The 27 member states and more than 500 million inhabitants of the European Union (EU) generate nearly 25 percent of the global economy. It is the largest exporter and importer of goods and services in the world, serving not only as the biggest trading partner to China and India, but also the United States.

Across the Pond

Every spring, Krannert Global Week programs offer our master’s students an opportunity to experience an incredible blend of cultural and academic learning in some of the most beautiful cities in the world.

It began 10 years ago when Professor David Schoorman, now associate dean of executive education, initiated a collaborative effort with ESCP-Europe to offer our students the ability to study in Paris and Madrid. Since then, Krannert has sent more than 400 master’s students to Europe for spring break. And in March this year, new partnerships forged with Central European University (Hungary) and LUISS Business School (Italy) expanded our offerings to include Budapest and Rome.

Participants in one of the European study abroad offerings hosted by our partner schools can spend one week or two immersed in studies and the local culture. While overseas, our students have the opportunity to interact and network with Krannert alumni, students from our partner schools and various company representatives.

Organized company visits including Louis Vuitton, Real Madrid, GE and Bvlgari enhance the experience by offering students firsthand access to businesses operating in the European Union and beyond. An added benefit experienced by our students is the opportunity to hone their cross-cultural communication skills, an important talent in the ever-changing global business environment.

Combining culture and academics has proven a winning combination for students who seek to add a global experience to their Krannert education. “The Madrid experience takes you beyond understanding cultural differences and lets you see, feel and experience it firsthand,” says alumna Kim Hoang (MBA ’09), a business systems analyst at Brocade.

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