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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 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

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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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Chazen Global Insights

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Asia’s Growth Engine Purrs

Shang-Jin Wei, a Columbia Business School professor and currently chief economist for the Asian Development Bank, outlines three drivers that will propel Asia’s growth.

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Is China Buying America?

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Innovation, India-Style

R. Gopalakrishnan of Tata Sons offers a surprising take on what’s truly new.

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A Fair Hearing for Sovereign Debt

Market-based solutions to sovereign-debt crises have a high potential for chaos. A prime example: Argentina’s default.

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3 Steps to Board Membership

A board position brings prestige, influence, and power. Speakers at a recent Columbia Business School alumni event offered tips on getting a seat at the table.

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Hello, Financial Sector? Earth Is Calling.

The director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University explains why it’s in financiers’ own best interest to combat climate change.

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The Surprising Secret of Successful Negotiation

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CBS students: Interested in the fall 2015 Global Immersion Program to Patagonia? Hear from students who participated in this year's program at an info session Tues., April 28, 12:30 p.m., Uris 331.

Now accepting applications for the Laidlaw Chazen Travel Fund, a stipend for CBS students participating in 2015-16 Chazen Institute travel programs.
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Registration now open for “China-US Relations: An Unsustainable Codependency” with Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University. May 6, 6 p.m.
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See Joseph E. Stiglitz and Bruce Greenwald in a Q&A on their new book, “Creating a Learning Society” winner of the 2015 Eccles Prize for Economic Writing. May 13, 6 p.m.
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