The Global MBA Student Experience

Three countries. Two continents. One unique MBA. Are you ready for an adventure? (photo by J. Michael Tasse, MBA '15)

First Semester: Shanghai, China, the city “on the sea,” “Paris of the East,” and the “Pearl of the Orient”

After an initial on-site student orientation in Cleveland, Ohio, Weatherhead students travel to join Xavier School of Management and Tongji students in Shanghai, China, for the first semester. Students begin the cross-continent education by diving right into company-based project work with local leaders of Shanghai’s prominent business sectors.

Spotlight Shanghai

China’s largest city by population and largest city proper by population in the world
Global financial and cultural center
Downtown nightlife and night lights
Historical landmarks include The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, the Lujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum

Second Semester: Jamshedpur, India, “Industrial Capital of Jharkhand,” the “Steel City”

During the second semester, students travel to India, where the Xavier School of Management’s international student exchange program offers a valuable resource in providing a smooth transition to settling into life in Jamshedpur. In addition to the coursework, this semester promises festival outings and cultural excursions.

Spotlight Jamshedpur

Largest and most populous Urban Agglomeration in the Indian State of Jharkland, population 1,337,131
Major industrial center of East India
One of six cities chosen in the UN Global Compact Cities pilot program
Surrounded by the picturesque Dalma Hills, famous for herds of wild elephants, trekking and mountain climbing

Third Semester: Cleveland, Ohio, United States, “The Forest City,” “The North Coast,” and “The Rock and Roll Capital of the World”

By the third semester, all Global MBA students will live and study in Cleveland, Ohio. Students will engage with local business leaders from a variety of industries through various round-table style mixer events.

Spotlight Cleveland

2,250,871 Population of Greater Cleveland
21,000+ Acres for outdoor recreation in Cleveland Metroparks
312 Miles of Lake Erie's Ohio shoreline
117+ Cultural and arts organizations
16th Most walkable of the fifty largest U.S. cities
10 Fortune 500 companies located in Northeast Ohio
7 Cleveland chefs and eateries featured on the Food Network
3rd Fashion Week Cleveland is the biggest in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles
2nd Playhouse Square Center is the largest in the U.S. after New York's Lincoln Center
2 Annual film festivals in Cleveland

Fourth Semester: Home

In the fourth and final semester, students from SEM-Tongji and Xavier School of Management return to their respective schools while Weatherhead students shift their focus to elective coursework.

Life at Weatherhead

The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) along with other student clubs provide opportunities for professional development, local community service activities, engagement with employers, and social gatherings such as cultural dinners, happy hours and wine tastings with sommeliers.

Students in the global MBA began CTX: BRACE, an international consulting club, in 2014. Follow their activity on their blog, CTX: BRACE Business Review and Consulting Endeavors.

You can also follow along with J. Michael Tasse, a current global MBA student from Detroit, Michigan, as he reflects on his educational, cultural, and business experiences throughout the program on his blog, Motor City Flow.

GBSA and Student Clubs

The active Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) along with Student Clubs provide opportunities for professional development, local community service activities, engagement with employers and social gatherings such as cultural dinners, happy hours and wine tastings with sommeliers.

Incoming students can run for a GBSA leadership position or join, revive or start a new student club with the assistance of the Weatherhead Student Experience Office. Here's a list of the student clubs: