Every spring, McIntire's M.S. in Commerce students embark on the Global Immersion Experience (GIE), a faculty-led course taught overseas. An integral component of the M.S. in Commerce Program, the inimitable learning journey explores the economic, social, political, and cultural dynamics responsible for creating both a wealth of opportunities and a formidable series of challenges. Over an intensive three-week span, students visit unique locations and innovative industry sites for invaluable meetings with leading figures in global business—alumni making an important difference in the lives and economies of cities around the world.
Last month, the graduate students learned the six treks being offered in 2019: Europe; Greater China; Latin America; the Persian Gulf and Indian Subcontinent; Oceania and Japan; and Southeast Asia.
The European GIE kicks off in Stockholm, continues through Berlin and Krakow, and ends in Barcelona, while the Chinese trek will take students through Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. In the Latin American trek, students will visit Medellin, Lima, Santiago, and Buenos Aires, with a daytrip to Colonia. Dubai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and Kathmandu feature in the Persian Gulf and Indian Subcontinent GIE. Students on the Oceania and Japan journey will travel to Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, and Tokyo; the GIE Southeast Asia lands in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, and Jakarta.
The selection of locations is rivaled in diversity only by the dedicated people and their forward-thinking companies that endeavor to generate the most positive impact and enhance the very societies the students will visit. These are transformative experiences that embody the inspirational spirit of commerce as a catalyst for change.
And Dec. 19, M.S. in Commerce students will each find out which of the GIE treks they will set out on next spring.
While the current crop of Comm School students must wait, relive an insightful moment during a trek to India, the Middle East, and Africa with this video shot in New Delhi. Ryan Perry (M.S. in Commerce ’18) explains how the GIE helped students to redefine their personal goals to envision a successful and altruistic future—and during just the second stop of the five-city journey.