Principle Location: Silicon Valley, California
Dates: This course includes classroom sessions during fall semester, a domestic field-trip during winter break, and a post field-trip symposium in the following spring semester. (Note: There is no Global Discovery USA Seminar in 2011-2012).
Term: 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 four 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. This session is specifically designed to give students a deeper understanding about how enterprises from the emerging-market economies enter, survive, and thrive in the U.S. market,
the innovation mechanism and entrepreneurship in the United States, and how companies enhance their capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship.
30 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
Located at the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, Silicon Valley is known as home to many of the world's largest technology corporations today. In addition to semiconductor industry as the traditional major component of the area's economy, Silicon Valley has been most famous in recent years for innovations in software and internet services. As large number of innovators, manufacturers, startups, and venture capitalists have been attracted to the leading hub for high-tech development, the valley has also assumed a leading role in the global competition to develop renewable energy and green technologies.
The program starts at Silicon Valley in California with guest lectures and company visits in the first week. The group may travel to another city for more lectures and company visits. 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.
The 2011-2012 fee for the Global Discovery program is $5,150. Tuition for 3 credits is included in the tuition plateau. The Global Discovery fee is billable to students in two equal installments during fall and spring semester of the second year of the program. This fee covers partner institution lectures, corporate visits, round trip airfare, visa, lodging, breakfast daily, some group meals, and international health insurance. Other meals and personal expenses are not covered by the course fee. Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors.
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
"My favorite part of the experience was learning from and talking with entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley." - Student
"I was very impressed with both the Stanford Biodesign Center and their innovations, and Singularity University." - Student
"I didn’t realize that when trying to enter the US market, the 50 states are practically like 50 small countries... It requires a huge amount of work to be successful." - Student
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