Johnson offers international study trip courses each year. The typical study trip courses are:

  • Winter Break (December/January) – to Brazil, Europe (Prague, Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris), Ghana, India and Turkey/Bulgaria;
  • Spring Break (March) - to Israel and Colombia;
  • End of Spring Semester (May) - to Japan/Korea, Russia;
  • There is also a study trip as part of NBA 6310 (Global Business). 
  • Other country trips are offered in different years.

NBA 5920 Brazil

Organized by Maria Alexandre

Brazil is one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world. Brazil has been named as the host nation for the 2014 soccer World Cup. It will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It will host the first Latin American World Expo in São Paulo, in 2020. This course trip gives the students an opportunity to visit about 10 different organizations in a variety of industries in Brazil. Through preparations for the trip, and for the visits, and discussions of the experiences during the visits, students learn different aspects of business in such a dynamic environment. This experience focus on international cultural aspects of business, strategies for business in an emerging country, evaluations of strategic opportunities and constraints, issues related to economic development and international trade.

NBA 5920. Colombia

Organized by Professor Wesley Sine

The economic growth rate of Colombia has been one of the top performers in Latin America over the last 25 years. The economy is currently booming and the country is full of opportunity. This course will introduce students to the business environment in Colombia and some of the challenges and opportunities associated with this region. Students will learn about various sectors of the economy from small entrepreneurs to large industrial enterprises

Europe (Prague, Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris)

Organized by Professor Elena Iankova

This study trip course will introduce you to the dynamic business environment in the European Union within the context of its widening and deepening. Its aim is to outline the similarities and differences of doing business in the European Union (EU), compared with the United States and the group of major emerging markets. We will look at the institutional settings of the macro political and legal environments in the European Union, the role of the state versus the market, and the role of culture as determinants of corporate strategies and behavior. You will get first-hand experience with business organization and operations in Europe by visiting: first, a diverse set of companies in two EU member states (France and the Czech Republic); second, the major European institutions in Brussels (the European Commission and European Parliament) and Frankfurt (the European Central Bank); and third, local business schools (ESCP and INSEAD in France and Charles University in Prague). In addition, you will get acquainted with important segments of Europe’s rich history and cultural and religious heritage, as well as with everyday life in a European context.

NBA 5920. India

Organized by Professor Melvin Goldman 

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NBA5920 (India) will be a three plus week program with a project focus. Students will spend about ten days working with an Indian business student on a real business issue identified by companies in India. Projects range from advising entrepreneurs on their business strategy to advising a large corporation on planning for the downturn. Some participants will be working with a company in a consulting-like capacity; others will work in a business incubator environment. There will also be visits to a wide range of Indian corporations, including large factories and small hi-tech start-ups. The program is planned to start immediately after fall classes, including a week break for Christmas and New Years for traveling in India and end after the first week in January.

NBA 5920. Japan/South Korea

Organized by Mark B. Milstein, Lecturer of Strategy, Innovation, and Sustainable Global Enterprise

The course introduces students to the business environments of Japan and South Korea. Japan, the world's 2nd largest economy and always fascinating, is transforming itself for the 21st century, while South Korea, a rising star, leading LCD manufacturer, and Internet whiz, is finding its place between China and Japan. Much is done to put the corporate visits in the context of current economic, political, and social issues in each country, and to compare and contrast business operations in the two countries.

NBA 5920. Russia

Organized by Professor Elena Iankova for first-year MBAs in the second half of May after the end of the school year.

The study trip will introduce you to Russia’s competitive advantages in the global economy. You will get first-hand experience with the dynamic business processes and business operations in Russia by visiting a diverse set of companies and government offices. You will have lectures on Russia’s historical, cultural and economic development, and will also work on a joint project  with MBA students from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In addition, you will get acquainted with important segments of Russia’s culture and everyday life.

NBA 5920. Turkey and Bulgaria

Organized by Professor Elena Iankova for first- and second-year MBAs during the Winter break.

The study trip will introduce you to the competitive advantages and dynamic business processes in Turkey and Bulgaria. You will get first-hand experience with business operations in Turkey and Bulgaria by visiting a diverse set of companies and government offices. You will have lectures on Turkey’s and Bulgaria’s historical, cultural and economic development, and will also work on joint projects – case competitions with local students from Koc University’s Graduate School of Business in Istanbul and Sofia University’s Business School and Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness. In addition, you will get acquainted with important segments of Europe’s rich history and cultural and religious heritage, as well as with everyday life in Turkey and Bulgaria.

NBA 6310. Global Business, including a study trip to China

Organized by Professor Glen Dowell

NBA 6310 allows us to study global business concepts, then see them in action. After our seven weeks in the classroom in Ithaca, we take a trip to China in January, where we: work in conjunction with students from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, attend lectures from the CKGSB faculty that will give us insights into the current business conditions of the country, visit both Chinese companies and multinationals, and tour the fascinating cities of Beijing and Shanghai.