30 Great U.S. Colleges for Studying Business Abroad

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Today’s global marketplace demands that business leaders across the globe have a strong understanding of world culture, history, and economics. University undergraduate and graduate students have ample opportunity to experience other cultures through study abroad programs. The following business schools were chosen based on their commitment to excellence in international business education, their variety of study abroad options for full and part-time students, and their focus on global exchange with educational institutions across the globe. Many of the subsequent business programs work in conjunction with schools in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and students are given opportunities for complete cultural immersion for a semester or a short tour with courses specializing in international business, management, and politics.

30. Fox School of Business, Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

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Temple University’s Fox School of Business offers students a number of opportunities to study abroad through Philadelphia’s largest business school. Frequently ranked as one of the top business schools in the country, Fox School of Business works in conjunction with programs in France and Ireland including the American Business School Paris, Institut de Gestion Sociale, one of France’s top-ranked private schools, and the Quinn School of Business at the University College Dublin. Study abroad programs also include short-term study in the Middle East, as well as affiliate curricula at Temple University campuses in Japan and Italy.

29. Mays Business School, Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

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Located in College Station, Texas, the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University strives to enhance business and business opportunities in the Southwest. The school’s study abroad programs include faculty-led courses to Beijing, Moscow, and Stuttgart, during the summer and winter semesters. It also includes reciprocal exchanges to 34 schools in over 15 countries. Offered through the India Institute of Management and one of Germany’s leading business schools, the European Business School, etc. also provides students with the opportunity to participate in 1-2 week long international field trips to New Zealand, Panama, and South Africa. Internship and volunteer positions abroad are also available to students.

28. Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business offers exchange programs with Columbia Business School in New York as well as schools in Europe and Asia. Students may study at the London School of Business, or Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Both programs offer courses that focus on group work and case studies. Founded in 1991, the exchange program with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was established to promote local business and encourage discussion and economic development in Hong Kong. Led by many Berkeley PhDs, students must have a 3.0 GPA and be in their second year of their MBA studies in order to participate.

27. Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a variety of study abroad programs with over 25 partner universities worldwide. One-third of the school’s students participate in these exchange programs, contributing to an increased understanding of global business, international communication, and economic strategies. Programs include semester and yearlong opportunities, short-term trips, and summer study courses and internships. Summer study abroad students may attend one of the eleven-affiliate schools including those in Vienna, Shanghai, and Oslo, and short-term trips, which are organized by faculty members, include seminars and international business courses; a recent trip allowed students the opportunity to study in Vietnam.

26. Illinois College of Business

Champaign, Illinois

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The Illinois College of Business offers students numerous opportunities for both long and short-term study abroad in Asia, Australia, and Europe. The semester study abroad program allows students with a minimum 3.0 GPA to attend Beijing’s Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, one of the best business programs in Mainland China. The Australia School of Business at the University of New South Wales, also offers opportunities for students to study abroad, and faculty-led trips include courses taught in Italy, China, South Africa, Singapore, and Malaysia. Past summer international study programs include trips to Israel and Uruguay and include discussions of local trade, marketing, and cultural history.

25. Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland

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College Park, Maryland is home to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and provides students with the chance to study with one of the school’s 14 affiliate programs worldwide including those in Spain and China. With partners in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East, the school offers both short-term and semester long programs of study. Winter, spring, and summer classes are offered to enhance students’ understanding of global business strategies, and semester-long programs provide students with the opportunity for complete cultural immersion. Affiliate universities include the Copenhagen Business School and the National Taiwan University. They offer areas of study for both graduate and undergraduate students.

24. The George Washington University School of Business

Washington, D.C.

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Located in Washington D.C., the George Washington School of Business offers students a variety of opportunities for both long and short-term study abroad. Short-term programs include spring, summer, and winter courses covering topics ranging from France’s global responsibilities to the evolving Turkish economy. The program’s Global Business Project (GBP) allows MBAs to work in teams for up to three months; project completion and implementation take place over the final two weeks in a designated host country. A semester abroad exchange for graduate students encourages study at one of the program’s affiliate schools including the American University in Cairo, Korea University, and Tel Aviv University.

23. Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

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Terry College of Business, located at the University of Georgia in Athens, gives working professionals and business executives an opportunity to study abroad in one of the school’s many MBA programs. The school’s full-time MBA program offers students the chance to study in an international residency to countries including China, Argentina, and Chile, and focuses on local culture and international business. Students of the executive MBA program have the opportunity to study in a two-week international residency that includes meetings with local business leaders, and learning about local culture and history.

22. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Available to second year MBA students, the Ross School of Business offers international exchange programs with 15 partner schools across the globe. Short-term study abroad programs include two-week courses in Tel Aviv, Koblenz, and Beijing, and provide students with a chance to learn more about international business practices and culture. The school’s international semester exchange program is affiliated with a number of programs worldwide, including the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and the Australian Graduate School of Management. Located in Sydney at the University of New South Wales, the Australian Graduate School of Management is ranked in the top 50 MBA programs in the world, and offers students courses in general management, marketing, and economics.

21. Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

St Joseph County, Indiana

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The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame was officially established in 1917, and provides students with a number of opportunities for international study abroad. Students may participate in the two-week interim immersion to visit local businesses in China, Chile, and Brazil, or join the summer internship program for eight weeks in Cambodia, Kenya, Egypt, or Haiti. A seven-week complete immersion curriculum is available in the fall and offers student access to Chilean business leaders and the cultures of neighboring South American countries. Courses discuss the importance of empowering people and improving economic strategies, and focuses on local culture, information exchange, and a better understanding of economic change.

20. Heavener School of Business & Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

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Affiliated with the University of Florida International Center (UFIC), the Heavener School of Business Administration for undergraduate students, and the Warrington College of Business Administration for graduate students, offers numerous opportunities for business scholars to enhance their education through study abroad. The Warrington exchange program couples with programs in over 20 countries including South Korea, Sweden, and Germany, and provides students with language learning opportunities as well as a diverse course catalog. Spring, summer, and fall study abroad programs pair with universities including St. John’s University Paris, and Antonia de Nebrija University in Madrid. The Foundation for International Education in London also promotes business education abroad through local internship programs.

19. Villanova School of Business, Villanova University

Radnor Township, Pennsylvania

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Offering internships abroad, and opportunities for international exchange through the executive MBA program, the Villanova School of Business seeks to develop the next generation of global business leaders. While working toward an executive MBA, students may participate in an international immersion program that includes visiting cultural attractions, touring manufacturing facilities, and visiting companies within the host country. Recent trips have taken students to Vietnam, Argentina, Turkey, and South Africa, and the Office of International Studies pairs students with universities across the globe for semester-long study including the Ashesi University in Ghana. Recent internship opportunities abroad have brought students to Shanghai, China and include field study and theory alongside intensive Chinese language courses.

18. Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Providing both graduate and undergraduate opportunities to study abroad, the Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh encourages students to explore the business styles of other countries through its international studies program. Undergraduate study abroad programs in the International Management department require language proficiency and at least a semester of internship or study in the student’s chosen host country. Full-time MBA students may participate in the Global Treks program, which offers exposure to corporate and cultural highlights. Recent trips have led students to Dubai, Latin America, and Chile, and provide access to global management strategies and culture. Tepper’s transitional economies study abroad program pairs with The Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenx, Germany and offers course in history and economics of the European Union.

17. The Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School

Manhattan, New York

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The Jerome A. Chazen Institute at Columbia Business School has a variety of study abroad opportunities for MBA students. Through international study tours, students participate in 7-10 day trips and meet with local business leaders to enhance classroom curriculum and promote global study. Organized by student teams, global scholars travel in small groups with a faculty member to further their understanding of business practices abroad. Chazen’s Global Immersion Program has led students to Tunisia, Cuba, and Turkey, and since 1991, Chazen has paired with affiliate universities including the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Working closely with the Chazen Language Program and the ABC Language Exchange, students are offered intensive course in a variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese.

16. NYU Stern School of Business

New York, New York

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With summer study abroad programs to the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, and fall or spring exchange opportunities in Thailand and Spain, the NYU Stern School of Business has much to offer students in search of broadening their global education. Summer trips include 12-day trips to South Korea and Denmark, and the Doing Business In (DBi) Program provides students with 1-2 week course trips to affiliate universities worldwide, and offers local faculty lectures, corporate visits, and government speakers to promote international experience and improve global business strategies. As a member of the Partnership in International Management (PIM), the Stern School of Business partners with numerous international business programs including Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

15. College of Charleston School of Business

Charleston, South Carolina

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Affiliated with business programs worldwide, the College of Charleston School of Business in South Carolina encourages students to participate in a number of study abroad programs ranging from short-term trips to long-term study. Semester-long programs are offered through the University of New South Wales, the University of Waikato, and the University of Nottingham Ningbo to name a few. Scholarships are frequently given to students for international travel and winter and spring semester trips led by faculty members include service projects and travel courses. Recent tours have led students to Cameroon and Dubai, and study abroad through the College of Charleston has taken students through Cuba and Chile

14. University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business

Columbia, South Carolina

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Ranked number one in international business by U.S. News and World Report, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina provides international MBA students with in-country language immersion and internships with multinational corporations. Unique in its approach to studying international business, the school focuses on placing students within companies instead of universities, to ensure complete cultural engagement with the chosen host country. Students take language courses through an in-country institution and focus on the context of local and global business. Students have paired with corporations in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, and Peru, and the program also has a rich history of student involvement with the Peace Corps.

13. Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick

Piscataway Township, New Jersey

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Founded in 1929, Rutgers Business School offers a full-time MBA in international business and provides students with the opportunity to learn abroad through summer programs and long-term study. Ranked 7th in the nation for MBA post-graduate employment, the curriculum allows students to concentrate in global business through travel course in China and Southeast Asia. Students learn about outsourcing, cross-cultural management, foreign investments, and global management. Popular travel courses include those dedicated to doing business in an international marketplace, and have taken students to Greece, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

12. Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business

Durham, North Carolina

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A member of PIM, the Fuqua School of Business offers study abroad opportunities with top business schools in over 25 countries. For short-term, semester, or summer break, the Outgoing Exchange Program (OEP) provides global travel experience to students in their second year of MBA study. Through the Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE), students travel overseas to study a host country’s business and culture, and visit multinational corporations, government agencies, and exchange partner schools. Recent trips have led students through China, Uruguay, and Chile, and include a partnership with the Pontifica Universidad Catolica in Santiago.

11. San Diego State University College of Business Administration

San Diego, California

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Offering both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to travel abroad, the San Diego State University College of Business Administration pairs with universities across the globe to enhance international business education. With programs leading students to Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa, students are given a firsthand look into global business practices and strategies. Undergraduates may choose from a large list of affiliate universities including the University of Ghana, which was founded in 1948. Courses offered include those discussing culture and management, export administration, and human behavior. Affiliate universities also include the Czech University of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, London Metropolitan University, and the University of Southern Australia.

10. Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

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The full-time MBA program at the Foster School of Business is ranked 25th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and offers an MBA exchange with 16 affiliate schools in 14 countries. Semester-long international exchanges operate in conjunction with various universities worldwide including the University of Zurich, the University of Cape Town, and the Aalto Business School in Finland. Short-term study trips abroad incorporate company visits and factory tours alongside meetings with local business leaders during a fast-paced 8-14 day trek. Students recently traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, and Japan, and participate yearly in the Global Business Case Competition, which brings students from across the globe to Foster to participate in a week-long case project competition.

9. Harvard Business School

Boston, Massachusetts

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Students at Harvard Business School participate in a program known as FIELD (Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership), which provides MBA students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a project for one of the program’s global partners. Students work in teams to develop new products for companies in developing markets, and complete their project by implementing it in a 8-day trip to the global partner’s host country. Recent partners include corporations in India, South Africa, Mexico, and Turkey. Harvard’s FIELD approach is one-of-a-kind, and encourages students to develop a better understanding of the international business by implementing theoretical strategies on the global market.

8. Yale School of Management

New Haven, Connecticut

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Ranked 14th in the nation by Poets and Quants, the Yale School of Management provides a variety of options for students hoping to study abroad. To receive an MBA, students must fulfill the program’s global studies requirement, which offers courses covering global networking strategies, social entrepreneurship, and international business. Semester-long international exchange opportunities are available with one of the school’s partner institutions including The London School of Economics and Political Science and the National University of Singapore Business School. International experience courses lead students to many of the world’s largest business capitals in order to deepen cultural understanding and expose students to the global business environment.

7. Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School

St. Louis, Missouri

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Located in St. Louis, the Olin School of Business provides undergraduates with an opportunity for international exchange through internships, semester-long study, and summer abroad programs. Students may also work in conjunction with the Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA) in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Summer programs include study at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Students may also attend the semester-long study abroad program in conjunction with Chinese University in Hong Kong or the Universita Boccioni in Milan. The executive MBA program gives graduate students the chance to work alongside fellow students at the Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai.

6. Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford, California

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The Stanford Graduate School of Business offers a Global Experience requirement (GER) for MBAs. Including a global management immersion and the opportunity to work and live in another country, students are sponsored by organizations in a variety of fields including finance, energy, and healthcare. Global study trips offer a pre-trip course of study about the host country, covering topics ranging from business etiquette and economic policy to culture and political history. One of the school’s most innovative programs, Stanford’s Social Innovation Study Trips provides an in-depth look through a social and environmental lens at nations impacted by international business, and students interact with local thought leaders and non-profit organizations

5. Tulane University Freeman School of Business

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Located in New Orleans, Tulane University Freeman School of Business offers study abroad programs to both graduate and undergraduate students. With over 10 affiliate universities worldwide, students may choose to attend programs at the Leipzig School of Management, the University of Innsbruck in Austria, or Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Through a joint venture with the National Taiwan University and schools in Mexico and Europe, Executive MBA students may travel abroad to study global business practices, history, and culture. Graduate students may pursue internships during the summer at multinational corporations in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

4. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

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With campuses in Evanston, Illinois and Miami, Florida, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management provides Executive MBA students with opportunities to contribute consulting and take courses through internationally renowned institutions in over 20 countries. Through 5 international partnerships, students may attend Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Schulich School of Business in Toronto, or Tel Aviv’s Recanti Graduate School of Business Administration. Established in 1980, the MBA International Exchange Program gives students a firsthand look into the global marketplace, and the history and culture of business abroad.

3. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Chicago, Illinois

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Offering an International MBA (IMBA), the Booth School of Business provides students with 5 international business courses, study abroad opportunities, and language courses. Building on the standard MBA course of study, the IMBA gives students the chance to work with one of 33 partner school abroad. The program encourages complete cultural immersion, and strives to create the global business leaders of the future by establishing connections and increasing an understanding of world cultures. Affiliated schools abroad include Chinese University in Hong Kong and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

2. Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Hanover, New Hampshire

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With numerous opportunities to travel overseas, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth provides students with multiple outlets to explore business internationally. MBA courses include global economics, which focuses on the defining principles of production and international trade, as well as a first-year project where teams of students apply classroom knowledge to a real-world business. The Center for Business and Society helps integrate students globally through exchange programs with the Australian Graduate School of Management and Adolfo Ibanez University in Chile. The Tuck Global Consultancy Course offers second year students the chance to practice full-time fieldwork in a host country. So far, the program has implemented nearly 180 project in over 50 countries.

1. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Frequently rated one of the country’s top MBA programs, The Wharton School provides graduate students with numerous options for international study. The Global Immersion Program (GIP) provides elective courses, faculty lectures, and travel abroad, in which students meet with government officials and alumni on multi-week study tours. The international exchange program works in collaboration with over 15 affiliate universities worldwide including the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. Students may also participate in shorter, cultural treks over winter and spring break. These student-facilitated trips have recently brought Wharton students to Peru, Southeast Asia, and Japan.

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