Global Modular Courses

Wharton Global Modular Courses deliver global, experience-based learning to MBA, executive MBA, and undergraduate students. Global Modular Courses (GMCs) are offered in an intensive workshop format over three to seven days in business hubs around the world.

Students understand applicable business opportunities and practice through project- and team-based immersive learning, in a geographic location relevant to the subject matter during school breaks. Each year since 2010, around 12 courses are offered each year in countries including Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Israel,  and the United Kingdom.

GMCs expose students to a unique combination of local immersion, course concepts and emerging business issues. The topics and locations of these give students first-hand exposure to business challenges and opportunities in regions undergoing rapid change — for example, energy and infrastructure in Brazil, global supply chain management in China, and marketing in emerging economies such as India and China. In addition, the GMCs enable students to work across degree programs (undergraduate, full-time MBA and WEMBA) and schools (with students from host institutions). Planning for these courses requires the development of new teaching materials, access to live cases from the region, and the creation of a new, intensive learning format.

Each year about 450 Wharton students — undergraduates, MBAs, and executive MBAS — enroll in these courses. The diversity of the student body coming from Wharton’s programs, which normally don’t have many opportunities to interact with one another on campus, as well as each course’s ties to a local partner university, and the opportunity to bring to the classroom prominent leaders working in these regions, made GMCs extremely dynamic and exciting learning experiences for everyone involved.

Global Modular Course Schedule, 2018-2019

Winter Break 2018-2019

MGMT 897: Lessons from Israeli Innovation (0.5 cu)

Professors David Hsu and David Zvilichovsky | Tel-Aviv, Israel | Local Partner:  Coller School of Management TAU

December 30 – January 2, 2019


MGMT 897: Managing in Emerging Economies: Brazil's Economic Recovery and Corporate Champions (0.5 cu)

Professor Mauro Guillen | Sao Paulo, Brazil

January 6-9, 2019


MKTG 893: Marketing to the Indian Consumer (0.5 cu)

Professor Jagmohan Rahu | Mumbai, India, Local Partner: Indian School of Business

January 7-9, 2019


Spring Break 2019

FNCE 896: Finance in Europe (0.5 cu)

Professors Bulent Gultekin, Joao Gomes & Bilge Yilmaz | London, United Kingdom

March 4-6, 2019


HCMG 890: Opportunities and Challenges in Africa: Healthcare and Business in Ethiopia (0.5)

Professors Ezekiel Emanuel & Heather Schofield | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 4-7, 2019


LGST 898: Conducting Business in Emerging Economies: Colombia (0.5 cu)

Professor Philip Nichols | Bogota and Medellin, Colombia

March 4-7, 2019


MGMT 897: Sustaining National Competitiveness by Leveraging Capabilities: Japan (0.5 cu)

Professors JohnPaul MacDuffie | Tokyo, Japan

March 4-7, 2019


MGMT 897: Competitive Advantage in the Leisure Industry: Portugal & Spain (0.5 cu)

Professors Mauro Guillén & Emilie Feldman | Madrid, Spain & Porto, Portugal

March 4-7, 2019


OIDD 899: Global Supply Chain in China (0.5 cu)

Professors Marshall Fisher and Edwin Keh | Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai

March 4-9, 2019


Summer (May) 2019

LGST 899: Sustainable Growth in ASEAN: Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia (0.5 cu)

Professors Janice Bellace & Chin Tiong Tan | Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia | Local Partner:   Singapore Management University, Singapore

May 22-27, 2019


MGMT 897: Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Buenos Aires (0.5 cu)

Professors Rahul Kapoor and Ignacio Pena | Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 27-30, 2019


MKTG 893: Marketing in Emerging Economies: Understanding & Marketing to the Chinese Consumer (0.5 cu)

Professor John Zhang | Beijing, China | Local Partner: Guanghua School of Management

May 27-29, 2019


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