Global Immersion

Information pertaining to the Global Immersion that is part of the Penn State Smeal MBA program.
Recent Global Immersion Destinations: Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; Prague, Czech Republic; Istanbul, Turkey; Shanghai, China; New Delhi, India; and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Recent Global Immersion Destinations: Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; Prague, Czech Republic; Istanbul, Turkey; Shanghai, China; New Delhi, India; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Global perspective is critical to today's leaders. In an interconnected world, the ability to communicate cross-culturally, adapt to evolving business environments, and manage all the risks and benefits of operating on a global scale become increasingly important.

Preparation for the Trip

All second-year Penn State Smeal MBA students take part in a global immersion experience. In preparation for the trip, students research the countries and companies they will be visiting as part of a the BA 835: Global Perspectives course.

Countries Visited

Past global immersion trips have taken Smeal MBAs to business hubs including: 

  • Lima, Peru
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Shanghai, China
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • New Delhi, India
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Istanbul, Turkey

The immersion includes visits to corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities, as well as meetings with executives and government officials to learn about international business from those experiencing it firsthand in the country. Students also have the opportunity to tour the local area and take part in special cultural events.