Global Experience

More than “international,” global means understanding how a range of academic subjects, market forces, politics and people come together to make an organization work. It also means working with people from all over the world on issues that affect us all.

About 30 percent of Kellogg students are citizens of nations other than the United States, and more than 50 percent of U.S. students have lived or worked abroad at least three months. Kellogg faculty members have broad international experience: About one-quarter were born and educated in other nations, and many others have studied or taught at universities outside the United States. The International Business major is one of the school’s most popular, and Kellogg sponsors exchange programs with 18 management schools around the world.

Options for studying global business include:

  • International Business major
    The Kellogg International Business major provides students with specialized tools in finance, marketing, organizations and management strategy to help them understand the international dimensions of business. Learn more about International Business courses. 
  • Global Initiatives in Management
    For many students, one of the highlights of the Kellogg School experience is participation in our distinctive Global Initiatives in Management program. Under the guidance of faculty advisers, student leaders plan ten-week curricula to prepare their classmates for an intensive two-week field research project conducted in the chosen region. While abroad, students meet with high-level government officials and business executives to complete the research needed for their final projects. Past projects have included the privatization of banking in Central Europe, emerging market strategies for the telecommunications sector in China and a possible Olympic bid by South Africa. In 2008, 500 students took part in GIM conducting research in China and Korea, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
  • Other international opportunities

Many of the Kellogg School's student-run clubs have an international focus, such as the African Business Association, the Asian Management Association, the Australian Club, the Canadian Club, the Chinese Business Club, the European Business Club, the French-speaking Club, the Hispanic Business Student Association, the Indian Business Club and the Latin American, Hispanic and Iberian Management Association.

Global speakers and visitors
The Kellogg School’s worldwide network of alumni and corporate contacts gives students the opportunity to learn from and interact with a variety of global leaders. Notable guests to the school have included:

  • Nandan Nilekani, CEO, president and managing director Infosys
  • Alvaro Diez de Medina, Uruguayan ambassador to the US
  • Yoram Dinstein, president of Tel Aviv University
  • Ion Dianconescu, president of the Romanian parliament
  • Asda Jayanama, Thailand’s ambassador to the United Nations
  • Peter Augustsson, CEO of SKF Group in Sweden
  • Yongji Duan, CEO of Stone Group Co. in China
  • Omar Carneiro, president of AT&T Brazil
  • Leticia Costa, vice president for Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. – Brazil 

International alliances are also a means of sharing knowledge about business education and international business, and promoting cooperation between business schools and their faculties.
The Kellogg School maintains active alliances with:

  • Guanghua School of Management (China)
  • Indian School of Business (India)
  • Sasin Graduate School of Business Administration (Thailand)
  • Keio Business School at Keio University in Tokyo (Japan)
  • Solvay Business School at the University of Brussels (Belgium)
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