To develop a truly global mindset, first-year students are now required to travel abroad—the global component of the new Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) course—to work on a product or service idea in emerging markets. Last year, 900 students traveled to one of 12 cities in 10 countries for a weeklong immersion.
The HBS experience is inherently international. More than half of all HBS cases have an international focus, and a wide variety of MBA courses and cases directly address global business issues. To support its research and case development process, the School maintains a network of 9 global research centers in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, and Palo Alto . But the global connections at HBS are personal as well. Over the last few years, international students have represented over one-third of the MBA class. Every section is in itself a virtual seminar in international relations, drawing talented students from all over the world—and from every industry and professional interest—into active discussions enriched by diverse perspectives and points of view.