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.
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 consulted for in 2016 includes:
"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 ." Tianlun Hao (MBA'17)
"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." Alex Cole (MBA'18)
"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." Cindy Chu (B'19)
"Over the more than six months that we worked on the project we were in regular communication with our host company in Seoul. Senior executives endorsed our findings and suggested that our recommendations would be incorporated into their Korean business plan." Caroline Decker (EMBA'16)
"Like in any country, doing business in India requires an understanding of its unique culture and society. The valuable experience gained from a week of living and working in Mumbai helped our team to deliver even more value to our client." Jeffrey Heo (MBA'15)
"My project with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts was truly a transformative experience. It was exciting to work on a global brand and travel to Hong Kong, and it also provided a real-world opportunity to learn about the Chinese consumer market." Amanda Bagwill (MBA'15)
In 2018, Georgetown McDonough’s Global Business Experience sent students to four continents to consult on 132 projects in various areas, including market entry, market development, communications, innovation strategy, competitive strategy, and global growth strategy.
- Full-Time MBA: Brazil, Hong Kong, Germany, Ghana, India, Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates - 55 projects
- Evening MBA: China, Israel, Peru and Spain - 32 projects
- Executive MBA: South Korea - 10 projects
- Executive Master’s in Leadership: South Africa - 6 projects
- Master of Science in Finance: South Africa - 15 projects
- Undergraduate Program: Argentina, France, and Spain - 14 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.