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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 2019: Global Business in Emerging Markets

The GBF will host executives who have worked in emerging markets to share their insights about how business changes (or stays the same) in economies with nascent infrastructure. Executives will be asked to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with building and sustaining organizations in these environments of high risk and volatility, and to share the strategies that they use to mitigate risk and leverage emerging markets.

Winter 2020: Global Entrepreneurship

This quarter will explore the question, what does it mean to be a global entrepreneur? We’ll take many perspectives to answer this question, from examining how entrepreneurs assess global markets to the challenges and opportunities of growing a local start up to global markets, to investigating the characteristics that make certain geographic areas more likely to foster entrepreneurship. Our speaker series will invite entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial process to reflect on what “global entrepreneurship” means in theory and practice.

Spring 2020: Global High Tech

This quarter will investigate technology sectors across the world. We’ll examine the challenges and opportunities that global companies face when they are exploring, developing, and deploying new technologies. We will ask executives to share their thinking about how their thinking about data, security, and e-commerce across borders has changed, and to share how technology has accelerated (or changed) how companies work and grow internationally. We also hope to hear our speaker’s predictions on how global technology will change in the future—are there big game changers just around the corner?

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.