Global Business Experiences are one- to two-week courses outside the United States that focus on business issues. The courses are typically offered in March during Spring Break, as well as in May. Each section offered under the Global Business Experience heading provides the opportunity for students to visit a different country and experience business practices and cultures other than those of their native countries. Both First Year students and Second Year students may participate.* They receive 1.5 credits toward the total elective credits required for graduation.
Based on a unifying theme, each course includes structured classes and practitioner presentations as well as visits to companies, governmental agencies and important cultural sites. Each Global Business Experience course gives students a better perspective on the countries visited and, through comparison, on their countries of origin. All GBEs share a common set of academic objectives: to increase students’ awareness and understanding of the differences in cultures and business practices and to increase students’ familiarity with current economic, political and cultural issues in countries and regions outside the United States.
Grades for each GBE are based on class participation and a final project.
Elements of the course grade:
*GBEs offered in March are open to both First Year and Second Year students. GBEs offered in May are open to First Year students only.