Darden Courses Taught Around the World

  • Darden's three MBA formats include a variety of experiences for students to study in locations around the world. These academic opportunities in other countries help our students develop a rich global perspective and enhance their ability to lead in diverse settings.

    Types of Darden Courses Taught Around the World Full-Time MBA MBA for Executives Global MBA for Executives
     Global Business Experience  X  X  
     Global Consulting Project  X    
     Exchange Program  X    
     International Leadership Residency    X  
     International Residencies      X
     Global Leadership Explorations      X


    Global Business Experiences (GBEs)

    GBEs are one- to two-week courses led by Darden faculty outside the United States in March and May. Each GBE provides the opportunity to visit a different country and experience its business practices and cultures firsthand. Each course includes classes with practitioner presentations as well as onsite visits to companies, governmental agencies and cultural sites. Many GBEs include hands-on consulting with local businesses. Recently, GBEs have been held in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Both full-time MBAs and Executive MBAs are welcome on GBEs. Darden alumni are sometimes invited to join in these excursions.

    Global Consulting Projects 

    Global Consulting Projects are MBA elective courses that give small teams of full-time MBA students the opportunity to provide their consulting services to an international company or organization, while working closely with Darden faculty members. During the project, student teams visit the company or organization in order to conduct firsthand research related to the project or to present deliverables.


    Exchange Programs

    During their Second Year, Darden students have the opportunity to be a part of the exchange program at an international partner school for a semester or quarter. Darden also hosts Second Year exchange students from partner schools. These students add to our vibrant global community.

    International Leadership Residency

    As part of the core Executive MBA curriculum, all students spend one week abroad for a leadership residency on “Leading in an Emerging Economy.” Students engage with top leadership at companies and faculty at partner universities, and explore the challenges and opportunities for business leaders in emerging markets.

    International Residencies

    During the course of 21 months, Global Executive MBA students participate in six two-week residencies in China, Europe, India, Brazil and the United States.


    Global Leadership Explorations

    A major component of each term in the Global Executives MBA program is the inclusion of a series of courses called Global Leadership Explorations (GLEs). The field experiences and non-classroom activities are vital to learning about countries, cultures, norms and institutions. They bring life and deepen the academic learning that happens in the classroom.