You are here

Global Immersion Program

Global Immersion Program (GIP) classes bridge classroom lessons and business practices in another country. These three-credit classes meet for half a term in New York prior to a one-week visit to the country of focus. During the immersion week, students meet with business executives and government officials while working on team projects. Upon returning from the travel portion of the class, students have at least one wrap-up meeting at Columbia Business School. The 2014-2015 Global Immersion Program fee for seven-day classes is $1800 and provides students with double occupancy lodging, ground transportation and some meals; longer programs, such as the Patagonia program, may have a higher fee. The fee does not cover round trip international airfare. Attendance and regular participation in all class sessions, both in New York and in the destination country, is mandatory. Students who miss the first class meeting may be removed from the course and will not have their program fee refunded to them. No program fee refunds will be given after the add/drop period has closed. Only current, full-time Columbia Business School students are allowed to sign up (no significant others).

Students bid for spots on GIP classes as they would for any other class.  To learn more about the Program, please contact the Chazen Institute. Click here to learn how Global Immersion Program classes differ from Chazen International Study Tours. Additional loan funds can be borrowed to cover the cost of airfare and program fee.  Please contact with questions on how to apply.

Also check out blog postings from recent travels, written by participating students.


Fall 2014:
Leadership Expedition to Patagonia with NOLS
Doing Business in North Africa (travel to Tunisia)
Exploring Turkey's Start-up Culture
Is Cuba the Next Transition Economy?

Spring 2015:
The Brazilian Growth Model
Exploring the Business Environment in Cuba
Doing Business in Myanmar (new this year)
Economic Growth in the UAE (new this year)
Leading Others from the Inside Out (travel to India; new this year)


Fall 2013:
Leadership Expedition to Patagonia with NOLS 
India: Lessons in (Reverse) Innovation - view agenda
Doing Business in North Africa (travel to Tunisia) - view agenda
Spring 2014:
Growth Opportunities in a China at a Crossroad - view agenda
The Brazilian Growth Model - view agenda
Exploring the Business Environment in Cuba - view agenda
Exploring Turkey's Start-up Culture - view agenda


Fall 2012:
Economic Growth and Financial Stability in Turkey 
Managing Growing and Family Businesses in South America (travel to Chile)
Doing Business in North Africa (travel to Tunisia)
Spring 2013: Global Immersion: Growth and Challenges in the Chinese Economy
The Brazilian Growth Model
Exploring the Business Environment in Cuba


Fall 2011:
Global Immersion: Economic Growth and Financial Stability in Turkey (view sample agenda)
Spring 2012:
Growth and Sustainability in Brazil
Growth and Challenges in the Chinese Economy (view sample agenda)
Traditional Family Business in Europe--class travels to Austria (view sample agenda)


Fall 2010:What's Next for South Africa? (view sample agenda)
Spring 2011: Growth and Sustainability in Brazil
Growth and Challenges in the Chinese Economy
Globalization, the Case of Costa Rica


Fall 2009:
Global Immersion: Innovation in India
Spring 2010:
Growth and Sustainability in Brazil (view sample agenda)
Growth and Challenges in the Chinese Economy (view sample agenda)


Fall 2008:
Innovation in India
Spring 2009:
Growth and Sustainability in Brazil
Investing in China

Mailing List

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest at Chazen.



Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know how to contact us? Or what we have to offer? Try here first.

Expand >

The Chazen Institute does not have members; most of our programs are open to anyone. All current students and faculty receive our mailings.

Email us at, or call 212-854-4750. Our mailing address is Columbia Business School, 3022 Broadway, Uris Hall 2M2, New York, NY 10027. Our fax number is 212-851-9509.

Simply email us at and let us know you'd like to be added to our list. To subscribe to Chazen Global Insights, our e-newsletter, click here.

Winter study tours are announced in May; spring tours are announced in October. Check our study tour page for updates.

Alumni are welcome at most of the events we sponsor. Alumni can also learn another language through the Chazen Language Program. Be sure to sign up for the Chazen Institute email list on the alumni website to receive notification of upcoming events.

< Collapse

Chazen Global Insights

Europe's Attack on Greek Democracy

It’s not about the money, says Columbia Business School’s resident Nobel laureate. It’s about forcing Greece to buckle under.

Read More >

Modi's Whirlwind First Year

Arun Jaitley, Narenda Modi’s first lieutenant describes how far India has come — and what still needs to be done.

Read More >

Europe’s Last Act?

The euro was supposed to strengthen Europe. But it has had the opposite effect.

Read More >

Greece, Argentina, and the Middle-Income Trap

Aside from an established tradition of bad macroeconomics, what do Greece and Argentina have in common? They are the world’s longest-held captives of the middle-income trap.

Read More >

How Learning Creates Growth

Joseph E. Stiglitz and Bruce C. Greenwald explain how the key to economic innovation and prosperity lies within each of us — and within entire societies. The two were awarded the Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing

Read More >

The Flaws in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

It's not a partnership of equals, and it's not a free-trade agreement.

Read More >

The United States and China: An Unsustainable Codependency

A preeminent economist says both of the world's largest economies need to rebalance. Or else...

Read More >

Get Ahead with “Idea Networking”

When opportunity takes too long to arrive, go out and find it

Read More >

Will the TPP Help Latin America?

Not if the United States gets everything it’s asking for, says Andrés Velasco, the former finance minister of Chilé and a professor at Columbia University.

Read More >


View photos of Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India, at his New York talk on economic reform, sponsored by the India Business Initiative at the Chazen Institute.
View photos on Facebook>

Have you checked out our new India Business Initiative? We've got news, commentaries and research.
Visit the website >

Congrats to Chazen Senior Scholar William Duggan on the publication of his new book “The 7th Sense.” Read an excerpt >