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.
The IE trip to China focused on China’s vibrant economic activities, rich culture, and history. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences. Today, China is the second largest economy, after the United States. Over the past 30 years, China has been an engine of global economic growth, with the average contribution to global growth of about 30% per year. In this course, students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about the past accomplishments, current challenges, and future opportunities of the Chinese economy.
X. Frank Zhang, Professor of Accounting
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.