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 at the start of the second 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 in the first term.

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 RMB 15,000 plus flight costs, etc.

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.

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EM Lyon, France

International MBA Electives

Students can join EM Lyon MBA students and participate in EM Lyon’s International MBA summer electives.  A variety of modules are on offer during the elective period for students to choose from and these are taught in English.  Student will take two EM Lyon modules in place of two Lancaster MBA elective modules.

Costs: no fees for the programme itself but you will need to cover your travel, accommodation and general living costs.

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Vienna Innovation Programme

The Vi­enna In­nov­a­tion Pro­gram builds on Vienna University's ex­pert­ise in this area. For two weeks a group of Mas­ters stu­dents, both from WU’s in­ter­na­tional part­ner in­sti­tu­tions as well as from WU, will jointly at­tend this in­tens­ive short pro­gramme and work to­gether on real life group pro­jects.

This pro­gramme, which was developed spe­cific­ally for Mas­ters stu­dents, also in­cludes so­cial and cul­tural activ­it­ies in and around Vi­enna with the aim of of­fer­ing both a high qual­ity aca­demic and in­ter­cul­tural ex­per­i­ence to the par­ti­cipants.

The aca­demic pro­gramme will be taught by Professor Chris­topher Lettl, Head of the In­sti­tute for Strategy, Tech­no­logy and Or­gan­iz­a­tion at WU, and his team mem­bers. Par­tic­u­lar em­phasis will be placed on prac­tice-ori­ent­a­tion and work in group pro­jects. Within this two week in­tens­ive pro­gram the stu­dents will jointly work on real-life pro­jects, which will then be presen­ted at a pitch-­p­resent­a­tion on the last day of the course.

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Universität St Gallen, Switzerland

International Study Programme (ISP)

(Please note, unlike the exchanges above, which take place during the programme and count towards your MBA, this study abroad opportunity takes place after you have graduated.)

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.

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