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Take on the World with Georgetown:

The Global Business Initiative (GBI) seeks to distinguish the McDonough School of Business as the premier destination for global business education by partnering with other schools, organizations, and companies in Washington, D.C., and around the world.


"We embrace a global mindset in all we do at Georgetown McDonough, and the Global Business Initiative will maximize our students' opportunities for truly transformational experiences that lead to a greater understanding of how business operates around the world." — David A. Thomas. Dean, McDonough School of Business


As a leader in global business education through our Global Business Experience, Georgetown McDonough seeks to provide all students the opportunity to travel abroad to consult either within an industry or with specific Fortune 500 companies. The program is required of all graduate students and is an elective for undergraduates.

  • A Welcome from Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D., Professor of Operations:

    Known around the world for its emphasis on international business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business created the Global Business Initiative (GBI) to ensure the school’s global mission is evident throughout all aspects of the student experience — from the undergraduate to the MBA to the Executive Education programs.

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  • External Advisory Committee:

    The Global Business Initiative has assembled an outstanding team of business professionals from across the world to advise the dean on Georgetown McDonough’s global mission.

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  • International Consulting Projects:

    The Global Business Experience empowers students to more fully understand how business is conducted around the world. All graduate students travel abroad to consult either within an industry or with specific Fortune 500 companies.

    A sample of client organizations our students consulted for this year includes:

    Seoul Bologna Istanbul São Paulo Mumbai
















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  • The Student Experience:

    The Global Business Experience allows Georgetown McDonough students to obtain a better understanding of the local culture by attending cultural events and visiting different locations in the host city. It also is a unique opportunity for students to build relationships with their classmates. During the Global Business Experience trip, students visit local organizations and support the community through donations, fundraising, and service events.

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  • Global Summits:

    This series brings accomplished business leaders to engage the Georgetown community in dialog about the challenges of leading global businesses in specific industries.

    In January 2015, Georgetown University held the inaugural Global Luxury Summit, which convened CEOs from global luxury brands such as Estée Lauder, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Kara Ross, and Ermenegildo Zegna.

    Upcoming Georgetown McDonough Global events:

    Oct. 22: "Global Finance Summit 2015" by the Center for Financial Markets and Policy.

    Nov. 6: "Perspectives on Real Estate in China" by the Steers Center for Global Real Estate.

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  • On Campus Global Opportunities:

    The Stanton Distinguished Leaders Series:

    This series brings accomplished business leaders to engage the Georgetown community in dialogue about leadership in an ever-changing world. The series has included talks with leaders from global companies such as Tom Ford International, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Dior, Rosetta Stone, and Michael Kors.

    Upcoming event:

    Spring 2016: Lynne Greene, Group President of Estée Lauder Companies, on "A Personal Journey in the Branding of Luxury Goods"

    Student Organizations:

    There are more than 40 student-run organizations at Georgetown McDonough – professional, regional, cultural, interest-based, service, recreational, and student government – that attest to Georgetown’s global culture of community.

  • Study Abroad Opportunities:

    Georgetown McDonough offers students the opportunity to study abroad for a full semester. We currently have partnerships with:

    For MBA students:

    - HEC Paris, in France.

    - ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.

    - BiMBA at Peking University, in China.

    For Undergraduate students:

    - The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in China.

    - Oxford University, in England.

    - ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.

  • GBI News:

    Stay up-to-date with the latest events and announcements from the Global Business Initiative:

    - Follow us on Twitter.

    - View our latest newsletter.

    - Contact us.

    - Upcoming event: A conversation with Re/code co-founder Walt Mossberg

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