Location: Santiago and Vina del Mar, Chile
Dates: This course includes classroom sessions during October 2011- February 2012 , a field-trip to Chile during January 1 - 14, 2012, and a post field-trip symposium in February 24, 2012.
Term: 2012 Winter Break
Objective:The Global Discovery program is a course for all full-time MBA students. It includes on-campus classes and an on-site component in one of three international locations during the winter of a student's second year. The course for 2011-2012 is titled Global Discovery: Managing Risk in Emerging Markets and Emerging Firms. It is designed to give students a deeper understanding about how multi-national enterprises, trade agencies, and small and medium-size enterprises work successfully in emerging-market economies.
30-35 full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management
The program is open to the second-year full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management
Santiago is the capital and the largest city in Chile. Chile's steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America's most modern metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and impressive high-rise architecture. As the industrial, agricultural, and financial centre of Chile, the Santiago region generates 45% of the country’s GDP.
The coastal cities of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso are like opposite sides of the same coin. Vina del Mar, the 'Garden City,' is one of Chile's premier beach resorts, with excellent hotels and shopping. Valparaiso, where the Chile legislative bodies meet, is one of Chile's most charismatic and historic ports, with its charming "ascensores" (funiculars) and colorful hillside houses.
The program starts at Santiago with a city tour and welcome dinner. The first and second weeks include guest lectures and company visits. The group travels to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar during the weekend for more site visits and time for exploration. Companies include both domestic and multinational corporations. Cultural visits and a farewell dinner will complement the academic program.
Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and closing dinner are provided.
Financial aid can be used for education abroad, including the Global Discovery program. As a first step, be sure to submit an application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Office of Student Finance. For more information on financial aid and funding your experience, please visit Costs and Billing.
As a full-time MBA student you will submit the location preference in the spring semester of your first year, and will be automatically registered in Global Discovery seminars in your second year.
"This program (Global Discovery) combines the best of all of the models of International Programs I have worked with." - Faculty Leader
"I really enjoyed seeing more than just Santiago, and getting to visit Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and the Andes" - Student
"I was surprised by the progressive aspects of Chilean culture... I didn’t realize that Chile is much more developed than other South American countries." - Student
"While it was important to learn that trust is key to doing business, it was good to understand how networks and relationships are forged in Chile,...[and] what difficulties foreigners would face working there." - Student
Carlson Global Institute
Senior Lecturer, Department of Strategic Management & Organization