The Notre Dame Executive MBA

international Immersion


An International Immersion is required for South Bend program students and provides an opportunity for students to sharpen their understanding of international relations and strategy.

The students undertake the international field study at the end of their first year. This course connects the students with companies and organizations throughout the world, allowing them to customize their Executive MBA experience through project-based work in an international setting. In the past, South Bend Executive MBA students have traveled to Brussels and EU headquarters, China, Turkey, England and South America, markets that will have tremendous impact on the continued vibrancy of U.S. commerce.

Each project team includes up to six students, and includes faculty advisors and workshops to mentor them through the immersion. The project concludes with a formal presentation to faculty and the sponsoring organization.

The International Immersion provides a capstone experience to the first year of study, providing an opportunity to apply what they have learned and build new skills. Projects may include subjects such as business strategy, market entry, operational improvements and financial analysis. Students will have the chance to interact with influential governmental officials and business leaders while they develop intercultural awareness, and develop a better understanding of money and markets, competition policy, regulatory convergence, lobbying, ethics, and accounting standards.


Through this optional International Immersion, Notre Dame Executive MBA students in the Chicago program are exposed to financially and culturally burgeoning markets and challenged regions in need of our business acumen. Students who choose to participate will travel with the traditional MBA program either in the fall or spring after graduation. The most recent immersions have been to Beijing and Shanghai, China; and Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, locations are subject to change. The experience is non-project based and expenses associated with the trip are not included in the tuition.