During the second year of the Global Immersion Track of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program, you’ll become part of an international cohort of approximately 60 working professionals—up to 15 students from each of the four prestigious business schools in the Americas Alliance who in conjunction offer the Americas MBA for Executives.

In year 2, you’ll be part of a traveling classroom with residencies in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. You will become part of a new cross-cultural team with representatives from each of our partner schools.

The curriculum is unique to each country. You’ll learn from the exceptional faculty of our partner schools who know these countries best. A member of the Vanderbilt faculty will oversee your international capstone strategy project, in which you will work with a multinational company to help solve specific business challenges in the Americas.

Throughout the immersion experiences, you’ll learn firsthand the culture, business practices, consumer perceptions, and behaviors of these four nations and economies. Studying among peers from these countries will afford you the insight and experience that will be invaluable throughout your career.

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In year two of the Global Immersion Track, you’ll study at four of the leading business schools in the Western Hemisphere. Different from other programs with international immersions, you’ll learn from faculty at each of these schools—people who already are immersed in the business practices and culture of each country.

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You’ll gain experience working with professionals in the four largest economies in the Americas: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. While each of the business cultures in these four countries is unique, learning how to do business there will help you develop the skills and international mindset that are critical to operating successfully across a global business environment.

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What Might Your Team Look Like?

As part of a Global Immersion Track team, students learn from each other as well as their cohort, which is comprised of students from four top business schools and 11 different countries. Meet one of our previous international project teams – Carlos, Adriana, Cinthia, Jorge, Bruno, and Ram.

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Creating and Launching the Venture

During the second year of the program, you and your cross-cultural C-Team will devise and write a business plan involving operations in the Americas for a startup or an expansion into a new area. You’ll start with a blank sheet of paper, write the plan, and then present it to venture capital firms for financing. This course – one of the hallmarks of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program – is another of the ways we equip you with an executive edge.

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Global Capstone Strategy Project

During and in-between your four international immersions, you and your cross-cultural C-Team will complete an Americas-related capstone strategy project for a company doing business in at least three of the four countries you’ll visit. It’s an assignment that simultaneously draws on what you’ve learned in the classroom and accelerates that learning by applying it in the real world, in real time.

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If you are serious about a global career—either an expat assignment or leadership position for a multinational company—the Global Immersion Track in Vanderbilt’s Executive MBA Program can give you a combination of advantages that is unique among U.S. business schools.

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The Global Immersion Experience

Vancouver Residency

The first international residency takes place at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

São Paulo Residency

The second residency takes place at the Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA) in São Paulo, Brazil.

Mexico City Residency

The third immersion takes place at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, Mexico.

Nashville Residency

The fourth and final residency is held at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee.

An Immersion Day in the Life

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