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.
|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|
|Ranked as safest city in China, Shanghai Daily|
|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.
|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.
|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.
Common Questions about the Global MBA
Answered by current global MBA student, J. Michael Tasse
What value is there in studying business in India and China?
Even for the most experienced European or South American travelers, China and India have a reputation for being foreign experiences. That's exactly why the Weatherhead GMBA program is fit for an MBA seeking to prove herself fit for any business environment post-graduation. The global MBA program pushes students to be independent and learn to operate in China and India, but at the same time it provides support through the universities involved.
I don't speak the language; how will this impact my experience socially and educationally?
You will have no problem communicating in English in either China or India, where most if not all students are multilingual and speak English fluently. The real language you learn includes a cultural understanding and different ways of looking at the world via your international classmates and professors.
Are the campuses safe? What measures are taken to protect us?
Shanghai is an incredibly safe metropolis. I traveled the most extensively of all of the GMBA students, and even visited places my fellow Shanghainese students had not been. Even late into the night in Shanghai, trouble is hard to come by, and you are always near a subway of some form which extensively covers the entire region. India is a bit different, but you will naturally find yourself involved in more group outings and experiences there. It's just a more group-oriented culture, and you will learn why when you are there. The campus at XLRI is flawlessly protected not only by guards, but also is tucked into a small corner of Jamshedpur and is very quiet.
Growing up in Detroit, I had it tougher there than I did in either of the two countries, though I have also never had a problem in Detroit.
How can the global MBA help me achieve my career goals in contrast to a traditional, full-time MBA program?
Because I want to spend my life involved in international projects of consulting and community development, creating entrepreneurial culture and developing transportation infrastructure throughout the world, having extensive experience in India and China provides me with a different way to see the world, and this comes out fluently in interviews, conversation with employers and elevator speeches with recruiters. The challenge for me now is choosing which country in the world to work in and beginning to define the approach therein. The other goal this program helped me accomplish was understanding exactly just how big the world is, and how that relates to future job opportunities. A connection to two-sevenths of the world’s population via their country/culture is something that any company moving into the future should have as a prerequisite.
Was the transition from China to India a difficult one?
The transition into China is softened because 1) you are in school and 2) you are in Shanghai, a world city like NYC, Amsterdam, Singapore or Buenos Aires.
As for going from China to India, the educational rigor is more demanding in India, and so to me that time flew by the fastest, even though the Shanghai semester is clearly one of exploration in an rapidly developing metropolis. Jamshedpur, India, where XLRI is located, is a planned city, which also softens the blow of the intensity of India. It is a perfect introduction into another one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Roads are nice, streets are lined beautifully with trees, shopping is easy, yet it still provides the street-market style culture of India. Overall, the transition is intense, but by the time I was in India, I had the friendships of my Indian classmates to guide me through the confusion and culture.
What support, friendships, and networking did you find among the students from CWRU and those from India and China?
Future batches of GMBA students now have access to an alumni group and a "buddy system," where students are paired with an alumnus/a, if you choose. The global MBA alumni are passionate about helping you through your experience. Alumni are invested in the program because it truly is one of a kind, and I personally am extremely proud to be part of an MBA program that clearly is the future of business education.
I have food allergies; will this be a problem for me?
Because students do not have access to kitchens in their living spaces, students eat out regularly. Restaurants in China and India do not list on their menus Gluten/nut/soy/dairy allergies, so it can be difficult for students who have such allergies to ensure their food is free of specific allergens.
I have seasonal allergies/asthma; should I be concerned about the air quality?
Air quality is not very good in China or India and could be a problem for those with lung ailments.