UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Global Immersion Electives


A Global Immersion Elective (GIE) is an opportunity to engage in a short-term exploration of a world 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 which culminate in an intensive immersion in the countries of focus.

A GIE may place a secondary focus on a specific industry or functional area. MBA students receive three hours of elective credit for participation in a GIE.

The History of Global Immersion Electives

UNC Kenan-Flagler has offered GIEs since 1993. Since that time, students have studied and networked on GIEs in over 85 countries. The 2018 GIEs will visit:

  • Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia
  • South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe
  • Israel and UAE
  • Peru and Chile

View a sample itinerary from our Israel and Rwanda Global Immersion Elective.

Learning Objectives

The GIEs take students beyond general awareness of international business issues. We do this by cultivating an understanding of global management issues. GIEs offer on-site opportunities to observe what they have learned. Immersion electives cultivate these components of global competency:

  • Empathy to understand issues from a different perspective
  • Deeper knowledge of a region and its people
  • Cross-cultural communication skills to work effectively in a different culture

Program Structure

Participants are accepted after a competitive application process. Courses taught in the months prior to international departure include historical and cultural overviews of the target region. They also include an in-depth look at companies that will be visited during the trip. The course culminates in a 10-14 day tour of the region. The immersion includes company visits and cultural tours led by the professor and a staff lead.

Please contact Valerie D. Slate, Senior Associate Director, MBA Global Programs with any inquiries about the MBA GIEs.


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