In March, students in the International Experience course traveled to the Balkans, China, Israel, India, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, and South Africa to learn about local business environments and cultures—and sent back photos of their experiences.
Through company visits, as well as conversations with government officials, NGO leaders, and entrepreneurs, students learned about economic, political, and social issues in the Balkans. Visits spanned a range of different organizations, from nascent local businesses to formerly state-owned enterprises converted into large joint ventures with foreign partners. This course also examines various sectors of the economy, including the pharmaceutical industry, telecom, electric car manufacturing, and airlines, as well as video games and mobile applications.
Ivana Katic, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
About International Experience Courses at Yale SOM
The International Experience course serves as a case study in learning about the complexities of a business environment from a leader’s point of view. The course begins with a half semester of classroom study and culminates in a 10-day trip to one or more business capitals, during which students visit companies and meet political leaders. The course gives students an enhanced ability to think globally that will be valuable for the rest of their time at Yale and beyond.