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April 20, 2016

In line with its global-focused philosophy, Yale School of Management runs an incredible program called the International Experience. Having signed up for the India program, I was able to spend three months rigorously preparing for the trip by studying diverse historical, cultural, and business topics. This allowed me to form hypotheses about the country and its peoples, which could be confirmed, rejected, or refined over three weeks in-country.

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April 15, 2016

In March, Yale MBA students traveled to various locations as part of the International Experience course. The course begins with a half semester of classroom study and culminates with a 10-day trip to one or more business capitals. Chris Wearn '17 reflects on the International Experience to Japan.

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March 29, 2016

On the International Experience trip to Beijing and Shanghai this month, we visited various companies and organizations, including tech startups and large government think tanks, as well as significant cultural sites.

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September 25, 2015

Then, there was the less obvious choice: Chile. I had heard rumors that “Chilecon,” South America’s experiment in Silicon Valley-style innovation, was slowly starting to turn out significant startups and attracting a handful of widely recognizable entrepreneurs. Chile has the highest per capita income in Latin America, and the recent story of its economy has been one of great success. The country’s rapid rise to development has been fueled by the well-managed extraction and exportation of abundant natural resources, chief among them copper.

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March 23, 2015

When I think of Japan, it will forever be tied to the many memories I’ve made on this fantastic trip. I knew before I even started at Yale that Japan was the place I wanted to visit. In my first job, I had a great boss, Dr. Ming Ang, who introduced me to his colleague Thomas whose wife is Japanese. Every March, Thomas would travel with his wife and son to Japan and return to work with interesting tasting treats (think green tea flavored kit kats) and many stories of the wonders to be found there (think cherry blossoms).

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March 16, 2015

“Yeah,” I said slowly, realizing that these fellow backpackers were just as jealous of me as I was of their “3 months in South America” or “6 months around the world” holidays. We were sitting around the common dining area of a charming little backpacker hostel in San Pedro de Atacama, getting ready to turn in for our trip the next morning to Salar de Uyuni.

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May 7, 2014

With graduation a mere two weeks away, I could not think of a better way to close my tenure at the Yale School of Management than by attending the St. Gallen Symposium.

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March 23, 2014

In the mid-1980s Brazil was emerging from military dictatorship into an uncertain future.  The Brazilian philosopher Roberto Unger characterized this transition as a time of both “paralyzing confusion” and “transformative opportunity” (Unger 1987, 69).  The sheer scale of change required was simultaneously daunting and liberating.  

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March 16, 2014

We started the trip with celebratory caipirinhas (a traditional Brazilian drink made with sugar, lime and cachaca, which is a sugar cane liquor) as we reviewed our impressively full 10-day schedule of meetings, prepared for us by our fabulous 2nd year TAs, Priscilla Balla and Kalil Diaz. In the past two days, we’ve enjoyed candid meetings with top Brazilian executives in industries ranging from consulting to oil and gas to energy and beyond.

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June 9, 2013

Sakura (cherry blossoms) in Caulkins Courtyard. Not actually Japan, but we were there a little too early to see a great number of cherry blossoms. Sorry ‘bout that. Photo by Dennis’ iPhone. Here is the much-delayed follow-up to my first post on Japan, Frames, Trains, and Automobiles. I really wanted to get this to all of you right after our International Experience ended, but, alas, the craziness that is the first week of Spring 2 put a hitch in that plan...

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