The Global MBA Student Experience

The Global MBA student’s experience is unlike any other at Weatherhead and in management education around the world. While in Cleveland, Jamshedpur, and Shanghai, students have the opportunity to not only immerse themselves in the cultural and social settings, but learn new ways of business management through collaboration with fellow Global MBA students and industry leaders.

The Three-Country, Two-Continent Journey

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.

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.

By the third semester, all Global MBA students will live and study in Cleveland, Ohio. During this semester students can partake in selected activities organized by the Weatherhead Career Management Office. Students will engage with local business leaders from a variety of industries, which are currently thriving in the United States, through various round-table style mixer events.

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.

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:


The diversity of our student body enriches the Weatherhead experience with different perspectives. In addition to Dynamic Weatherhead Women in Business and the Multicultural Business Student Association, student groups that support diversity include local chapters of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA).

Around the Neighborhood

Weatherhead is nestled in the heart of Cleveland and its arts and cultural district — University Circle — students enjoy living, learning and playing in one of the most concentrated areas of health care, education, and arts and culture in the world. University Circle boasts 15 museums and cultural institutions like the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art, four medical centers including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, 10 religious organizations, more than 30 restaurants, and a total of eight education centers.

Weatherhead is also within walking distance of the city's "new downtown" called Uptown. Uptown includes emerging favorite spots such as a specialty market, a local ice cream shop, pubs, the campus bookstore, the city’s new Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and casual- to fine-dining restaurant options.

Access the following websites to learn more about Cleveland, check out this video to learn why Weatherhead students love Cleveland, and read Life at Weatherhead, a blog written by current students and alumni.