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International Focus

At MSU, international experience isn’t just a part of the curriculum—it’s a part of our heritage. Michigan State University has been a leader in international programming since 1956, when we became the first major public institution in the U.S. to make international programs a critical part of the university’s mission. Since then, we have emerged as one of the Top 100 Global Universities (Newsweek/MSNBC), consistently leading the nation in study abroad participation and ranked 6th for international students who chose to study at a U.S. public institution.

The Broad College is at the forefront in global initiatives. In 1990, Broad’s International Business Center (CIBER) was designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education. Home to the vast resources of globalEdge, the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan and headquarters of the Academy of International Business, the Broad College is truly recognized as a worldwide leader in international competencies.

The Broad Executive MBA leverages this international perspective in the curriculum, in the faculty, and in the students who join our program. Each year we welcome students from an extensive range of international experiences and educational backgrounds, and our Broad faculty leverage the college’s experience as a part of the culture. Additionally, the curriculum itself features an international requirement in the second residency, where students elect to study International Culture/Strategy in East Lansing or travel abroad via the Global Marketplace.

Global Marketplace

This weeklong global residency typically takes place in April and the course focuses on the opportunities, costs, and risks of conducting business outside the U.S. The course highlights a specific region that has a diverse culture and an emerging economy. Students travel to gain firsthand experience with the business and culture of this destination. Advanced coursework helps to provide a foundation for learning, and activities during the week abroad focus on presentations by in-country experts and site visits to a range of businesses and industries.

Past Global Marketplace experiences have taken place in diverse destinations around the globe including: South Africa (Johannesburg/Cape Town), Vietnam/Malaysia, Belgium/Netherlands, Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto), Helsinki/Stockholm, Prague/Budapest, Beijing/Shanghai, South Korea, India, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.

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