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International Curriculum

GBC offers several options for MBA students looking to build a solid academic foundation in global business. Review the tabs below for more information. Send an email to MBA Global Programs with any questions.

Global Business Forum

The Global Business Forum (GBF) is an engaging MBA class and discussion forum where professionals from around the world share their insights into the complexities of doing business globally – differences encountered, obstacles overcome, advantages discovered, and solutions developed.

The GBF is intentionally designed to connect students directly with global business leaders. Students are offered opportunities to lead Q&A discussions, summarize presentations for speaker follow-up, and engage in 1:1 meaningful conversations with speakers.

Who can participate in GBF?

MBAs, graduate students from other UW departments, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate. Enrollment for credit in the Global Business Forum (BA 545, Global Business Issues) during three academic quarters is a requirement for the Global Business Certificate (see first tab on this page for information about the certificate).

GBF schedule

The Global Business Forum takes place Mondays, 12:30-1:20pm for daytime MBAs and 5:00-5:50pm for Evening MBAs. Each quarter offers diverse discussions under a uniting global business theme. Christina Fong is the lead faculty for the Forum.

Autumn 2016: Global Perspectives on Health Care

This quarter will investigate the fast changing and growing sector of health care. We’ll ask health care executives to answer questions such as: How can business help to address pressing global health issues? How do governmental oversight and infrastructure differences across borders affect an organization’s ability to provide quality health care? How do countries and cultures differ in their approach to defining, conceptualizing, and delivering health care?

Winter 2017: Corporate Social Responsibility in Multinational Companies

In the winter, we will invite executives across a wide range of industries and sectors to participate in an in-depth discussion of social responsibility in global organizations. We hope to learn how global companies develop and maintain a commitment to corporate social responsibility. We’ll ask how CSR activities are impacted by cross cultural differences, and explore whether globalization triggers a sense of social responsibility or vice versa. We’ll look for differences in CSR approaches between the developed and developing countries, and ask speakers to share their successes and failures in implementing social good through their businesses.

Spring 2017: Doing Business in Africa

The GBF will host executives who have worked in Africa or have built and maintained significant relationships with companies in Africa to share their insights about the modern African economy. Executives will be asked to compare and contrast their experiences in Africa with business experiences in the US and other countries, to discuss and identify opportunities in Africa, as well as the possible pitfalls of doing work in Africa.

International courses

University of Washington Foster School of Business students interested in global business can select from a variety of elective courses in the Foster School, at an MBA exchange partner school, or in another UW graduate department.

Enrollment in international course electives is a requirement of the Global Business Certificate Program. A wide variety of international electives are offered in various UW graduate departments including the Jackson School of International Studies, Evans School of Public Affairs, Department of Political Science, Law School and Department of Communications.

400-level international undergraduate courses are available at the Foster School. MBA students may take up to two undergraduate courses with pre-approval from the MBA Program Office. Check with Undergraduate Program Office for an academic course schedule.

This is not an exhaustive list; changes are made every quarter. For a complete list, contact the associated academic department or view the current UW course catalog.

To see descriptions of elective course content, view MBA Course Descriptions.


Seminar in International Accounting

Business Communications

Crosstalk: Communicating Across Cultures and Professions

Business Economics

Competing in the Global Economy
Financial Markets
International Finance
International Financial Management


International Financial Management
Asian Capital Market Structure

International Business

Global Business Forum
International Business Consulting
International Trade Policy
Perspectives on International Business
Foundations of International Business
Cross-Cultural Conversations on Contemporary Issues
Global Business Study Tour
Selected Topics in Global Business


Deal-Making in the Global Arena
Managing Effectively Across Cultures


International Marketing

Operations Management

Global Logistics Management
Seminar in Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics

Course titles and numbers are subject to change. Current quarter course schedules can be viewed on the UW course catalog website.