Benefits of a Travel Seminar
- Connects classroom learning with real-world experience
- Firsthand exposure to international business issues and concepts
- Network with students, faculty, and global business leaders
- Adds a line to your resume that helps you stand out
- Experience with a new culture
- Applicable to both your education and your career
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The best time to enroll in a Global Travel Seminar is during your sophomore or junior year. By then, you’ll have a strong foundation in business and you won’t be preoccupied with graduation and job searching.
Global Travel Seminars satisfy the travel requirement for the Global Business Major. Contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at 617-573-8345 to see how a Global Travel Seminar fits into your program of study.
Our grad students have visited and pitched proposals to major companies, such as Adidas, Embraer, BMW, Volkswagen, Goodrich, and Pepsi.
The experience will stand out on your resume, letting potential employers know that you’re ready to take on global opportunities and challenges in a business setting. The Travel Seminar is a required course for MBA students but can be taken as an elective in many other programs.
Each Global Travel Seminar is uniquely crafted by the faculty leader, so no two are exactly alike.
Each seminar counts as a three-credit international business course. As part of the academic requirement, you’ll take three pre-travel class sessions and one post-travel class session.
Pre-travel Class Sessions
Before the trip, you’ll have three class sessions with your faculty advisor, where you’ll discuss your site visits and learn about:
- The destination’s economy and its competitive position in the global marketplace
- The political, social, and cultural environment
- Current business issues within the destination
- The unique cultural aspects of doing business in the destination
Post-travel Class Session
In the last class session, you’ll present your main seminar project. The final project, determined by your faculty leader, could be a paper, presentation, or group assignment.
Experiencing global business firsthand is a key component of the seminar. You’ll spend seven to ten days engaged in a series of field visits and cultural activities designed to immerse you in the business culture of a destination.
You’ll visit a variety of businesses, ranging from the headquarters of large, multinational corporations to small, entrepreneurial firms. Other potential visits could be to local institutions, such as stock exchanges or regulatory authorities, or you could meet with government leaders or academic experts.
Our students have visited companies, such 3M, the Bank of England, Bayer, BMW, Bombay Stock Exchange, Bovespa, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Embraer, GE Financial Services, Lenovo, Lloyd’s of London, Lufthansa, Microsoft, Natura, State Street Global Markets, TV Globo, Volkswagen, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Zambon.
Understanding the local culture is an important element of the Travel Seminar and essential for success. You'll experience a variety of cultural activities, including sightseeing and city tours, visits to museums and historical landmarks, theater performances, and group dinners featuring authentic cuisine. You’ll even have some free time to explore on your own.
There are three cost components for each Travel Seminar:
- Tuition for three credits
- Flight (exceptions may apply)
- Seminar fee, which includes:
- Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
- Ground transportation within destination
- English-speaking tour guide
- Cultural activities
- Business programming
- Some meals, including welcome reception and farewell dinner
McDonnell Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and merit. Students must receive financial aid, be enrolled in at least six credits, and be fully registered in a Travel Seminar to qualify. The maximum award is $1,500.
How to Register
1. Complete your online registration form:
2. Meet with your advisor, if necessary.
"The Germany Travel Seminar provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a strategy consultant for major Fortune 500 companies. The intensity and teamwork forced us to generate creative, thoughtful, and inspiring ideas for the companies to consider. I loved the challenge and wish I could do it all over again!"