Global experiences are a cornerstone of the MBA program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Among the academic opportunities for students interested in international business are summer language workshops, graduate certificates in global business achievement and the student-run Global Business Society.
During the second year of the program, international options become substantially more hands-on. Through the Global Business and Social Enterprise Program (GLOBASE), students work directly with entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in India, Latin America and Africa. Student-directed teams meet with their clients on campus, spend seven weeks preparing for their trips abroad and head overseas for two-week posts in each client’s home country, gaining in-depth business experience and presenting their own solutions to emerging business issues.
A second program, the Emerging Markets Experience, likewise features a student-directed overseas trip, and this one is open to both first- and second-year students. Kelley’s international programs are fairly unique in that, while the EME does have some faculty input, both international experiences are largely student-led, allowing MBA candidates to explore their own ideas and put them into practice in world markets.