In this optional, for-credit, elective module, all participants of the Global Online MBA can choose to take part in a Global Experience Week. In line with ESMT’s philosophy of involving its students in decision-making where possible, all enrolled students will be polled during the program to determine which locations are chosen for the Global Experience Week. The aim of the Global Experience Week is two-fold. Firstly, the week will expose participants to the business context and leadership challenges in diverse countries and cultures. Each week will be themed around a specific topic of global relevance, and participants will engage with leading corporates, startups and NGOs, working on assignments specific to each context. Each Global Experience Week will include a visit to one of ESMT’s Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) partner schools. Examples of potential destinations for Global Experience Weeks could be South Africa (Emerging Africa: institutional developments, business prospects, managerial practices), Japan (Aging Society: how demographic change influences business strategy), or Ireland (Europe’s Multinational Capital: how investment policy and educational focus transformed a small economy).
The first Global Experience Week will take place in April 2023, with the initial destination to be finalized in April 2022. Participants must have completed Module 0 and at least two other core modules to be eligible to participate in the Global Experience Week. This course will take place multiple times per year to different destinations if there is demand. Destinations, dates and cost will be announced 12 months in advance. Participation in this week is not included in the program fee. Participants will be charged a program fee (2000-3000€, depending on destination, including single room accommodation), and will be expected to cover their own travel costs to and from the destination.