Program status

Program is Full

IBUS 5172: Global Business Practicum in South America

Graduate Global Enrichment in Brazil
May 17, 2015 to May 30, 2015

Pre-departure class sessions (1 orientation, 4 academic) occur during Spring Term B (Typically Friday evenings)


This course provides students with a first-hand look at international business in Brazil. It is designed as a partnership between a business school in São Paulo, the Carlson School, and a corporate partner.

It provides participants a unique opportunity to work on cross-cultural teams with students from across the world enrolled at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo to address a business issue posed by the sponsoring company. The course is designed to: increase students ability to work in diverse teams and analyze problems from a global perspective; help students develop a more robust understanding of the business topic of the project; and increase students tolerance for working through ambiguous situations.

The project will be a marketing study focused on the sports nutrition sector and is sponsored by a U.S. multinational firm. For information about the project topic and corporate partner, please contact Kevin Clancy at 612-625-2275.

Program schedule

Pre-departure class sessions familiarize students with Brazil, the corporate partner, and the project topic. For the international component, the schedule includes a mix of fieldwork, site visits, lectures, and group work on the project. The program finishes with student presentations of recommendations to the corporate partner, a farewell dinner, and a course debriefing.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The priority deadline is December 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.


Up to 20 Carlson School graduate students
This program is open to Carlson School students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. The application process is competitive, and space is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Classes during the international component of the program will be a mix of Carlson and partner school students

Location details

São Paulo is the capital of Brazil and a major economic and cultural center of the region. It's the second largest metropolitan area in the world with a population of nearly 29 million people. Brazil is one of the top 15 trade partners with the United States and São Paulo is home to a wide variety of multinational corporations.

Housing and Food

Students are housed at a conveniently located hotel. Students will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.


  • Up to 20 Carlson School graduate students

Academics and credits

  • 4 graduate elective credits
  • Grading is a A-F basis

Cost estimate (Summary)

Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applies to 2014-2015 programs.

*Calculated based on the estimated 2014-2015  PTMBA tuition rate. Students enrolled in another degree program will be charged the tuition rate for four credits associated with their degree program. Please see One Stop for more information about tuition and fees or contact us with questions.

Cost table

2014-2015 Tuition for Four Academic Credits (not including collegiate, graduate student assembly, or transportation fees)*$4,940
Program Fee (includes program administration, international health insurance, housing, some meals, course materials, and transportation to site visits)$2,500
International Roundtrip Airfare between Minneapolis and São Paulo, Brazil$1,800
Passport and visa expenses$350
Daily Living Expenses (includes incidentals, local transportation, and other expenses not covered by the program fee)$450
Meals not covered in the program fee (most lunches and dinners)$550

Faculty Leader

Program Manager

Academic term(s)



Short-Term May/June

Degree level

Full-time MBA
Masters HRIR
Part-time MBA






São Paulo