which unites top schools around the world to offer graduate programs of the highest quality. UNC Kenan-Flagler also has exchange programs with many other leading global business schools. This enriches the range of global programs we offer you as an MBA.

  • Study at another top-ranked business school abroad at no added cost.
  • Choose from more than 50 top-ranked business schools in Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.

Live and study abroad to gain both career and personal experience.

Doing Business In

Doing Business In (DBI) and short elective courses give you an opportunity to study abroad and explore another culture. Courses are typically one or two weeks long and include class sessions and cultural visits (for DBI), or just class sessions at one of our MBA exchange partner schools.

Destinations include: Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel, Germany, Austria, France and others.

Visiting Exchange Students

UNC Kenan-Flagler welcomes about 90 visiting exchange students every year. Students who have been selected and nominated by their home university can find more information about UNC Kenan-Flagler and Chapel Hill, NC through the MBA Exchange at UNC Kenan-Flagler website.

MBA Partner Schools