Global Business Experience (GBE)

As a leader in global business education, 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. Working in small teams, students partner with executives from multinational organizations to address complex business challenges.

The GBI board is instrumental for securing consulting engagements in key countries and industries for several student teams from our MBA and undergraduate programs.

Prior to the trips, students collaborate remotely for several months. Then, they spend one week in the client’s country to present their final recommendations to the organization’s leadership. Full-time MBA students take the trip during the spring semester, and Flex and Evening Program students travel during the summer. A sample of client organizations our students have consulted for includes:

  • Shanghai (China) : Dell, LDC, Marriott
  • Lima (Peru) : 3M, Cabify, L’Oréal
  • Berlin (Germany) : B.Braun, DKB, SAP
  • Dubai (UAE) : Agility, Embraer, Mubadala
  • Sao Paulo (Brazil) : Bovespa, Citibank, Clinique

Tianlun Hao (MBA’17)

“The GBE course proved to me that being successful in global business is not only about applying the frameworks, but also about understanding cultural differences and developing the right mindset .”

Alex Cole (MBA’18)

“GBE helped me to be more comfortable speaking the universal business language and more adept at understanding other cultures and how they employ business fundamentals.”

Cindy Chu (B’19)

“Our team was able to work together extraordinarily well because we had a breadth of majors in our group and were able to tackle tasks that were more specialized to our strengths.”

In 2022, Georgetown McDonough’s Global Business Experience will send students to four continents to consult on 112 projects in various areas, including market entry, market development, communications, innovation strategy, competitive strategy, and global growth strategy.

  • Full-Time MBA: Chile, Germany, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, and United Arab Emirates – 48 projects
  • Evening MBA: Argentina, Italy, Singapore – 38 projects
  • Executive MBA: Brazil – 8 projects
  • Master of Science in Finance: Great Britain and South Africa – 15 projects
  • Undergraduate Program: Spain – 3 projects

In the last 15 years, student teams have traveled to Prague, Rome, Buenos Aires, Lima, São Paulo, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Beijing, Delhi, and Cape Town, among many other cities, working for clients ranging from small entrepreneurial companies to global enterprises, from public- to private-sector institutions, and from local to international corporations.

The experience doesn’t end with the trip abroad. After returning to campus, students collaborate to create a picture of how industries operate around the world. The students share their projects with their peers during a Global Business Conference.

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