As the world was indeed becoming flat, The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business was ahead of its time in 2000 when it began requiring all of its students to take an international study trip at some point during their degree programs.
The Massey School views this practice as a way of expanding students' views of culture and the interdependency that exists between companies and countries around the world. Only a handful of other graduate business programs hold their graduate business students to a similar requirement.
March 1 - 8, 2014
A new destination will delight students in 2014. Milan, Italy will host Massey students for the first time. Italy's second-largest city, Milan serves as the country's economic capital. The metropolis is home not only to magnificent cathedrals and The Last Supper painting, but also to Italy's stock exchange. A world fashion and design mecca, Milan is also diverse -- more than one-sixth of its population is foreign-born. Students will get a chance to take in Milan's rich culture and delve into its thriving business climate.
May 3 - 11, 2014
The program will make a return trip to Beijing, which has served as a dependable destination in past years. China's capital city since 352 AD, Beijing is at the heart of the nation's transition into a global economic powerhouse. As China's Communist government relaxes economic regulations, Beijing continues to earn the international spotlight, both as an economic juggernaut and a cultural capital.
Almost every multinational corporation has an office here. In recent years, Beijing has grown tremendously in the financial sector. There are over 750 financial firms within the city that have generated close to 14 percent of its $150 billion GDP. Beijing is also rapidly expanding in other business areas, including venture capital, information technology, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic, HCMBA Students Only
May 3 - 11, 2014
Cape Town, South Africa, AMBA Students Only
May 3 - 18, 2014
The Cape Town trip is an extended study-abroad experience designed specifically for Accelerated MBA students and will count for both the MGT 6300 and MGT 6350 course requirements. Students will be traveling to Cape Town, South Africa and studying at nearby Stellenbosch University, where the focus will be on international business and intercultural dynamics. Significant portions of this study will take place in a classroom setting with Stellenbosch faculty, with the balance of the experience consisting of a variety of visits to area businesses (e.g., SAB Miller, Naspers, and Transet), as well as a number of cultural activities (e.g., boat trip to Robben Island, trip to Cape Winelands, dinner with local businesspersons, workshops and visits with various population groups, and a drive along Chapman's Peak). Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa, with a population estimated at 3.5 million and is the largest South African municipality in terms of land area. Stellenbosch University is generally recognized as the top business school on the African continent, with its university roots being traced back to 1859.
Know Europe - Belgium, France, Holland and Spain
June - July 2014
Sponsored by Groupe ESC Normandie, Normandy Business School. Visit Belgium, Holland, France and Spain. This trip counts for 3 courses (MGT 6300, MGT 6350 and one elective). Your cost is the cost of tuition for each of these courses and airfare to and from Europe. Students are responsible for arranging their own flights. Anyone interested should contact Melissa Mitchell, the student support coordinator, for more details. Please note: by participating in the Know Europe program, you will be unable to attend the summer semester, but you will earn credit for 3 courses (6 credits total)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
August 9 - 16, 2014
In August 2014, Massey will visit Rio de Janeiro, the 2014 Summer Olympics host. Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful, exciting and charming city. But beyond its sheer physical beauty, Rio is a business town. Its 12 million inhabitants make it Brazil's second largest metropolitan area (topped only by eternal rival São Paulo). In addition to tourism, the nation's increasingly powerful energy sector is focused in Rio, which is home to integrated producer Petrobras and dozens of oil service companies.