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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 2013-2014 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. To learn how Global Immersion Program classes differ from Chazen International Study Tours, please click here.

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

2013-2014

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

2012-2013

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

2011-2012

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)

2010-2011

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

2009-2010

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)

2008-2009

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

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 chazen@columbia.edu, 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 chazen@columbia.edu 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.

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