In a Global Immersion Elective (GIE), you’ll study a world culture and economy for academic credit by analyzing current business issues and learning how business is conducted abroad. UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty teach classes in Chapel Hill that culminate in an intensive immersion in the country of focus.
GIEs cultivate an understanding of the global business and cultural environment, exploring the opportunities and challenges faced by business leaders around the world. You’ll meet with business leaders, engage in unique cultural experiences, interact with local communities and develop key global competencies.
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.
UNC Kenan-Flagler has offered GIEs since 1993. During this time, students have studied – and networked – in over 85 countries, which include some of the world’s most dynamic economies. Get insight into some of the recent opportunities our students have had to examine innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy and sustainability around the world.
To participate in a GIE, you’ll apply through a competitive application process.
Prior to traveling, you’ll take courses that cover the history, culture and socioeconomic environment of the region, cultural communication skills, and an in-depth look at the companies that you’ll visit. You’ll also assess, develop and establish goals related to your personal cultural competency.
The course culminates in a 10- to 14-day intensive curated experience of the region. The immersion includes unique cultural experiences, community activities and meetings with business leaders. You will receive three hours of elective credit for participation in a GIE.
For more information on GIEs, contact Valerie Slate, director of MBA global programs, at Valerie_Slate@kenan-flagler.unc.edu or 919-962-5088.