U.S. Universities Offering an International MBA (Quick Reads)

US universities offering an International MBA (Quick Reads)

Delece Smith-Barrow and Ilana Kowarski, staff writers at US News, list 10 American universities you should apply to if you’re looking to gain a truly international MBA experience.


Helpful for: MBA Applicants

Read Time: 6 minutes

Quick Facts:

  • Duke University is ranked #10 by U.S. News. The summer following their first year in the MBA program, students take part in the Outgoing Exchange Program, allowing them to travel internationally and study at another business school.
  • Saint Louis University was not ranked by U.S. News. The school is known for its Boeing Institute of International Business. This is a research center which focuses on advancements in international business and releases its publications in its Multinational Business Review.
  • University of Michigan is ranked #10 by U.S. News. During the MBA Global Semester Exchange Program, students are able to study abroad in many cities including Shanghai and Buenos Aires.
  • Columbia University is ranked #6 by U.S. News. What gives this school its international edge is the student groups available to join: Latin American Business Association, African Business Club, The Greater China Society and many more.
  • University of California is ranked #6 by U.S. News. MBA students are able to take on the role as consultants for three weeks abroad in the school’s International Business Development program.
  • Georgetown University is ranked #24 by U.S. News. During the course of several months, MBA students work together as consultants to find practical solutions for an international company outside of the U.S. Finally, they present their findings at the company during a weeklong trip abroad.
  • The next two universities are tied when it comes to international experience: NYU and University of Pennsylvania. What makes New York University stand out is its specific specialized study topics: global strategy and international social impact strategies. University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has an exchange partnership with INSEAD, allowing students to study in France and Singapore, as well as use the institution’s career services.
  • Harvard University is ranked #3 by U.S. News. During their first year, MBA students develop a new product or service for a global partner organization and present it during their visit.
  • University of South Carolina is ranked #73 by U.S. News. Despite its lower ranking, the International MBA program offers a language track with an immersion in France, Germany or Mexico.

Useful Information:

  • Many candidates apply to American universities because of their prestige and promising career prospects. Still, US news reminds candidates:

Selected Quote:

Earning an MBA in the U.S. doesn’t mean graduates have to stay in this country to work. Some schools allow students to take courses and participate in activities to teach them how to be business leaders abroad as well as in the States.

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Source: US News

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