The Washington State University Carson College of Business offers online Executive MBA students the opportunity to travel abroad for a ten-day residency — yet another feature that distinguishes the WSU program from so many other EMBA programs. Those who attend can gain a firsthand perspective on a dynamic market, as well as a chance to meet face-to-face with their peers and network with professionals outside the U.S.
Previous trips have taken EMBA students to Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian in China to get an inside look at businesses such as Nike, Boeing, Porsche, Baosteel, Han Kun Law Offices, and Careers International. Students were also encouraged to explore the Chinese culture, including the following tours:
- The Great Wall
- Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
- Bicycle ride on the 2,000-year-old Xian City Wall
- Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
- Everlasting Sorrow Show
"Traveling to a foreign country is a life-changing experience for anyone. The field study allows students to interact with another culture and learn the challenges in doing business around the world. It’s this global perspective that you cannot learn in a textbook."
EMBA Online, Class of 2015
Manager of Worldwide Training Delivery, John Deere
"I went into the class thinking it was going to be about the technical side of doing business in a foreign country, such as accounting rules, legal and immigration requirements, etc. What I discovered in the class was more about the cultural aspects of doing business in China — learning the value of building relationships, establishing a respect and understanding of someone before the business relationship work can begin. You cannot place a value on the difference between reading about something and experiencing it in person."
EMBA Online, Class of 2013
Planning and Operations Director, Nike