Seminars in International Business (“SIB”) are designed to introduce EWMBA student participants to the culture, history and business environment in various countries.
Each SIB program focuses on a country or combination of countries that will illustrate how business environments vary across cultures. These programs do not focus on specific industries. Rather, by examining a variety of companies and industries, the goal is to develop a broader perspective of how business is conducted in a particular region of the world.
Students may only participate in one SIB during their tenure in the EWMBA program.
DO NOT SIGN-UP IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE THE IN-CLASS DATE AT HAAS AND THE IN-COUNTRY WORK DATES.
China (Beijing & Shanghai)
Sample SIB China Syllabus
Instructor: Arman Zand
Spotlight: Technology and venture capital
South Africa (Johannesburg & Cape Town)
Sample SIB South Africa Syllabus
Instructor: Mark Rittenberg and Ingrid Gavshon
Highlights from SIB South Africa (Spring 2019)
Participation in this course is restricted to Evening & Weekend students enrolled at Haas. Due to Core course scheduling, only Summer SIB trips are open to first-year students. Please check your availability for the trips prior to bidding because once you are enrolled in an SIB course you will not be allowed to drop the course.
Enrollment is done via the normal Bidding Process. Once you are enrolled in an SIB in a Bidding round or in the special Add Only round you will only be able to drop the course via the Exception Request process and only for compelling and emergent reasons.
We recommend that students reach out to faculty for more information about each specific class/trip.
Each course is a combination of pre-sessions at Haas, a one-week study tour of the region, followed by a post-session at Haas. Students also complete a project, which will be determined by the faculty leader.
All pre- and post-sessions are mandatory. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, please do not continue enrollment in the course. All sessions must be attended in-person. Missing a session will jeopardize your grade.
Your hotel accommodations and in-country travel (daily bus and city to city transfers) are covered by the program. Daily breakfasts are provided at the hotel. Additionally, a welcome and closing dinner may be included.
- All participating students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to/from the program location(s) and obtaining and paying for any required visas.
- Although it is possible that some meals will be provided, students should expect to pay for their own meals and all incidentals while traveling with the program. You should also budget for the cost of daily lunches and dinners during your trip including any hotel incidentals. All alcoholic beverages are at your own expense.
- Students are required to be in-country for all instructional days and actively participate in the program per the itinerary (see dates/times on the Fact Sheet above). Students who wish to spend additional time in-country are encouraged to do so either before or after the mandatory programming and instructional days.
- Any optional excursions are also at your expense.
All students will receive a single room. Accommodations will be at U.S. 3 or 4-star comparable hotels and provide basic hotel amenities. Check-in will be on Sunday before the in-country week begins and check-out will be the following Saturday.
Yes. Please review the instructional dates carefully to ensure you are in-country at the appropriate time. Our travel partners may also have options to purchase pre and post night rooms at a negotiated rate. You can reserve and pay for these rooms on the travel website when it becomes available.
The daily agenda usually runs from 8AM-5PM with some evening commitments. As an academic trip, you are expected to participate in all activities and excursions. The trip may include stops and trips to various cultural excursions. You are also free to explore and enjoy time with your colleagues on evenings when nothing is planned.
SIB is an academic trip and will include a full week of company visits and cultural excursions. Only enrolled students are allowed in the activities and transportation during the week of instruction, thus bringing non-enrolled individuals to your trip is highly discouraged.
All enrolled SIB students are required to register with UC Traveler Insurance (select the UC Away link) prior to departing. Coverage includes medical care, evacuation, and extraction in the event of an emergency. Our travel partners also have additional coverage available should you need supplemental coverage. Faculty and staff will also be on the trip to assist in handling any situations. Evidence of registration must be provided to the EWMBA Program Office in advance of the program departure. UC Traveler Insurance does not cover flights cancelled in the case of COVID-19 or course cancellations.
Travel overseas, especially to developing countries and emerging markets, may expose participants to health and other risks different from those that they face at home. Although we will do our best to make participants aware of such risks and will make efforts to minimize risks, the ultimate responsibility lies with the participant. Students are advised to check with the Centers for Disease Control and the US State Department for information on health and safety issues.
Each participant must obtain, at their own expense, any vaccinations, inoculations or other medications considered appropriate for a prudent traveler to the destination(s).