Global Studies

At Thunderbird, you don't just learn global business. You live it.

Long before graduation, you can put the skills and theories taught in our classrooms into hands-on, real-world practice in locations around the globe. You can polish your cross-cultural relations aptitude by interacting with peers and professionals worldwide. You can use your entrepreneurial spirit and your management prowess to develop solutions for global organizations and communities. It’s experiential learning with exponential impact.

Thunderbird brings the world into your classroom and your classroom into the world through a suite* of global study opportunities in locations around the globe:

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    Winterims

    Intensive two to three week courses focusing on the real-world processes of global team building, government-industry partnering, consumer marketing, advertising, risk management and global ethics among other topics.

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    Modules abroad

    Study core courses for six weeks in Eastern Europe or Latin America, and broaden your global and cultural awareness in the process.

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    Thunderbird Emerging Markets Lab

    Engage with a team of fellow T-birds for a six-week, on-location consulting engagement with a client in an emerging market. A competitive application and selection process is involved.

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    Exchange Programs

    Thunderbird sponsors an array of exchange programs with leading graduate educational institutions in countries located around the world. These are highly competitive programs with limited space availability.

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    Summer Language Abroad Programs

    Thunderbird's summer language programs pair two weeks of intensive language courses on our Arizona campus with six weeks of immersive language and culture experiences in the countries where these languages of modern global business are spoken.

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    International Study Tours

    Explore the socioeconomic, political and cultural forces shaping influential markets of the world. Professors, classmates, alumni and industry leaders offer you first-hand exposure to business in these markets and help develop your network abroad.

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    Regional Business Environments

    During intensive one-week international seminars, you will learn about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in two distinct regions of your choosing. Regional Business Environment seminars are typically offered in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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    International Internships

    Internships are a primary recruiting vehicle for employers of business graduates. In fact, the same employers who offer jobs to Thunderbird graduates often offer internships as well. 

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*Global study opportunities may vary by degree program and are detailed in the Graduate Degrees section of this website. Read about the study-abroad opportunities for your program of interest.