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Compulsory MBA International Study Module



USB's MBA includes the International Study Module (8 credits) abroad to enhance students' international exposure. This consists of studies at foreign business schools and visits to global companies. The cost of this module is included in the MBA fees.

This International Study Module forms part of the USB's strategy of international exposure to produce well-rounded managers who can lead people and organisations anywhere in the world.

Use the International Study Module to grow a global mind-set

All MBA students need to do the compulsory MBA International Study Module at a foreign business school (one of USB's partner schools) to enhance their international exposure. The cost of this module is included in the MBA study fees at a fixed dollar rate. The aim of this study module is to develop managers with global mind-sets. It is about preparing them to work in a global environment, and helping them to understand cultural differences in order to turn cultural competence into a competitive advantage. It is also about developing leaders with an awareness of the ethics and values of today's business space. The International Study Module includes company visits and cultural activities.

In 2017, MBA study visits have been arranged to these countries:
  • Argentina – Austral Group, Buenos Aires: Doing Business in Argentina: Culture, Marketing and Manufacturing
  • Belgium – Vlerick Business School, Ghent: Leading Business in Times of Change
  • Canada – Laval University, Quebec: The influence of culture on business illustrated in the context of Quebec and North America
  • China – Fudan University, School of Management, Shanghai: Marketing Financial Services in China
  • Columbia – Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Bogota: Doing Business in Colombia
  • Egypt – American University in Cairo, Cairo: Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Middle East
  • EMBA Consortium options – Italy, Russia, USA, China, Turkey, UK, India or Brazil: Global Business Innovation (with other executive MBA students from around the world). Also see below.
  • France – Burgundy School of Business, Dijon: Strategic Management of Innovation
  • France – EDC Paris Business School, Paris: Global Luxury Management and Marketing
  • France – EM Strasbourg Business School, Strasbourg: Sustainable and Green Business
  • France – Grenoble School of Management, Grenoble: Technology Management and Innovation
  • Germany – Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Frankfurt: Manufacturing Excellence and Industry
  • Ireland – University College Dublin, Dublin: Managing around the World – International Roundtables for Practicing Managers
  • Italy – SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan: Digital Strategy
  • Netherlands – Nyenrode Business School, Nyenrode: Innovation, Culture and Change Management
  • Rwanda and Kenya – University of Rwanda in Kigali: Social Innovation and Global Innovation, and Strathmore Business School in Nairobi: Sustainability in Today’s Market – An East African Case
  • Singapore – Nanyang Business School, Singapore: Business and the Asian Paradigm
  • Slovenia – IEDC-Bled School of Management, Bled: Leadership
  • UK – Bath and London, University of Bath School of Management: Operating within/outside the EU – The Impact of Brexit
  • UK – Nottingham Business School, Nottingham: Change and Consultancy
  • USA – Bentley University, Boston: Creativity and Innovation
  • USA – San Jose State University, San Jose: Silicon Valley Experience for Executives – Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • USA – Temple University, Fox Business School, Philadelphia: Strategic Decision Making, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 


​About the EMBA ​Consortium

The EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation is the result of collaboration by ten business schools located in key regions around the world. USB is one of the EMBA Consortium’s member schools.​

Every year, at the same time, each school offers a week-long programme to MBA students from the participating schools. EMBA's philosophy is that by offering a global portfolio of geographically focused programmes, students can confront the reality of doing business in vastly different settings in ways that reinforce previous learning and provide a global perspective on business innovation, which is critical in today's environment. By living in and learning from different markets, teachers, colleagues, companies, government institutions and cultures, even if for only a relatively short period of time, students will experience a paradigm shift that will serve them well for years to come.

In 2017, USB's MBA students can choose between programmes (serving as International Study Module options) at these schools: Alma (Bologna, Italy), Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India), ​ MIRBIS (Moscow, Russia), FIU (Miami, USA), COPPEAD (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Chongqing (Chongqing, China), Sabanci (Istanbul, Turkey), Cranfield (Cranfield, UK) and San Jose (California, USA). Find details at​



The fees of the International Study Module are included in the total programme fees for the MBA. The cost of USB's International Study Module amounts to US$ 5 000. This is linked to the rand-dollar exchange rate. Note, however, that the fees for the 2018 International Study Module may have to be adjusted based on the exchange rate.​

MBA students also have various exchange study options at the USB's partner schools around the world.

More information

​Maynette De Wee 

Coordinator: Outgoing Programmes
University of Stellenbosch Business School
P O Box 610, Bellville 7535, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 918 4127
Fax: +27 (0)21 918 4195
Cell: +27 (0)72 587 7330