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EMBA International Seminar
Our EMBA Program offers plenty of opportunities for you to directly experience business at the international level. The required international seminar, taken for one week in the second year, joins students from across all our EMBA tracks, giving you the occasion to apply the global business concepts learned during your coursework in another country. Accompanied by Columbia faculty members and administrators, you'll meet with local business officials, learn cross-cultural business practices, and build your personal international network.
Choosing Your International Seminar
Use the International Seminar Selection System (ISSS) to make your initial selection, to add or drop international seminars, and sign up for events scheduled during your international seminar.
International Seminar Descriptions and Instructions
- 2013 EM International Seminar Descriptions and Instructions
- 2013 B International Seminar Instructions
- 2014 BA International Seminar Instructions
- 2014 EM International Seminar Instructions
- 2014 Americas International Seminar Descriptions and Instructions
- 2015 EM International Seminar Descriptions and Instructions (updated descriptions for Shanghai and Mumbai)
- 2015 BA International Seminar Descriptions and Instructions (updated descriptions for Shanghai and Mumbai)
- 2015 Americas International Seminar Descriptions and Instructions
International Seminar Syllabus Archive
- Brazil (Summer 2012)
- Hong Kong (Summer 2012)
- Istanbul (Fall 2012)
- Munich (Fall 2012)
- Shanghai (Spring 2012)
- South Africa (Summer 2012)
International Seminar Final Add/Drop Dates
- Spring 2014 Shanghai and South Africa: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- Summer 2014 Istanbul: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
- Fall 2014 Rio de Janeiro: Thursday, June 19, 2014
- Fall 2014 Munich: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
- Fall 2014 Mumbai: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Add/Drop Stages: Each add/drop stage starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 21 - Wednesday, January 29
- Friday, January 31 - Monday, February 10
- Tuesday, February 18 - Wednesday, February 26*
- Friday, February 28 - Wednesday, March 5 (Last add/drop round for Shanghai and Capetown Spring 2014)**
- Friday, March 7 - Tuesday, March 18
- Thursday, March 20 - Thursday, March 27
- Tuesday, April 1 - Tuesday, April 8
- Thursday, April 10 - Wednesday, April 16
- Friday, April 18 - Wednesday, April 23
- Monday, April 28 - Wednesday, May 14
- Friday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 21
- Tuesday, May 27 -Tuesday, June 10
- Thursday, June 12 - Thursday, June 19 (Last add/drop round for Rio Fall 2014)
- Tuesday, June 24 - Thursday, July 10
- Tuesday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 22
- Thursday, July 24 - Tuesday, July 29 (Last add/drop round for Munich Fall 2014)
- Thursday, July 31 - Tuesday, August 5
- Friday, August 8 - Tuesday, August 12
- Monday, August 18 - Wednesday, August 27
- Friday, August 29 - Wednesday, September 10
*Initial Selection for EMBA-Americas 2015 only
**Not available to EMBA-Americas 2015 students.
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