Carlson & SGH students in Warsaw after final the presentation

IBUS 6406: Global Business Practicum in Central and Eastern Europe

Graduate Global Enrichment in Central and Eastern Europe

Program Dates:


Accepting Applications - Priority deadline: October 16

Travel Dates: May 19 - June 1, 2024

Pre-departure class sessions occur during Spring Term B and in collaboration with partner school students at the Warsaw School of Economics on the following dates:



Spring 2024 Corporate partner: TBD


"Simply one of the best courses offered by the university that ties together international business strategies, great foreign classmates, and immersion into the 'culture' of how things get done." - Les Hoffman, 2019 participant

"One of the highlights of my study abroad Global Practicum in Central and Eastern Europe was getting to know other students. As a full-time MBA student, I was able to meet and connect with part-time MBA students at Carlson and have maintained these connections since returning to the states. Additionally, our program was in conjunction with the Warsaw School of Economics which provided me with the opportunity to learn from Polish students." - Nicole Dillard, 2019 participant

Program Details

    This course provides students with a first-hand look at the business environment of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and is designed as a partnership between the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), the Carlson School, and a corporate partner.

    It provides students with a unique opportunity to work on cross-cultural teams with students from across the world enrolled at SGH 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.

    For more information, please contact Lauren Dickinson (


    Pre-departure class sessions familiarize students with Central and Eastern Europe, the corporate partner, and the case topic. For the international component, students spend at least one week in Warsaw working on the project with students from SGH, and then may visit another country to further explore the topic for the corporate sponsor. The program finishes with student presentations of recommendations to the company, a farewell dinner, and a course debriefing.

    • Warsaw School of Economics is the oldest and most prestigious economic university in Poland. 
    • Warsaw is the capital and largest city in Poland, with population of about 2 million people. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The investment boom is visible everywhere you look!
    • A democratic country with a stable, robust economy, Poland is an ideal location for study abroad. The Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) is located on the northern edge of the Mokotów district of Warsaw, known for its parks and green spaces, as well as many foreign embassies, major businesses, and the National Library of Poland. 

    Students are housed at conveniently-located hotels in each city. 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.

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

    This program is open to Carlson School graduate 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. 

    U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to travel to Poland. 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 to enter Poland. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the Polish consulate regarding visa requirements and fees. If you carry a passport other than a U.S. passport and are required to carry a visa into Poland, you will be responsible for securing your visa; you will work closely with the Program Manager 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 September 1 and the priority deadline is October 16.  

    Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Priority deadline applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status no later than November 16.

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

Cost Estimate (Summary)

Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applies to 2023-2024 programs.

*Calculated based on the 2023-2024 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.

Tuition for Four Academic Credits (not including collegiate, graduate student assembly, or transportation fees)* $6,640
Program Fee (includes program administration, international health insurance, housing, some meals, course materials, transportation between program cities and site visits) $3,000
International Airfare between Minneapolis and Europe $1,700
Passport and Visa expenses (based on prices for U.S. citizens) $165
Daily Living Expenses (includes incidentals, local transportation, and other expenses not covered by the program fee) $400
Meals not covered in the program fee (most lunches and dinners) $500
Total $12,405


Academic term(s)
May 2-week travel (with Spring on campus course)
Degree level
Host School
Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)
Carlson Global Institute (CGI)
Program Model