Bird's eye view of Dunedin, New Zealad, with a blue sky, mountains in the background, and crashing waves along the coast.

IBUS 3090: Striving for Equity in International Business

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in New Zealand

Program Dates:

Class Sessions: Monday/Wednesday 1:45-3:25pm, B Term Fall 2020

Overseas Program: Travel cancelled for January 2021 due to COVID-19


Carlson at Milford Sound
Carlson at Milford Sound
Dunedin - Traditional Waka (canoe)
Dunedin- Traditional Waka (canoe)
Peninsula Tour - Penguin Sanctuary
Enjoying the Penguin Sanctuary
Women's Suffrage Petition
Wellington- Women's Suffrage Petition
Meeting with non-profit Dignity NZ
Meeting with long-standing partner The University of Otago
City Tour- Christchurch
University of Otago
Carlson at Milford Sound
Carlson at Milford Sound
Dunedin - Traditional Waka (canoe)
Dunedin- Traditional Waka (canoe)
Peninsula Tour - Penguin Sanctuary
Enjoying the Penguin Sanctuary
Women's Suffrage Petition
Wellington- Women's Suffrage Petition
Meeting with non-profit Dignity NZ
Meeting with long-standing partner The University of Otago
City Tour- Christchurch
University of Otago

Program Details

    Why does the United States still rank poorly in gender equality and leadership in business? Why are countries like New Zealand, Iceland and Rwanda achieving much better results? We will examine equality, leadership and global differences through a look back at history, read current case studies, learn through guest lecturers relevant to the field and take time to discuss and reflect. The course will take place in Fall 2020 and will culminate with travel to New Zealand in January 2021 for immersion, exploration and discovery.

    “I am very excited to have designed this course and cannot wait to teach and lead it. There are 2 parts near and dear to my heart: gender equity and New Zealand.  Since I left graduate school 25 years ago the numbers of women getting MBAs has stayed stagnant at 30%. Why is this? Women start out making as much money and sometimes more than their male counterparts, but what happens? When we all do well, it benefits everyone so we will examine some of these inequities through discussions, readings and guest lectures and come up with ideas and solutions.  This class is for all genders because when we all learn how to work together in business as equals, data show that business profit grows as well as employee satisfaction.

    Traveling to New Zealand, the first country to give women the right to vote in the world, we will see how a smaller country than others globally has been able to lead in equity. I lived in New Zealand for almost a year post undergrad, working 3 jobs and falling in love with the people and landscape. This will be a special class and travel where we will learn much about inequalities as well as ourselves. Come join me for the adventure!”

    - Wendy Lutter, Faculty Leader for IBUS 3090


    Past Participant Perspectives:

    "Being in New Zealand, I saw how it is possible for a people to move towards equity in business."

    "These two weeks I spent in New Zealand were truly the best of my life. I experienced so many brand new things and learned more about equity than I thought I would in all of my education combined."

    "This class should be a requirement at Carlson. I learned more in this one class that will impact my work and life than all my others combined."

    "This trip has been like nothing I’ve ever experienced. This journey has opened my eyes and my heart to this topic."

    The program will fly to Auckland and travel to multiple other cities throughout New Zealand to meet with local businesses, organizations, guest lecturers, and indigenous women's initiatives. 

    An exchange partnership with the University of Otago is New Zealand will bring the class to Dunedin, New Zealand, to the country's oldest university with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. Dunedin is a city by the sea. It has white sand beaches, bush clad hills, tidal inlets, and volcanic landforms, as well as a golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs that skirt the city's thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where seals, penguins, albatross, and incredible surf can be found. 

    Students will stay in double rooms with students of the same gender at a centrally-located hotel in New Zealand. 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 will be provided daily at the hotels. A welcome dinner and closing dinner are also included in the program fee.

    • 4 elective credits
    • A-F grading

    This program is open to U of M undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a 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.

    U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to travel to Zealand. If you already have a passport, you need to check the expiration date and confirm that it is more than seven months after the program ends. If you do not have a passport, or your passport needs to be renewed, you will need to apply for one immediately upon confirmation.

    A visa is a document that proves that travel into a particular country has been approved by their governing body. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days for tourism in New Zealand, however you will need to complete an online New Zealand Electronic Transit Authority (NZeTA) request. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the New Zealand consulates regarding visa requirements and fees. A consulate is a foreign government's official place of residence and representation in a foreign country. While consulates provide passports, birth registration, and many other services, they also have consular sections which issue visas for foreign citizens to visit, study, and work in their country. If you carry a passport other than a U.S. passport and are required to carry a visa into New Zealand, you will be responsible for securing your visa; you will work closely with the Program Manager (Mary Krebs) to make sure you have any University-specific documentation that you need.

    To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on March 1, 2020 and the priority deadline is 12:00 pm (noon) on April 1, 2020. 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 no later than May 1, 2020.

    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 30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students.

    Classes are Monday/Wednesday from 1:45-3:25pm, B Term, Fall 2020. This course will be taught by Senior Lecturer Wendy Lutter ( of the Marketing Department. The pre-departure classes are a fundamental component of the curriculum. These pre-departure classes are partly discussion-based given the broad range of diverse and complex challenges faced in international business, and therefore the quality of the student experience is dependent upon all students attending and participating in the pre-departure classes.

    In order to be eligible to participate in the international portion of this class, students must maintain satisfactory academic performance as determined by the instructor. If your academic performance prevents you from participating in the international component of the course, you will not receive a refund of the program fee. Please bring any concerns about this directly to the Program Manager (Mary Krebs).

    The program starts with a city tour and welcome dinner in Wellington. The program will include guest lectures and company visits; collaboration with students at the Otago Business School - University of Otago; hikes in some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand and engagement with the indigenous Maori population; Te Papa New Zealand National Museum tour; and site visits with government officials to learn about the local history and current context of gender equity and leaders. Included in the program is time for a small amount of independent exploration.

Cost Estimate (Summary)

Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applies to 2020-2021 programs.

* Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

** Costs are estimated for U.S. passport holders only. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the New Zealand consulate regarding the visa application process and costs.

All costs subject to change prior to departure.

2020-2021 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including group international flight, lodging, program events, regional flight within New Zealand, breakfast daily, two group meals, and international health insurance*) $5,600
International airfare between Minnesota and New Zealand (included in Program Fee, above) $0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee, above) $0
Passport and Photos** $160
Textbooks $80
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc.) $400
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $500
Total $6,925


Mary Krebs
Wendy Lutter
Academic term(s)
Short-Term January
Degree level
New Zealand