Global Immersion Program

When you learn at Wharton, you can lead anywhere in the world.

Business is the means for creating opportunity around the world, and Wharton’s commitment to global engagement prepares you for every challenge in the international business environment. You learn the language of global business, engage with complex interconnected global issues, gain opportunities to study and travel abroad, and become an empowered global citizen.

Southeast Asia GIP 2015-2016
“I thought it would be hard to pinpoint ‘the best’ experience I had at Wharton. But after the Southeast Asia GIP – the people, the countries, the travel experience – it is without a doubt the best adventure I embarked on.” – Colleen McQuillan, WG’17

The Global Immersion Program (GIP
) is an elective course, MGMT656, designed to provide a high-level survey of the economic, cultural and geo-political drivers behind regions integral to the global economy. By attending faculty lectures and traveling abroad to meet with local business leaders, government officials, and Wharton alumni, students have the opportunity to learn from a tremendous group of professionals while also immersing themselves in another culture and building strong relationships with their GIP cohort. The course is composed of on-campus sessions, a multi-week study tour, and written assignments. Programs depart after finals in December and during Spring Break in March. Since its inception in 1993, more than 2,000 Wharton MBA students have participated in the GIP. Many have returned saying it was one of the highlights of their Wharton careers.

The overall objectives of the program are:

  • To provide an understanding of the region’s business, cultural, and political environments;
  • To achieve a working knowledge of local business practices through direct interaction with managers and government officials;
  • To explore the value of different economic models as benchmarks for global business practices; and
  • To promote intercultural awareness and communication