MBA study abroad opportunities
Most of our MBA students are focused on furthering their global careers, so gaining additional experience of studying in other countries and cultures can be hugely rewarding. That is why we have established partnerships with a number of world-class institutions, providing MBA study abroad schemes that allow you to enrich your international experience as part of your Lancaster MBA.
You can decide during the first term whether to apply for a study abroad programme. Places are limited, and awarded on a competitive basis – so you will need to show consistently good academic performance, strong personal motivation and aspiration and a clear sense of what this will contribute to your career development.
The current schemes are detailed in brief below. A handbook with further details on all these opportunities, including practical arrangements and costs, is provided at the start of the programme.
Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China
'Doing Business in China'
Devised for MBA students from around the world, this two-week programme introduces you to the Chinese economy, history and culture, and helps you gain a deeper understanding of what is happening in the Chinese market. Alongside a programme of lectures, company visits, cultural excursions, etc, you will also have classes in basic Mandarin.
It takes place in May/June, and replaces two Lancaster MBA electives.
Costs: a programme fee of CNY 10,400 (2013 programme) plus flight costs, etc. There is also a small application fee.
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
International Summer University Programme (ISUP)
This six-week programme gives you flexibility to develop your skills and knowledge by choosing from a range of business-related graduate courses. Teaching is provided by professors from the Business School as well as international professors from top universities around the world. Senior executives from Danish and multinational companies also play an integral part in some of the courses.
Although this programme does not give you credits towards your Lancaster MBA, you will be expected to complete and pass all modules. Full-time MBA students will also need to draw on their ISUP experience in their final reflective essay.
Costs: no fees for the programme itself but you will need to cover your travel, accommodation and general living costs.
Otto Beisheim School of Management, WHU Koblenz, Germany
European MBA Summer Institute
WHU organises this two-week summer school each May for students from its partner schools in Europe and North America, on ‘The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe’. This is a highly prestigious programme, at which you will meet MBA students from a number of top US schools.
Participation in this programme counts for two MBA electives at Lancaster. All teaching and assessment is in English, though having a basic knowledge of German is useful for social purposes.
Costs: no extra tuition fees, but you will need to pay a registration fee which covers course materials, company visits, excursions, airport transfers, etc. You will also need to cover your own travel and accommodation costs.
NHH, Bergen, Norway
Graduate Summer School on 'Natural Resource Management and Policy: the Norwegian Model'
Typically running over two weeks in June, this unique graduate summer school is delivered by NHH faculty together with guest lecturers from other academic institutions and the business community. It has been developed and organised in partnership with various companies active in the industries examined during the programme – including Statoil and PointCarbon – and company visits and case studies form a major part of the schedule.
You do not gain any credits towards your Lancaster MBA by studying at NHH but you will be expected to complete and pass all modules – and full-time MBA students will need to draw on their experience in Norway for their final reflective essay.
Costs: no fees for the summer school itself, but participants will need to cover travel, living and accommodation costs.
Universität St Gallen, Switzerland
International Study Programme (ISP)
This ten-week intensive programme for MBAs is taught in English and provides insights into European and global business, law, finance and economics, plus intensive German language training. Visits to major companies in Switzerland and Germany are also included as part of the curriculum.
The ISP runs from September to December, ie after immediately after you have completed the requirements for your Lancaster MBA. This means that you can graduate from Lancaster at the normal time, in December. St Gallen awards a separate certificate to those who complete the ISP successfully.
Cost: no extra tuition fees, but participants will need to cover all housing, travel, health and associated living costs.