Brazil Residency

  • Brazil Residency Sao PauloThe Term 2 Global MBA for Executives residency is set in Brazil. Seven days are spent in the heart of the business center of Sao Paulo and seven days are spent in the cultural and natural resource center of Rio de Janeiro.


    During Term 2, the following courses are taught by Darden faculty utilizing this term’s focus on key local and multinational companies, current economic issues and culture for framing the conduct of global business.

    • Accounting for Managers
    • Financial Management and Policies
    • Global Economies and Markets
    • Global Leadership Explorations
    • Leading Organizations

    A typical residency day includes three case method classes (some of which are taught by multiple faculty during a single class session — watch this Darden Team Teaching video to learn more) and learning team meetings in the evening. Throughout the residency, you will also participate in global leadership exploration engagements (examples outlined below) that are closely linked to your coursework.

    Residency Highlights

    Please note the following activities are a sample of the residency engagements and are subject to change each year.


    • INSPER professor speaks on conducting business in Brazil and its historical and current cultural context.
    • Executive vice president of Cosan visits a GEMBA class to discuss energy resources in Brazil and more specifically the sugar-market-sourced bioethanol that is a competitor to fossil fuels.
    • The Ambassador and Director of Institutional Relations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee speaks about preparations for the upcoming Olympics.
    • CFO of AES Eletropaulo speaks about the challenges and opportunities in providing electricity in a megalopolis such as Sao Paulo.
    • Partner of Vinci Partners guides an understanding of the nuances of private equity in Brazil and discusses the opportunities for investment in Brazilian companies.

    Company Visits

    • Following a related accounting case study on leasing, students visit Embraer — the most successful global regional jet airframe manufacturer, based in Brazil — for a plant tour and discussion with a director-level executive about the competitive global aerospace market and the strain between new cutting-edge engineering and more cost-effective traditional methods.
    • Visit General Motors do Brasil Ltda. (Sao Jose dos Campos Plant), the largest subsidiary of General Motors in South America and the second largest operation outside of the U.S. The Plant Manager hosts a Q&A and we tour the manufacturing plant in operation as well as visit the full site facilities.
    • Petrobras World Headquarters hosts the Darden GEMBA class for a visit with executives about progress in the oil and gas industry as well as efforts surrounding environmental sustainability.

    Other Engagements

    • Brazil Residency MountainStudents visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor) on Corcovado Mountain for a team building leadership development exercise.
    • Students investigate Carnival by visiting the Sambadrome — the site of the annual two-week event for which all business in Rio and much of Brazil stops — and learning about Carnival's large economic impact. The visit includes a lesson in Samba dancing by world-renowned choreographer and dance instructor, Jaime Aroxa.

    Student Testimonials

    Two Global Executive MBA Class of 2014 students talk about their experiences during the Brazil residency:

    Accommodations in Brazil

    Sao Paulo: Intercontinental Hotel Sao Paulo

    Rio de Janeiro: JW Marriott Copacabana