Global Discovery — Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Global Discovery program and what are its learning objectives?
The Global Discovery program is a course for all full-time MBA students. It includes on-campus classes and an on-site component in one of three international locations during the winter of your second year. This course for 2010-2011 is titled Global Discovery: Winning Strategies for Minnesota Business and Trade in Emerging Markets. It is designed to give you a deeper understanding about how multi-national enterprises, trade agencies, and small and medium-size enterprises work successfully in emerging-market economies.
Where will we travel in January 2011?
The planned locations are Santiago, Chile; Beijing, China and Istanbul, Turkey.
Can I choose the location I'll travel to?
You may rank your choice of the three international locations. You are not guaranteed your first choice, but the MBA office will take your preference into consideration. You'll indicate your preferences through an online system in spring semester 2010.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel outside the U.S. For information on obtaining a U.S. passport, please visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
. Please get started on obtaining one now, as it can take up to 12-16 weeks to process. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date to make sure it is valid through late August 2011 (at least seven months following your international travel dates).
Do I need a travel visa?
Depending on the citizenship of your passport and your Global Discovery travel destination, you may need a travel visa. If you have a U.S. passport and your destination requires a visa for U.S. citizens, the International Programs office will facilitate the visa process. If you do not carry a U.S. passport, please research the particular visa requirements for your destination. International Programs can provide a letter of support or documentation about your academic program to help you get a visa.
What is the cost of this program?
You will be assessed a fee of $5150 during your second year in the MBA program for Global Discovery.
How does financial aid work?
Financial aid can often be used for education abroad, including the Global Discovery program. As a first step, be sure to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Office of Student Finance can also advise you on the use of financial aid while abroad. Contact One Stop at 612-624-1111.
Are there scholarships available?
The MBA program will administer scholarships for Global Discovery; you can apply for scholarships during the preferencing process. More detail on scholarships will be available in spring semester 2010.
Can I deviate from the group flight?
It is possible that deviations from group flights will be allowed on the outbound flight, depending on limitations from the logistics providers.
Can I bring a guest along for the international component?
No, guests are not permitted on the program.
Do I need immunizations?
What if I need to cancel for a health or emergency reason?
Please keep the MBA office
apprised of your situation. We will work with you on an individual basis to figure out how to best meet the learning objectives of the program.
What should I do to prepare?
We will host orientation sessions for each program in the fall of 2010 to help you prepare for travel. We'll cover health and safety, cultural information, a program schedule, and more.
What if I have more questions?