EMBA
International Residency

During the spring of Year Two, the Executive MBA class attends a ten-day international residency as an integral and final part of the Year Two Global Enterprise course. This trip is required as it ensures that classroom discussions and theory on the global business landscape are brought to life.

During the international residency, you will:

  • Immerse yourself in international business by visiting up to 10 corporations in the host country to better understand the differences and complexities inherent in doing business globally, including staffing, financial, legal and political structures, economics, social customs and career issues for expats.
  • Meet with and discuss global business challenges with corporate executives (often Vanderbilt alumni) at the local host corporations.
  • Experience the cuisine and culture of the host country during the evenings with your classmates.


The location of the international residency is determined by the Executive Programs team (with input from students) based on relevance to the students in the class and their work challenges, availability and access to Vanderbilt alumni and corporate executives, and current political and economic events. Recent countries visited include Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Vietnam. Prior Executive MBA classes have traveled to Europe (Budapest, Istanbul, Vienna, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam), Latin America (Santiago, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) and Asia (Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Ho Chi Min City).