Current Programs

The goals of our programs in international business are two-fold:  First, consistent with the mission statement of the school, a leadership role in knowledge production in the international business area is important (i.e., research).  Second, we endeavor to provide our students and executive groups with the tools to effectively manage global enterprise (i.e., teaching).  In this latter respect, we do not intend to train Americans for specific expatriate assignments.  Rather, we provide all our students and executive groups with the knowledge sets to supervise employees and operations in foreign countries and to implement global business strategies.  In addition, we expose our students to our own diverse faculty, the foreign nationals who attend the Merage School, and the students and faculty of a diverse set of international academic and commercial partners. The proximate goal is to promote students developing personal relationships and international networks that will serve them well into the 21st century.

International Residential Courses

International Residential Courses for MBAs serve more than 200 students per year, that is, some 60% of the annual cohort at the School. The courses consist of three weeks of preliminary work in Irvine, followed by a one-week trip abroad. Countries visited include:

      2015-16: Dubai, Cuba, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Germany, Hungary, Singapore, India

      2016-17: China, Cuba, Spain, India, Vietnam  

International Exchange Program for MBA Students   


Students now have the opportunity to visit a foreign business school for a quarter.  Five students chose to do so in 2016. This exchange program is often mentioned as one of the most important factors in the selection of MSB over other schools. This program benefits not only the students going abroad, but also local students who get to meet and work with incoming foreign students from a variety of nations. Ten fulltime MBA students can choose among fourteen schools in Asia, Europe, and South America for a fall quarter abroad. We also receive a like number of graduate business students from the same list of countries.


Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) for Undergraduate Students


In 2016, 15 Merage School undergraduates chose among universities in 45 countries for a quarter or year of study abroad.



International Elective Course List  


A broad range of international business electives are offered in the regular MBA and F/EMBA programs.


  • Multinational Finance
  • International Management
  • Global Strategy
  • International Marketing
  • International Negotiations
  • International Trade & Finance
  • US/Mexico Trade
  • Managing Cultural Diversity
  • Individual Study


MBA Education Enhancement


Numerous additional opportunities for MBA students interested in global perspectives are enabled by the Center. 


Undergraduate Programs  


Participation in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or an international residential course is strongly encouraged for all domestic undergraduate business majors. Foreign students are also encouraged to explore a new culture.