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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 (IBUS 579) during three academic quarters for Full-time MBAs, and two academic quarters for Evening MBAs, is a requirement for the Global Business Certificate.

GBF schedule

The Global Business Forum takes place Mondays, 5:00-5:50 PM. Each quarter offers diverse discussions under a uniting global business theme. Christina Fong is the lead faculty for GBF.

FALL 2021: Global Approaches to Sustainability and Climate Change

As attention and urgency has increased regarding climate change and conservation and stewardship of natural resources, companies and global organizations have played a key role in shaping and leading actionable progress towards sustainability. This quarter, we will invite leaders from emerging and established countries to share how they have helped to take collective action to address climate change. We will invite multiple approaches towards identifying global solutions towards climate change, including clean energy, responsible consumption habits, and conserving biodiversity. We hope to learn about how global business leaders have influenced and been influenced by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, how they have invested and allocated resources towards these efforts, and how they have worked in partnership across borders, industries, and governments to tackle climate change.

WINTER 2022: Doing Business with Africa

The GBF will host executives who have worked in Africa or have built and maintained significant relationships with companies in countries in Africa to share their experiences. We will highlight several growing economies within the African continent and explore how companies based in the US and other countries have identified and evaluated potential opportunities for growth. Executives will be asked to compare and contrast their experiences in Africa with business experiences in the US and other countries to identify practices, approaches, and frameworks that facilitate strong and sustainable partnerships.

SPRING 2022: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on the Global Scale

Particularly since Spring of 2020, many US-based companies have publicly stated their commitment towards diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). How do these commitments play out in multinational companies, where cultures, power dynamics and historical contexts have shaped corporate cultures? We will invite DEI leaders to join us in wrestling with common “DEI Dilemmas” that global companies face. For instance, how does the definition of equity change (or stay the same) in other countries? How do national culture and government influence whose voices are amplified within organizations? How can global leaders maintain an authentic commitment towards DEI while respecting the diversity of cultures and customs that exist within their organizations?

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.