Part of the Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA curriculum are two international study trips. During these trips (each is one week in length) you will expand your understanding of business in a significantly different socioeconomic and cultural environment.
All around the world...
For your study trip, you have the possibility to choose your destination from a range of nine differents destinations. This selection varies on a yearly basis. Additionally, each destination is linked to a specific topic. Therefore, when making your decision, you can either favor a destination or a topic. In previous years the study trips have visited Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Italy, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A typical week consists of lectures, in-class discussions and visits to local enterprises for a deep insight into the local business and social culture.
Study trip Peking
Doing Business in China – gehalten an der Tsinghua University
"'Doing Business in China' – The study trip tp Peking focused entirely on entrepreurship and innovation in association with the Chinese economy. Practical lectures at renowned Tsinghua University as well as a variety of company visits offered a unique insight into the cultural, economical and political conditions in China. As I am working for an international company, the extension of my intercultural competencies as well as the exchance on-site represented the greatest added value to my study trip.“
Sara Brings, EMBA 2018
Study trip Shanghai
Doing Business in China
"The Shanghai study trip offered a unique opportunity to get a better understanding of doing business in China. Through the multiple company visits and lectures we had an excellent opportunity to get a flavor of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the city. For me, this was an amazing opportunity to experience the modern fast developing city and to get in contact with entrepreneurs."
Sven Natsch, EMBA 2019
Study trip Los Angeles
Marketing and Behavioural Economics
"The UCLA study trip was one of the best EMBA experiences, I was lucky to take part in, so far. Our focus was to learn about behavior sciences and the latest development of this very interesting topic. We had wonderful classes, company visits and guest speakers."
Alexandru Cipitu, EMBA 2019
The second trip takes place in an outdoor setting. At the end of your EMBA journey, you will spend one week in an international setting, such as Norway, where your leadership skills will be tested during a large-scale expedition. You will come to apply the competencies that you have acquired during the Personal Leadership Development under exceptional circumstances.
During this week your cohort will be split into different teams that each is going to explore the area on different routes. Each day a different team member will be declared the ‚leader of the day‘, who will then be responsible for the navigation of the group, the allocation of tasks and the choice of a suitable camping site.
"For 5 days you walk with blisters on your feet, you fight and struggle, you may have hard times - but in the end you win for your whole life. For me our Leadership Expedition in Norway was one of the best parts of the whole EMBA journey. This trip takes you to your physical limits (or even beyond) and challenges you mentally. During the trip you have a lot of time to think about yourself as a leader, as a human being in general and about your plans and goals. The trip grounds you a little, as you learn to cope with minimal equipment and concentrate on the important things in life. I have profited a lot from this week, from the company and support of my great team, colleagues and from the overwhelming nature. For me, this experience is a lifelong experience that I will perhaps repeat one day."
Karen Hünermann, EMBA 2019
"The Leadership Expedition allowed me to effectively practice and adopt the goals of modern leadership development. Today’s business landscape can easily be compared to the unpredictable, dynamic, and challenging environment of a wilderness expedition. This part of my Executive MBA gave me the opportunity to practice different communication and leadership skills and at the same time learn more about my own leadership style as well as its impact on a group – under continuously changing and challenging circumstances."
Americo Mazzotta, EMBA 2019