New course provides management students with opportunity to travel

MALVERN, Pa. — Students enrolled in the MBA, Master of Leadership Development or Master of Finance programs at Penn State Great Valley have the opportunity to travel to London this June as part of a new global immersion course.

The new offering was designed to boost students’ understanding of socioeconomic developments and trends in the global marketplace. Each immersion trip will include visits to both local and multinational companies to examine business development and functionality abroad. Students will also meet with industry and government officials to hear their perspectives on the economic policies of their country.

“Studying abroad is an exciting way to enhance a student's career by learning different ways of conducting business in a global environment, networking and appreciating cultural diversity,” said Cyndy Walton, assistant professor of management, who is leading this summer’s trip to London.

The weeklong excursion will focus on London’s financial and pharmaceutical industries and will include a trip to Vanguard’s United Kingdom office. Students will also tour startup accelerators to learn how the United Kingdom supports entrepreneurial endeavors. In addition, students can look forward to cultural attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London.

According to WorldStrides, an educational student travel organization, London is the fifth largest metropolitan economy in the world and has the fastest growing technology cluster with over 3,000 companies concentrated in the East End. “The recent decision for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union — known as Brexit — makes this a particularly interesting time to visit,” noted Walton.

The trip will cover 80 percent of the course’s curriculum; the remainder will be delivered online. This course will fulfill the global requirement of the MBA program. Master of Leadership Development and Master of Finance students can apply the course as an elective. Travel prices and associated costs are not included with tuition and arrangements will need to be made through WorldStrides.

For more information, please contact Penn State Great Valley’s management division at managementhelp@psu.edu or 610-648-3229.