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Learning Abroad in Business

Learning Abroad in Business

The Carlson School of Management believes that firsthand international experience in new countries, cultures, and business environments is essential to providing a comprehensive business education. That’s why Carlson introduced an international experience requirement for all undergraduates:

  • to instill motivation to become more globally competent;
  • to encourage mutual understanding, communication, and collaboration with colleagues and students abroad; and
  • to support your development as an authentic global business leader.

“Beyond gaining a broader perspective about their discipline, employers know the study abroad experience helps students gain maturity, independence, self-confidence, and cultural sensitivity, characteristics essential for success in nearly every field.”
—Mary Kosir
Assistant Dean, Carlson School of Management Undergraduate program

 

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Carlson School before beginning your study abroad research.

Steps to Studying Abroad

It's never too early to start planning for your education abroad experience. The Carlson Global Institute has a team of advisers available to discuss your international education options.

  1. Complete the online International Experience 101 Overview modules. The modules provide an overview of the international experience requirement and useful information about choosing and financing a program that is right for you.
  2. Research Carlson program options and Learning Abroad Center program options. Review eligibility requirements, academics, locations, program features, and costs.
  3. Complete an online profile and contact the Carlson Global Institute to schedule an appointment, or simply stop in during walk-in advising hours. You may also wish to complete the Goal Setting Worksheet, and bring it when meeting with your adviser.
  4. Consult with your Carlson academic adviser. Discuss the completion of your other academic requirements, the timing of your international experience, and the type of coursework to take abroad so your experience abroad is integrated into your overall academic plan.
  5. Schedule a financial aid preview meeting with the Office of Student Finance by calling OneStop at 612.624.1111.
  6. Apply online for your chosen program and scholarships!

Selecting a Study Abroad Program

The process of selecting a study abroad program is similar to selecting your major or minor.  Your chosen study abroad experience should reflect your goals and interests and integrate with your academic and career plans. Begin at least 6 months in advance of your study abroad. It is never too early to start planning. With proper planning, study abroad can help you complete your Carlson degree requirements and prepare for your professional life in the context of today’s global economy.

Unique Options Available through the Carlson Global Institute

The Carlson School offers Global Enrichment and Global Immersion programs, as well as options offered in partnership with the Learning Abroad Center.

Global Enrichment

Global Immersion

Options by Class Standing

Freshman/Sophomore Years

Junior/Senior Years

Programs

These Carlson and LAC programs have been identified as programs that tend to work well for Carlson students. Many of the programs allow you to take classes in your major while abroad. Consult with your academic adviser to confirm. The list is not prescriptive. You can also work with Carlson to choose another study abroad program that better fits your needs.

Africa and the Middle East

Israel

Management of Technology in the Middle East

  • Spring Term B + May Session
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program offered in cooperation with the College of Science and Engineering

University Study in Israel: Hebrew University Jerusalem

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester or Summer Session
  • Study in Jerusalem, a city sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Business coursework available

Kenya

MSID – International Development in Kenya

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Cultivate awareness and appreciation for development issues through engagement with diverse communities
  • Study small business development through a non-profit internship placement

Senegal

MSID – International Development in Senegal

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Cultivate awareness and appreciation for development issues through engagement with diverse communities
  • Study small business development through a non-profit internship placement

South Africa

University of Cape Town 

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester or Academic Year
  • Study at one of the top universities in Africa in the dynamic city of Cape Town
  • Business coursework available

IBUS 4080: Life Science Technologies in South Africa – An International Business Perspective

  • Fall Term B + Winter Break
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Learn about healthcare and technology in the business context of South Africa

Americas

Argentina

Accounting 3001: Managerial Accounting an International Perspective

  • Fall Term B + Winter Break
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Fulfill the Core Accounting Course and gain an international perspective on operating and strategic decision-making

Brazil

Management 4050: Managing Innovation and Change – Sustainability in Brazil

  • Fall Term B + Winter Break
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Visit organizations that have innovated in the areas of alternative energy and environmental sustainability

Business Exchange in Brazil: Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Attend a prestigious university in Brazil

Ecuador

MSID – International Development in Ecuador

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Cultivate awareness and appreciation for development issues through engagement with diverse communities
  • Spring semester micro-finance track and internship

Mexico

Study Abroad in Mexico

  • Fall or Spring Semester, Winter Break, May Session, or Summer Session
  • Intensive Spanish coursework in Cuernavaca
  • Improve your Spanish speaking, writing, listening and reading skills

Venezuela

Study Abroad in Venezuela

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Introductory, Intermediate, and Business Spanish
  • International Business coursework available

Asia and Oceania

Australia

HRIR 3021: Human Resource Management – An International Perspective

  • Spring Term B + May Session
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Fulfill a core course and learn about human resources from an Australian perspective

Business Exchange in Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester
  • Take a variety of courses from the business faculty

Study and Internships in Sydney

  • Fall or Spring Semester or Summer Session
  • Experience the dynamic city of Sydney through a professional internship and courses that deepen your understanding of Australian culture

China

Management 3010: An Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship

  • Spring Term B + May Session
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Spend a week in Shanghai and a week in Beijing learning about entrepreneurship and enjoying cultural excursions

Business Exchange in China: Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester
  • Attend a top Chinese university in the dynamic city of Beijing

Business Exchange in China:  Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester
  • Study at HKUST with state-of-the-art technology incorporated into research and instruction

The Carlson Freshman Semester Abroad in Shanghai, China

  • Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester
  • Language and pre-business coursework for  first year students only

India
IDSC 3001: Information Systems for Business Process Management

  • Fall Term B + Winter Break
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Fulfill the IDSC 3001 core requirement in Delhi and Hyderabad

MSID – International Development in India

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Cultivate awareness and appreciation for development issues through engagement with diverse communities
  • Study small business development through a non-profit internship placement

New Zealand

Business Exchange in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Choose from a variety of management courses

Singapore

Business Exchange in Singapore: Singapore Management University

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Class options to enhance your degree and your understanding of business in Asia

South Korea

Business Exchange in Korea: Sogang University

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Experience Korean culture to the fullest extent taking classes alongside Korean students in business and other academic departments

Taiwan

Business Exchange in Taiwan: National Taiwan University

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Courses are available in Business Administration, International Business, Accounting, Finance, and Information Management

Thailand

Business Exchange in Thailand: Thammasat Business School

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Courses in the business school are offered in the concentration areas of Accounting, Finance, and Marketing

Europe

Austria

Vienna Summer Program: Wirtschaftuniversität Wien

  • Summer Session
  • Carlson Global Immersion Summer Program
  • Choose from two different 3-week sessions in July or August, each with different course offerings

Business Exchange in Vienna: Wirtschaftuniversität Wien

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Offers an intensive two-week German language course at the beginning of each semester

Belgium

Business Exchange in Belgium: Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL)

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Take courses such as Business Strategy, Cooperation and Management of Enterprises, or Information Technology in Management

Denmark

Copenhagen Summer Program: Copenhagen Business School

  • Summer Session
  • Carlson Global Immersion Summer Program
  • Gain insight into doing business in a global environment from the Scandianvian perspective

Business Exchange in Denmark: Copenhagen Business School

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Choose from hundreds of English-taught courses in areas such as Finance and International Business

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Summer Session
  • Study in the vibrant city of Copenhagen
  • International Business Track

France

Business Exchange in France: Bordeaux Management School

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • One of the top business and management programs in France

Business Exchange in France: Hautes Études Commerciale (HEC)

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Jouy-en-Josas is an ideal place for students to experience the many facets of French culture in both a quaint French town and a major international business and travel hub

Business Exchange in France: L'Universite Jean Moulin Lyon 3

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Take courses in English or French

Germany

Business Exchange in Germany:  University of Cologne

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Offers a variety of business topics taught in English, with the option of pre-semester intensive German instruction

Italy

Marketing 4082: Brand Management – Luxury Brands

  • Spring Term B + May Session
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Spend two weeks in Milan and Florence

Business Exchange in Milan, Italy:  Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Internships and Italian language courses available along with a wide range of business courses

Semester in Paderno del Grappa, Italy: Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CIMBA)

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Topics include marketing, strategy, finance, and cross-cultural competence

Netherlands

Business Exchange in Netherlands: Universiteit Maastricht

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • An academically rigorous program recommended for Carlson students at an intermediate level in their business studies

Norway

Norway Summer Program: Norwegian School of Management (BI)

  • Summer Session
  • Carlson Global Immersion Summer Program
  • Attend lectures by highly qualified Norwegian faculty

Business Exchange in Norway: Norwegian School of Management (BI)

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Choose from a range of business courses in English

Poland

Business Exchange in Poland: Warsaw School of Economics

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Economics, European Studies, Finance & Accounting, Management, International Business, Public Economy and Administration. Since all courses offered are also open to regular SGH students, they generate positive exchange of ideas and provoke constructive multicultural teamwork.

Spain

CIEE Spain

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Study Business & Culture in Barcelona
  • Study Business & Society in Seville

International Program in Toledo

  • Fall or Spring Semester, May Session, or Summer Session
  • Immerse yourself in Spanish culture through coursework, internships, and daily life.
  • Gain a cultural and historic perspective of Spain through excursions to various locations in Spain.

Business Exchange in Spain: Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (ESADE)

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Carlson School undergraduate students with at least 90 credits (at the time of study abroad) can enroll in Masters of Science of Management courses at ESADE.

The Carlson Freshman Semester Abroad in Seville, Spain

  • Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester
  • Language and pre-business coursework for  first year students only

Switzerland

Business Exchange in Switzerland: Universität St. Gallen

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Select from Marketing, Knowledge Management, Corporate Restructuring, Finance, Logistics Management, Distribution & Channel Management and much more.

Turkey

IBUS 4090: Corporate Strategy in Emerging Europe

  • Spring Term B + May Session
  • Carlson Global Enrichment Program
  • Participate in a real consulting case for a multinational company

United Kingdom

Study and Internships in London

  • Fall or Spring Semester or Summer
  • Take classes in a wide range of fields, including business
  • Intern with a British company to gain professional skills and immerse yourself in British culture

University Study in the UK, Queen Mary London

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester or Academic Year
  • Located in the diverse East End of London. Walk to classes and enjoy easy access to all other parts of London by tube and bus.
  • Study with British students and take instruction in English from British faculty, including coursework in business

Business Exchange in England:  Manchester Business School

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Carlson Global Immersion Semester Program
  • Many MBS courses have been evaluated to meet Carlson degree requirements

Additional Options to Consider

Self-Designed International Experience

  • Carlson students also have the opportunity to design their own international experience for a minimum of 1 credit.  Students can build upon personal contacts, a volunteer program, or other opportunities to pursue their own directed study project abroad.  With prior approval, and Carlson faculty guidance, the self-designed international experience can be used to fulfill the Carlson IE requirement.
  • The Learning Abroad Center offers a number of non-credit volunteer, work, and internship experiences abroad that could form the basis for a self-designed international directed study experience.

Intensive Language Programs

  • Many Carlson students pursue a second language to complement their major; international business co-majors are required to study two years of a second langauge
  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language major or minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program

Student Experiences

Visit Carlson Students Abroad to read blogs, watch videos, or read inspirational quotes from Carlson students who have studied abroad.

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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