Evening & Weekend MBA Exchange Programs


Frequently Asked Questions


Exchange programs – if you can bear to be away from Berkeley – are an opportunity to expand your horizons and experience the global marketplace first-hand. Haas has reciprocal agreements with leading business schools in Europe and Asia.

Evening & Weekend MBA students who have completed their core course requirements may participate in an exchange program, and only in the Fall semester. You may complete a maximum of 12 units of course work as an exchange student. Participating students pay the normal Haas tuition and fees during the exchange semester.




Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
The Indian School of Business evolved from the need for a world class business school in Asia. Our founders- some of the best minds from the corporate and academic worlds- visualized the leadership needs of emerging Asian economies. They recognized that the rapidly changing business landscape would require young leaders with an understanding of evolving economies, but also with a global perspective. The ISB is committed to its role in creating such leaders through its innovative programmes, outstanding faculty and thought leadership.
Note: This program is a spring term exchange only.

ISB Factsheet 2014-2015



ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Located in one of Barcelona’s most pleasant suburbs, ESADE recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a leading academic institution in Spain. The MBA program gives special emphasis to the Cooperative MBA, where the importance of teamwork and participation are highly valued. Students come from diverse business backgrounds and over 75 percent are international, representing more than 30 countries. A wide range of elective courses are offered with classes taught in both English and Spanish. Doing Business in Spanish is also offered as an optional language class throughout the term with students being placed according to their level. The exchange periods for the fall term is from September to December.

ESADE Factsheet 2014-2015

ESSEC Business School, Paris, France
An innovative model among MBA formats, the ESSEC MBA has now become a major player on the international level among European business schools. Its roots in a strong humanist tradition provide scope to its mission and determination to train managers aware of current and future social and political stakes in this context.

ESSEC Factsheet 2014-15

RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
RSM offers a US-style MBA program focusing on the European business environment. For the first 7˝ weeks of the semester, you will take five classes on European and international business management. In the second 6˝ weeks you will complete a consulting project with a business firm, usually in the Netherlands. In your final report, reviewed by a faculty member, you will apply a theoretical framework to a real-life business situation. The MBA semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. You also may choose to study in the International Masters of Science Student Exchange Committee (IMScEC) program. IMScEC requires core courses in the first part of the semester, followed by electives in the second half. These classes stress group work and provide a Dutch perspective on European economic issues. IMScEC courses start in early September and end in late December. Classes for both programs are in English and housing is off-campus.

  Frequently Asked Questions

  - Why should I consider going on exchange?
- Who is eligible for exchange programs?
- When can I go on exchange?
- How many students can go on exchange each year?
- How and when do I apply? What are the selection criteria?
- How much will it cost?
- Will going on exchange affect my financial aid?
- How fluent do I need to be in Spanish/French/
New York-ese/etc?

- What classes may I take?
- How will classes be credited toward my degree?
- How do I get to the school I selected?
- How do I find a place to live?
- Will my student medical insurance be valid?
- How do I get a visa?
- Will I be able to participate in on-campus recruiting?
- How will an exchange affect my job search?
- When will classes start?
- Will I like it?

  Why should I consider going on exchange?
There are lots of reasons-- academic, professional and personal. Our partners are among the top business schools in the world; taking classes at these institutions will give you a different perspective on business issues. Studying abroad allows you to polish your language skills, to delve into a new culture and to make friends. Many Haas students use their exchange semester to contact local firms with the goal of securing employment outside the Bay Area and outside the United States.

Who is eligible for exchange programs?
You must be in good academic standing (with a GPA of at least 3.0) and have completed the core courses. You also must be a solid citizen at Haas. Exchange students are Haas ambassadors, our exchange relationships depend in part on your good citizenship while on exchange. We reserve the right to deny applicants whose behavior while at Haas indicates they might endanger those relationships and prevent future Haas students from going on exchange to a particular school.

You would need to work closely with your employer and with the EW Program office to make sure progress toward your academic and professional goals is not impeded. Because our exchange program is with full-time MBA programs, it is not feasible for you to study part-time while working at your firm's local subsidiary. Therefore, you may have to arrange a leave of absence with your employer. Timing is another issue. Haas students, whether full-time or EW, are eligible to go on exchange only after they have completed the entire MBA core.

When can I go on exchange?
You can go on exchange, usually in the fall semester, of your second or third year.

How many students can go on exchange each year?
Typically, we send between one and three students each year to each school. The number is a function of the size of the partner school's exchange program and the "balance of trade" between Haas and the partner school over time. Check with the exchange program coordinator for current information on the schools you are considering.

How and when do I apply? What are the selection criteria?
The application period is in April. All students are notified by email about the dates for information sessions, the number of placements available at each school and the application deadline.

You must complete an application stating which school you want to attend, why going on exchange is relevant to your personal and professional goals, and how you would be a good Haas ambassador while abroad. If there is space available at the school you have selected, you are in good academic standing and we have no concerns about your ability to represent Haas, you will be offered a space at your chosen school. If demand for the school you selected exceeds supply, exchange students will be selected by lottery. Those who don’t win the lottery are welcome to go to any other school where space is still available.

All offers for the exchange program are conditional on your maintaining a 3.0 GPA for all course work and successfully completing the MBA core before the exchange semester.

How much will it cost?
You will pay your usual tuition and fees to the University of California, as if you were spending the semester at Haas. No additional tuition or fees are paid to the exchange school, except perhaps secondary fees to use the computer center or other services, similar to the secondary fees you pay at Haas.

Will going on exchange affect my financial aid?
You should check with the Haas Financial Aid Office if you will need financial aid while on exchange. All paperwork should be completed and in order before your departure. Also, you must sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) so your financial aid proceeds can be deposited directly into a designated bank account. Budget appeals can be considered to augment the standard financial aid budget for the some of the increased costs of studying on exchange.

How fluent do I need to be in Spanish/French/etc?
The degree of fluency in the local language required at each school varies. All partner schools teach many electives in English. You should investigate the policy at the particular school you are interested in by visiting the school’s Website. English is widely spoken in some countries, less so in others. In all cases, familiarity with the local language will be important to getting the most out of your exchange experience.

What classes may I take?
You will take only elective courses at the exchange school.

How will classes be credited toward my degree?
You must complete at least 10 and a maximum of 12 units of coursework while on exchange. Before you depart, you will register for an assigned EWMBA Exchange Program class at Haas. Your exchange units will transfer back to your UC Berkeley transcript as a block of 10 - 12 units on pass/no pass basis. You will receive an official transcript from your exchange institution that will show the specific courses completed and grades earned.

How do I get to the school I selected?
You must make, and pay for, your own travel arrangements.

How do I find a place to live?
Some schools have student housing that they make available to exchange students, at varying costs. Other programs require you to find local housing on your own. Trading housing with visiting exchange students coming to Haas is often an option.

Will my student medical insurance be valid?
Berkeley's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will be valid while you are abroad, provided you are properly registered and pay all your current Berkeley fees before you leave. SHIP will cover 100% of emergency department care, 90% of hospitalization, and 80% of professional fees--such as physicians' fees, lab tests or x-rays--while out of the country. Care must be medically necessary, as determined by Blue Cross, to be covered by SHIP. You must pay out of pocket for any health expenses incurred while on your semester abroad, and seek reimbursement when you return by bringing your bills to the Student Health Insurance Office. The plan does not cover medical evacuation from a foreign country or repatriation of remains.

If you have private coverage and waived enrollment in SHIP, be sure to check with your private insurance carrier on the extent of coverage while abroad.

How do I get a visa?
The partner school will provide the necessary documentation to get a student visa, but you are responsible for submitting the paperwork to the appropriate governmental agencies far enough in advance that you can start school on time.

Will I be able to participate in on-campus recruiting?
Some of our partner schools have on-campus recruiting in the Fall and allow exchange students to participate. However, this may not be the case at the partner school of your choice, and/or the mix of employers recruiting there may not match your career goals. Thus, you should plan on a proactive job search. See the next item for more information.

How will an exchange affect my job search?
You may register for on-campus recruiting at Haas, receive all of the emails from the recruiting coordinator, and submit résumés and cover letters for interviews via fax or email attachments while on exchange. However, this is impractical unless you plan to fly back for each interview. Thus, if you are considering going on exchange, you also may have to plan a proactive job search, depending on your career goals and situation. If you are interested in industries that recruit primarily in the fall (e.g., consulting and investment banking) you should network and develop contacts in these industries before leaving Berkeley. You should stay in touch with these contacts and visit their European, Latin American, Asian or New York offices while you are on exchange. You also should do everything possible to fly back to campus for a week of interviews with firms in November, either on campus or elsewhere. In other fields, excellent career opportunities often become available during the Spring semester when you will be back at Haas. Students who are on exchange often put their résumés into the second-year résumé book, indicating in the education section of the résumé that they will be away for the Fall semester. If you do this, be sure to include the phone number and address number where you can be reached while away.

When will classes start?
Your classes will start at the normal date for the school you selected. Some are on the quarter system, so your summer break will be longer than usual. However, some schools offer a period of intensive language training for exchange students before regular classes start. Sometimes final exams are in January; as an accommodation to exchange students, you will be allowed to take them in December.

Will I like it?
Studying abroad can be a wonderful chance to experience another culture and meet students from another part of the world. It also can be very challenging to find housing and negotiate a foreign city while keeping up with the academic demands of another top MBA program. We have a file of feedback from Haas students and alumni who participated in exchanges. You can ask them for their impressions and tips. During your first year, there are likely to be some second-year students on exchange from the schools you are considering. They are a wonderful source of advice.