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MBA Immersion Program

MBA Immersion Program

UQ Business School's MBA students and recent MBA alumni gain a new perspective on international business by taking part in the MBA Immersion Program. These optional Immersion Tours provide a unique business and cultural experience, and will give you a depth of insight that cannot be matched in the classroom

Develo​ping Global Insight

The MBA ​Immersion Program is open to all MBA students (full-time and part-time) and recent MBA alumni. It features a variety of Immersion Tours to selected countries each year.

The MBA Immersion Program is an extra-curricular offering designed to broaden students' global business experience and translate classroom learning into practice. Students elect to participate in an Immersion Tour of their choice and pay an additional fee.

By participating in the program, you have the opportunity to:

  • Meet local representatives from industry, government and the not-for profit sector.
  • Learn about the country's economy and what is driving growth.
  • Understand the political system and its impact upon business.
  • Develop appreciation of culturally dissimilar business and social environments.
  • Develop your own networks within the country and career opportunities.

Destination In​dia

Since the inaugural tour to India in 2013 students have taken part in industry panels at the High Commission in Delhi, met business leaders from a wide range of sectors, attended lectures at The Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad and The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). They have worked with the microfinance charity Opportunity International Australia meeting woman entrepreneurs who have started thriving businesses to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose.

The MBA Director together with MBA Alumni and former Australian test cricketer, Michael Kasprowicz, lead the tour. Students consistently rate the tour 7 out of 7 in terms of the overall experience and have found their perspectives in relation to India and emerging economies transformed as a result of the Immersion.

“India will forever leave an imprint on our minds. The hope and optimism of its people, offered inspiring lessons for us all.” Mohit Rao, MBA Alumni.

   “The India MBA Immersion Tour provided us with an insightful and unique overview to the business environment and culture in India. We were fortunate to be exposed to a very thoughtful and diverse set of experiences with ISB lectures, company tours and industry panel discussions. It was a truly exhilarating and energising experience.” Laetitia St Baker, MBA student.

Destinat​io​n China

The MBA Director together with MBA Alumni Chris Henderson lead the tour to China. Highlights of past China Immersion tours have  included:

  • Lectures at Fudan University School of Business and engagement with their MBA Students and Faculty.
  • A visit to Peking University Guanghua School of Management.
  • Meeting staff from ?What If! Innovation to learn how they partner with businesses to build in-house innovation capabilities.
  • A factory visit to see manufacturing operations for Brisbane based Super Retail Group (owner of SuperCheap Auto, Rebel sport, BCF, and more)
  • A visit to GE’s research and development lab.

“The immersion program is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and certainly provides a great context for my MBA studies. I now have an improved understanding of the international and local challenges for working with China thanks to the well-structured relevant lectures and company visits. The cohort group and staff made the trip a very enjoyable experience and helped motivate each other to learn and to share ideas.” Dylan Bull, MBA student.

Destination Ar​gentina​

In 2015 students and alumni lead by the MBA Director, headed to Argentina for our inaugural Latin America Immersion tour. Highlights included:

  • Company visits to 3M, and Globant (innovators in the food industry).
  • The delegates attended a full day conference discussing “Doing Business in Latin America” at IAE Business School.
  • A seminar (including tastings) from experts in the Argentine Wine Industry.
  • The tour was capped off with a full day Polo match.

Kate Peppin, MBA Alumni “The Argentina Immersion trip was a fantastic experience. The lectures at IAE [Business School] gave a frank and dynamic insight into Argentina's complex economic and political history (and future) … The Australian Trade Commission gave a gritty and interesting overview of the realities of doing business … I feel like we've come away from the trip with some lifelong friends”.

Upcoming Internat​ional Immersions Tours

MBA Immersion Program terms and conditions

  • MBA Students and MBA Alumni can participate in more than one Immersion Tour
  • Places for each tour are limited, and filled on a first-in, first-served basis
  • A non-refundable deposit of AUD $1000.00 is required upon registration to secure a place on each Immersion Tour
  • Deposits will only be refunded if the Immersion Tour registered for is cancelled by the School
  • Immersion Tour participants must travel as a group and cannot book their own flights, accommodation or the like for a reduced fee
  • The final payment of the outstanding balance for an Immersion Tour is payable in full, two months from the tour departure date
  • During participation in an Immersion Tour currently enrolled MBA students are covered by UQ’s standard global business insurance. Click here for terms and conditions, and policy details
  • MBA Alumni, while not currently enrolled students, may receive the same coverage as currently enrolled MBA students, Click here for terms and conditions, and policy details
  • Any coverage provided by UQ Insurance is arranged through the MBA Coordinator, Caron Crossan, at the time of final payment for your selected tour
  • By registering and paying a deposit you agree to these terms and conditions

China

  • Travel dates: 2017 tour dates will be released early 2017
  • Itinerary: View a sample itinerary for this tour
  • Tour fee: 2017 tour fees will be released early 2017
  • Registration: 2017 tour registrations will open early 2017

India

  • Travel dates: 2017 tour dates will be released early 2017
  • Itinerary: View a sample itinerary for this tour
  • Tour fee: 2017 tour fees will be released early 2017
  • Registration: 2017 tour registrations will open early 2017
  • Additional information:

Questions?​

Contact the MBA Team, mba@business.uq.edu.au, if you have additional questions about the MBA Immersion Program