The global learning experience, a required component of the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program, provides you with direct experience in international business through the lens of the global business climate. By engaging in applied global learning with your cohort, you become more confident and knowledgeable about conducting work abroad.

The highlight of the global learning experience is a 10-day, international trip conducted in spring of the second year. Through in-country site visits with senior leaders of multinational and domestic businesses, trade groups, and government ministries, students become familiar with the complexities and opportunities of doing business in the host country.

A Focus on Global Preparedness

In today’s global economy, leaders should be prepared to conduct business internationally. Global business topics are fully integrated into the curriculum and considered in many courses, including a course designed to equip students for an informative international trip.

In pre-departure classes, students collaborate with their teams to research and analyze companies and industries for the in-country site visits. Upon return, classroom briefings leverage the in-country trip by exploring, as a group, what has been learned from the experience.

Each cohort has a distinctive, shared global learning experience. Traveling as a group provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the economic, political, and cultural challenges of operating in a global business environment.

For additional details about the global learning experience, please refer to the Program FAQs.

Past global learning experiences have taken Wisconsin Executive MBA students to the following countries:

  • Brazil
  • China (pictured above)
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Chuck Johnson

“While we were in Brazil, I gained exposure to some of the influential people in the veterinary industry. I discovered that there are unique opportunities to take some of what our consulting company has done in the U.S. and offer that in Brazil; the networks that I met in South America are very eager for it. These international experiences have changed the way I look at my next 15 years of work. I can now see that I am going to be transitioning away from the clinical practice to do more management, education, and business development, which will help our industry in the long run.”

—Chuck Johnson
Co-Founder, Oculus
Manager, Equine Technical Services