International Study Opportunities

Wharton’s MBA students gain global perspectives and skills from their classmates, their classes, learning opportunities in the international business environment, and a curriculum that encourages cross-cultural collaboration and engagement. You will already be immersed in a global community at Wharton as nearly 40% of our students are from outside the U.S. each year.

International Programs

Wharton offers three primary international programs in addition to the required global-focused core classes, international dual-degree programs, and consulting opportunities in emerging countries.

Global Modular Courses (GMC)

You will experience short, full-credit courses in an intensive workshop format in a country relevant for the topic (e.g. health care delivery in Hyderabad, India). Since 2012, courses have been offered in Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Global Immersion Program (GIP)

You will get a high-level survey of the economic, cultural, and geo-political drivers behind regions integral to the global economy, then experience it in-country. Since its creation in 1993, more than 1,800 Wharton MBA students have participated in the GIP elective.

Combined International Studies Degrees

You can combine your Wharton MBA with full interdisciplinary degree programs in International Studies through the following institutions:

University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute

School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University

Public Administration / International Development at Harvard Kennedy School

Majors

You can major in Multinational Management or take electives such as Geopolitics, International Finance, and Comparative Management.

Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities

International Conferences

You can participate in student-led international student business conferences that address regional business issues.

Wharton International Volunteer Program (WIVP)

You will participate in consulting engagements that help private organizations with operations, business planning, start-up strategy, financial projections, and costing. These projects usually last two to four weeks during the summer and may take place in India, Asia, Africa, or South America.

Global Career Treks

Each year, you will have the opportunity to meet with more than 250 companies for informational interviews and industry exposure to sectors such as Venture Capital/Private Equity, Technology, Real Estate, Biotech/Health Care, and Media and Entertainment.

EMBA Global Business Week

In the second year of your EMBA program, you’ll embark on a required week-long course in a country facing specific business challenges. During this intensive week of corporate visits and lectures, you’ll engage with senior management to discuss topics relevant to the region.

EMBA Global Business Week

In the second year of our EMBA program, you’ll embark on a required week-long course in a country facing specific business challenges. During this intensive week of corporate visits and lectures, you’ll also engage with senior management to discuss topics relevant to the region. Following the trip, you’ll have an opportunity to reflect on the insights gained from the experience and present your findings.