Once each year, the Augsburg MBA program offers MBA students the option of earning a credit towards their MBA via a 9-10 day International travel experience. The purpose of the trip is to expose the students to the thriving business climates of locations such as Chile, Russia, Germany or Argentina and to allow students an opportunity to understand the culture and environment of an emerging economy outside the U.S.
Students experience an exciting week that alternates visits to and with business leaders from (depending on location) Nike; RBS Chile, The Royal bank of Scotland; AgroSuper, a large food processor; a representative from the Chilean Foreign Investment Committee; and an executive from Sonami, Chile’s largest mining association, Cargill; Moscow, Plekhanov Russian Economic University, Medtronic; Moscow.
The Global Business Environment or Strategic Management required classes are fulfilled by students traveling abroad. Students met in class sessions before the trip, during the trip, and after. Students in both classes were assigned appropriate projects that will enable them to leverage their experiences.
Future faculty-led international experiences will include a trip to Moscow, Buenos Aires Argentina, and potentially China. In the future, Augsburg MBA students will be able to plan on at least one opportunity for an international experience while they complete their 23-month program.