Global Practicum

A Global Perspective: Consulting Project II

We don’t have to stress the value of a global business perspective, which is why we’ve added the Global Consulting Practicum into our new curriculum. This course is designed to enrich a student’s awareness of the geographic, economic, political, social, cultural, and competitive factors that shape strategic decision-making in a global marketplace. 

In this final capstone experience, students partner with a multinational corporation and assist in exploring possible solutions to a market issue it is currently facing.

At the start of the course, a member of the company’s senior management team presents the challenge and answers students’ questions. In the 14 weeks that follow, students conduct research and then visit with company employees during a one-week immersion at an international site to increase their understanding of the local market environment. Throughout this experience, dedicated internal consultants comprised of alumni and local professionals team with the students to provide additional advice and guidance as they formulate their recommendations.

Fast Track students are required to participate in the international immersion, which takes place over spring break in the second year of their program. The Global Consulting Practicum is also offered every semester in a domestic format, an option designed to provide flexibility for students who are unable to travel. 

MBA students visited the U.S. Embassy during their international trip to Syndey, Australia.
MBA students visited the U.S. Embassy during their international trip to Syndey, Australia.

Elective International Immersions

In addition to traditional electives, the Villanova MBA program includes several international immersion electives to provide students additional opportunities to expand their global mindset. Held over the winter break or in the summer semester, these electives take an in-depth look at a country’s business and cultural environment, and include a two-week immersion experience.

International electives have included immersions to:  

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
  • Sydney, Australia 
  • Milan, Italy 
  • Belgium and Poland, The European Union
  • Shanghai and Beijing, The People’s Republic of China  

Prior to their departure, students participate in classroom discussions on local business practices and cultural norms in preparation for their experience. These academic lessons continue in country and are coupled with corporate, governmental, and cultural visits.

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
As part of the elective immersion in Dubai, students met with executives from the financial services, manufacturing, and petroleum industries, as well as visited cultural sites such as the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.