MBA Travel Seminars

Our graduate 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—students can participate in a domestic or international seminar.

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

Academics

Each Travel Seminar is uniquely crafted by the faculty leader, so no two are exactly alike.

Each seminar counts as a three-credit course that fulfills your MBA 740 Immersion requirement. 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.

Travel

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.

Field Visits

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.

Cultural Activities

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.

How to Register

1. Complete your online registration form:

2. Meet with your advisor, if necessary.

3. During the registration period, pay your $500 deposit online through your Suffolk portal and submit a copy of your passport to Hillary Sabbagh, located on the ninth floor of 73 Tremont Street.

Highlights from MBA Travel Seminar Trips