Global Immersion Program 2024 Overview


Global Immersion is an experiential program that is designed to familiarize participants with the challenges and opportunities of doing business in and with countries and economies around the world. Each Global Immersion course consists of class time, required reading, travel to the region, and graded assignments.  Students taking the Global Immersion program will graduate with 48 credit hours instead of 45 credit hours.

During your time abroad, you will make company visits, meet with local business and government leaders, tour significant cultural and historical sites, and take part in shared dining and entertainment courses. Course projects will also vary by section, and specific requirements are course-dependent. Previous course projects have included: cross-border entrepreneurial business plans; multinational sourcing and logistics challenges; new market entry or marketing plans; examining investment options; conducting M&A due diligence; and developing a business model canvas (BMC) for a local business or industry as well as participating in a global case competition alongside students from the immersion country.

All hybrid, in-person, and online MBA students in the Class of 2024 in good academic standing (min 3.0 GPA) are eligible for Global Immersion. Space is limited, and course enrollment/travel groups will be capped at a number that optimizes student learning. There will also be a minimum number of registrants required for each section.

Key Dates

September 1Application Launches
October 1Scholarship Application Deadline
October 15Application & Non-Refundable Program Fee ($500) Deadline
December 1Spring Tuition Due
March 8/9-17Travel Dates (Spring Break)


This online application and non-refundable program fee ($500) are due Sunday, October 15 at 11:59 pm ET.

Payment Methods
The $500 program fee can be paid by check, money order, or cashier checks and made payable to “Wake Forest University.” Payments can be given to Emma Butterworth in Charlotte or Courtney Burton in Winston-Salem or mailed to the following address:

MBA Global Immersion Program
Wake Forest School of Business
1834 Wake Forest Rd
Farrell Hall, Building 60
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
ATTN: Courtney Burton, Suite 115

Payments can be made by credit card here. A 5% processing fee will be applied. (Link Pending)

Contact Courtney Burton, Global Immersion Program Administrator

Tuition & Program Fee

$500Non-Refundable Program Fee Due October 15, 2023
$46653-credit MBA course Due December 1 (Spring 2024 Tuition Deadline)

On-ground travel costs/fees are included in the tuition ($4655) for this course plus the non-refundable program fee ($500). Course tuition will be billed to your student account as part of your spring tuition.

What’s Included
The course tuition & program fee cover travel-related expenses, including accommodations while abroad, in-country transportation, guides/ translators, some touring/tickets to cultural and historical visits, course literature, and trip insurance.

What’s Not Included
The cost of international airfare, visas and/or passports, meals other than those included in the trip itinerary, entertainment, and independent activities that are not part of the trip are not included in the program cost.

If you do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Even if you are not traveling on this trip, it’s always good to have a valid passport! If you already have one, it should be valid for at least six months after you return home and have two or more blank pages, depending on your destination. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Limited scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit an essay of not more than 1,000 words outlining the following:

  • Your financial need
  • Your academic achievements
  • Whether your educational expenses are being covered or supplemented by a source other than yourself
  • Your interest in the country/region to which you wish to travel
  • The specific goals/desired result you hope to achieve through this experience
  • Any other relevant information you deem appropriate

Please submit your scholarship essay to Courtney Burton at

The deadline to submit your essay is October 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.  Award notifications will be made by October 6, 2023. Final decisions will be emailed to all applicants at the same time and before the application deadline. The Office of Financial Aid will be notified of any monies received.

If you have questions about how a scholarship award may impact your current financial aid package (if any), please contact the Financial Aid Office at 336.758.4048, or email the Financial Aid team at

Professional Code of Conduct

The time abroad is treated the same as a business trip. Students are expected to exude consummate professionalism at all times. Students will practice timeliness and punctuality, dress appropriately for the environment, communicate with thoughtful and considerate language, prepare in a thorough manner, and comport themselves with honor and integrity at all times. Behaviors to the contrary – including tardiness, loud or disorderly behavior in hotels, drunkenness, sleeping, or being otherwise disengaged during meetings will be frowned upon and have the potential to adversely affect students’ grades. We hope to promote students’ development as world citizens and global business travelers; the Global Immersion Experience should be undertaken as a serious academic and professional development endeavor.