MBA Global Study Capstone Course

The Global Study capstone provides Tepper MBA students with exposure to international business culture that can’t be replicated in a classroom.

The Global Study capstone offers MBA students the opportunity to gain a broader perspective on global business through a four-week study abroad course. Students may choose between programs in Hong Kong and mainland China or Germany.

Participating students acquire a deeper understanding of business practices specific to that region through classes conducted by local partner schools. Through tours of local companies and meetings with business leaders, students observe how businesses operate in other parts of the world and increase their understanding of different business cultures. 

By spending extended time overseas, students also develop cross-cultural thinking skills and learn to navigate different cultures and social norms — crucial skills for any business professional in today’s global economy. In order to complete the course, students must return to the Tepper School at the end of the mini to participate in a project presentation. 

The Global Study capstone is also an option for part-time students. Please note: The cost of study abroad is not included in the Tepper School tuition.

MBA China Study Abroad

"The global study capstone was the icing on the cake of an already amazing MBA experience. I plan on spending my career with global companies, and now I have a deeper insight into the business landscape in China. I not only gained a better understanding of international business, I met some extraordinary people and strengthened the already strong bond I had with my classmates."

— Karin Lilliedahl, Tepper School MBA '17

Germany Study Abroad

MBA students travel to Koblenz and Berlin in Germany, and also Bratislava in Slovakia and Prague in the Czech Republic. Our partner school — WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management — is located in Koblenz. 

Students attend class Monday through Thursday, covering subjects including:

  • European Economic Integration 
  • Competing in European Markets 
  • Operations Management in Europe

Some companies visited by students in past years include:

  • The European Central Bank
  • Steuler Group
  • Leica Headquarters, Germany
  • Volkswagen
  • Commerzbank AG
  • Nestle, Prague

Hong Kong-China Study Abroad

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School is our partner for the Hong Kong-China Study Abroad capstone. Students will also travel to Macau, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

Most classes will be conducted in Hong Kong. Students attend classes Monday through Thursday, covering subjects including:

  • Bank Lending in China
  • Entrepreneurship in Asia: A Comparison on Government Support
  • Comparison of China’s Equity Markets: Hong Kong, Shanghai & Shenzhen
  • Corporate Governance in China 

Some companies visited by students in past years include:

  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
  • Cathay Pacific
  • The Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Yantian International Container Terminals