This Global Immersion Elective (GIE) will inform your global business knowledge, expose you to issues of leadership and allow you to gain international project-based experience—as a member of a cross-cultural team—through immersion in Budapest.
You’ll work with a team of Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program students and undergraduate business students from Corvinus University to solve an actual business problem for a Hungarian firm, gaining valuable international project experience and translating your classroom work into real-world practice.
The immersion consists of classes and virtual teamwork with your Corvinus teammates, and cultural experiences shared between UNC Kenan-Flagler and Corvinus students, before traveling to Hungary in March. Additionally, you will consult with a company on project work, present findings to that company during the in-country portion of the program.
Hungary offers students a fascinating look at countries still transitioning economically, socially, and politically from a post-war communist state to a democratic free market. Budapest is the hub city of Hungary’s business and economy—accounting for 39% of the national income. It is one of the largest regional economies in the European Union and among the top 100 GDP-performing cities in the world according to GlobalTenders.com.
On this program, you will have the opportunity to develop high-demand skills such as working in diverse environments, cross-cultural teaming, virtual teamwork, and adaptability, as well as project-based experience in a real international business context. Each activity is designed to inform the project work directly or indirectly.
Dr. Michael Meredith, Management & Corporate Communication Clinical Associate Professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler, will lead this immersion.
“This is the best time to sign up for this type of GIE. Regardless of what industry you are targeting, odds are you will be working with a virtual team to solve similar problems you encounter on the GIE. This is a great no-pressure way to have hands-on experience with owning a recommendation. Finally, this particular GIE is a standout as you walk away with real connections (not just introductions or tours) across the world and a real client experience for your resume.” – Marek Garcia. Operations Transformation Associate at Grant Thornton LLP, 2018 Hungary GIE participant