Global Learning

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MBA - Experiential Learning Opportunities - Global Learning

Global Learning Opportunities

Strengthen your understanding of international business and gain real-world experience abroad through the following opportunities.

Dean Scott C. Beardsley is a firm believer that business today is global — and so is Darden. The Darden School connects with over 80 countries each year through a variety of avenues, and all students are expected to have a global experience during their time at Darden. Strengthen your understanding of international business and gain real-world experience abroad through the following opportunities.

Types of Darden Courses Taught Around the World Full-Time MBA Executive MBA Formats
Darden Worldwide Course
Global Consulting Project
 Exchange Program  
 International Residencies   ✔*
Global Leadership Explorations  


*Executive MBA Format students have the choice of 1 or all of the international residencies.

Starting with the class arriving in August 2018, every student in the full-time MBA program may take one Darden Worldwide Course and receive a scholarship covering all or most of the program fee.

Darden Worldwide Courses

Darden Worldwide Courses include global immersion courses, global consulting projects and global topic courses. Several Darden Worldwide courses include hands-on consulting with local businesses. Recently, these courses have been held in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, Japan, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. Darden alumni are sometimes invited to join in these excursions.  

Global Immersion Courses

Global immersion courses are one- to two-week courses led by Darden faculty outside the United States in January, March and May. Each course 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. 

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.

Global Topic Courses

Dive deeply into a business topic that is enhanced and best understood in a particular global setting.

Kaizen Projects

 A small team of Darden students will travel to a global location for a one-week, on-site experience to improve specific issues related to manufacturing, sales, marketing or R&D.

Exchange Programs

During their Second Year, Darden's full-time MBA 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 Residencies

Executive MBA students complete at least one week-long global residency as part of their program. Global Executive MBA students complete four week-long global residencies. During these residencies executive format students engage with top leadership at companies, faculty and partner universities and explore the challenges and opportunities for business leaders in emerging markets. 

Global Leadership Explorations

A major component of each executive format international residency 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.

Batten Scholarship Global

Darden Worldwide Scholarship Program

The Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarship program gives every full-time MBA student a scholarship to cover the program fee for their first Darden Worldwide Course.

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