Full-Time MBA/International Business in Context

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The International Business in Context module is part of the Durham University Business School Full-Time MBA. During the module students will have the opportunity to explore some of the most relevant topics in today’s global environment. The classes and global business experience (study trips) will allow students to develop awareness of business and management issues in an international context. The module will also contribute to participants’ understanding of the role of national culture and language in the international business environment. During the module students will choose one of the study trip destinations to visit: China, Germany or Spain. During the trip students will have the opportunity to visit local leading international companies and attend classes taught by lecturers from the partner universities. 

Follow this link for the Module Description.

As part of the International Business in Context module, you will visit leading international companies overseas; the following are planned destinations for 2018/19:


Language Study

The module also includes 2.5 hours per week of language study in German, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish; the language being linked to the study visit destination. The module will introduce students to the fundamentals of the language, providing the foundations for future learning, and basics skills to facilitate students in your study trip, all in the context of the culture around doing business in the country. Language courses are usually designed assuming little or no prior knowledge of the language. If students are considering a study trip to a location for which they already have some knowledge of the language, this can be discussed at the time of enrolment. The language component is formally assessed alongside other learning outcomes close to the time of the study visit.

What Is Included

What Is Not Included

We would recommend that students budget a minimum of £350-£400 (approximately) to cover expenses whilst in the relevant countries.

A sample itinerary can be found File:GERMANY - DUBS-MBA18 itinerary-overview.pdf

Visa Applications

The links below provide further detailed information:

China - http://edinburgh.china-consulate.org/eng/

Germany - http://www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/02/2Edinburgh/Edinburgh.html

Spain - http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/EDIMBURGO/en/Pages/inicio.aspx

We cannot advise on the VISA requirements for other countries; students are to refer to the relevant Embassy/Consulate for guidance on VISA matters, including what type of visa you may require. To re-enter the UK, a student will need to have a valid student visa. If you are unsure about the expiry date of your own VISA please contact the University's International Office international.office@durham.ac.uk, 0191 334 6328

Application Process

Following arrival at the Business School in September 2018, students are asked to choose their preferred first and second choices for destinations; they are then informed of their destinations by the middle of October 2018.

International Destinations 

At the end of October 2018, students will be asked to complete a travel booking appointment and accompanying form to gather information to book their flights for each international destination. Please review your DUO (Durham University Online) web pages once in the Business School for further advice.

Feedback from Students

“The IBC trip truly consolidates the Durham MBA in the sense that you are left with greater understanding of how it all fits together. An amazing experience and one of the true highlights of the Durham MBA.” (Jonas Jorgensen, Full-time MBA)

"The trip to Mannheim, its Business School, companies and city was an enriching experience. In particular, I enjoyed very much the lectures that were provided on current challenges on EU economic and monetary integration and on international management with a German perspective. The visit to Frankfurt and the Stock Exchange was also very exciting- highly recommended experience!” (Roberto Lopez, Full-time MBA)


Lengler, Jorge.png Dr Jorge Lengler, Module Leader Naude, Caron.jpg Caron Naude, Assistant Programme Manager Pauline Dowson Photograph.jpg Pauline Dowson-Pounder, Programme Coordinator (International)

For further information please email business.studyabroad@durham.ac.uk

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