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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.

Autumn 2020: Geopolitical Forces in Business

This quarter will explore how global organizations anticipate, respond to, and shape political events. We seek to invite leaders who sit between the public and private sectors to untangle the complex relationships between business and politics. For instance, we hope to discuss questions such as: How do US companies lobby for political change in foreign governments? How do companies leverage governmental liaisons to succeed and scale in foreign governments? How do foreign entities anticipate how US political events (such as the November presidential election) will impact global business?

Winter 2021: Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan

In the late 20th century, these four economies were dubbed “The Asian Miracle” or “The Four Asian Tigers” because of their rapid economic development and growth. More than 50 years later, we will revisit these regions to examine their effect on global business. We’ll ask business leaders who have worked, lived and/or depended on these economies to answer questions such as: How have their rapid growth and ‘democratization’ impacted how companies in these regions operate now? Does the title of ‘miracle’ still hold up after challenges such as the 2008 financial crisis, the COVID19 outbreak, and political challenges? What is next for organizations and businesses in these four former tigers?

Spring 2021: COVID-Global Health Crisis One Year Later

We are in the midst of a global public health crisis now, and multinational companies are scrambling to adjust to new obstacles, challenges, concerns and even opportunities. Approximately one year after the initial shelter-in-place orders within the US, we will invite leaders to describe how their companies have changed since Spring 2020. Will the global travel industry have recovered? What new technologies/companies have arisen to address the challenges presented by the crisis? Which global economies rebounded the most quickly and why?

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.