Kellogg’s new short-term study-abroad program opens up international opportunities for Part-Time MBA studentsBy Sara Langen
Participating in a study-abroad program is often one of the highlights of a student’s time at Kellogg. But for those in the Part-Time MBA Program, taking a long stretch of time off work to study in another country just isn’t feasible.
That’s why Kellogg launched a new, short-term study-abroad opportunity for Part-Time students at three of its strongest partner institutions this year.
“We wanted to broaden the international opportunities for the Part-Time students beyond classes like Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) and Global Lab,” said Debbie Kraus, assistant director of global study programs. “The study-abroad program is a positive addition to the mix — they compliment each other nicely. GIM is student-led and student-owned, whereas this program is completely put together by people at our exchange partner institutions, who are experts in their own right.”
The intensive study sessions range from one to three weeks this spring and summer. Partner institutions will include:
Students have the opportunity to learn about business from an international perspective and experience other cultures first-hand. Participants will network with students, faculty and professionals from around the world.
Twenty-six students have applied for 15 to 16 positions, Kraus said, with the course in China being the most popular. Since it’s the pilot program, administrators will assess feedback from partner institutions and participants and evaluate whether to expand the program to include more courses in other countries next year.
This addition to Kellogg’s global offerings is very welcomed by Part-Time students, Kraus said.
“Based on what a lot of them said in their essays, it’s very relevant for their careers, making them more knowledgeable contributors within their organizations,” she said. “It provides them with more opportunities for international exposure. Giving them as many of these on-the-ground opportunities as possible that are interesting to them is key.”
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