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A Global Context

International study tours are designed to help MBA students understand the opportunities and risks associated with the emergence of important markets in the world economy. They are one of a range of opportunities that help our students to gain international experience while at Rotman.

The Rotman MBA reflects the reality of doing business in the global economy, and the School’s location is a major asset. Toronto is the world’s most multicultural city, with over half the city’s population born outside of the country.

Helping to bring the world into the classroom, Rotman boasts one of the most international student bodies (48 per cent of the full-time class) and faculties (71 per cent) of any leading business school. You will have a range of opportunities, from a one-week study tour to a full semester abroad, to gain international experience while you earn your MBA.

23 partner schools

16 exchange countries

Exchanges Students have the option of studying at one of 23 leading universities worldwide (see list, below).

International Study Tours Designed to help MBA students understand the opportunities and risks associated with doing business on a global scale.

Doing Business Internationally MBA students gain a global perspective on business by studying abroad at one of Rotman’s international partner schools for one to two weeks.

International Consulting Projects Under the supervision of a Rotman faculty member, MBA students work on and deliver an in-depth study of a specific country or region, while gaining real-time experience.

Consider the opportunity to further internationalize your MBA by taking advantage of some of the activities listed below:

International Exchange Program

In 2011/12, MBA students participated in semester-long exchanges at 23 leading universities worldwide, studying everywhere from Switzerland to Singapore.

23 Partner Schools in 16 Countries 

Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney
Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

Tsinghua University, Beijing
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
China Europe International Business School, Shanghai
Fudan University, Shanghai

ESSEC Business School, Paris

WHU Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar
European Business School, Frankfurt

Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business, Tel Aviv University

SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan
Tec de Monterrey (ITESM)

RSM Erasmus, Rotterdam

National University of Singapore

South Africa
University of Cape Town

South Korea
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon

Instituto de Empresa, Madrid

University of St. Gallen

National Taiwan University

United Kingdom
London Business School
Manchester Business School 

International Study Tours

International Study Tours are designed to provide a framework with which to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the emergence of major new markets in the world economy. The trips include stopovers in major cities where students will learn firsthand what it is like to do business while participating in a number of cultural and tourist activities. Site visits to local, Canadian and international companies provide students with a well-rounded overview of the specific country.

Tours offered during the 2011-2012 academic year were:

  • China
  • Europe
  • India
  • Latin America

Doing Business Internationally (DBI) Intensive Program

The DBI offers alternative international experience: a hybrid of the International Exchange Program and the International Study Tours. Based at one of Rotman’s international partner schools, the DBI is an intensive course that focuses on how to do business in a specific country. The academic component of the program is overseen entirely by the partner school (in much the same way as the International Exchange Program) but does take place over the course of 1-2 weeks. Like the International Study Tours, the program includes activities outside of the classroom including company presentations, tours, roundtables table discussions, but these are truly secondary to the in-class piece.

DBI intensive programs offered during the 2011-2012 academic year included:

  • Germany
  • Israel
  • South Korea

International Consulting Projects

The International Consulting Project is a program in which IPSO has partnered with a variety of companies and organizations both in Canada and overseas to develop an internationally focused independent study project. Under the supervision of a Rotman faculty member, Rotman students will work on and deliver a project outlined by the partner. Projects are an in-depth study of a specific country or region and, in some cases, require international travel. ICPs offer students a chance to gain targeted international experience and contribute to companies abroad.

ICPs offered during the 2011-2012 academic year include:

  • Brazil – IT industry
  • Canada – Elective Health Care
  • Global – Governance, Finance
  • Global – G20, Digital G20
  • Israel – Medical Device
  • United Arab Emirates – Emerging Markets
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Video: Rotman, The World Awaits You

Explore our study tours, exchanges, internships and international consulting projects.

A Global Education

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