International experience

International experience

MSc International Management has international elements embedded throughout the programme, so you will graduate with applied, international leadership experience. As well as attending the European Immersion and completing the Leadership in Action module, you will also have the opportunity to expand your international experience further by applying to take modules at one of our global partner universities or to choose to take the Global Immersion elective along with other students in the Business School.

The European Immersion will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the dynamics of business in another country. The two-day trip will consist of a number of visits to technology and innovation companies, and a networking event. Last year’s MSc Management cohort travelled to Berlin or Lisbon for their European Immersion.

Read more about the MSc Management 2018-19 European Immersion to Lisbon

The optional one-week Global Immersion will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the social and cultural dynamics of business in another country. The trip will consist of a number of visits to different companies across a range of industry sectors, as well as social and cultural activities. Offering excellent networking opportunities, you will travel with students from other programmes across the Business School. Last year’s MSc Management cohort travelled to Dubai/Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong/Shenzen and New York for their Global Immersions.

Please note that students will be required to pay additional costs.

The Leadership in Action module runs throughout the year and allows you to gain international consulting experience.

The focus of the module is on developing your leadership potential, through managing a real design thinking consulting project from inception to completion in a global context. Drawing on the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme, you will apply problem solving techniques to a complex and challenging business problem, and apply your learning by developing a product or service.

As part of the module you will travel abroad to Brazil or India for a week, test your business model in a different cultural and socioeconomic environment and deliver a solution to the client. You will be coached and mentored throughout the project by faculty and will complete the module by writing an individual reflective piece around your learning.

This fully immersive module will form the backbone of the programme and will give you an understanding of how to perform effectively as individuals, within a team and within an organisation. The module will raise global awareness through experiencing first-hand how socioeconomic and cultural differences can affect the way that business is conducted in another country.

We are pleased to be part of the Global MiM Network, an international exchange programme for Master’s in Management students, between four leading business schools.

This gives you the opportunity to study at another business school for up to one term as part of the MSc International Management programme, providing an enhanced, authentic global study experience.

The other business schools in the Global MiM Network are:

  • ESMT Berlin
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Business (SMU)
  • Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada.

If you participate in the Global MiM Network, you will take core modules at Imperial College Business School, before travelling overseas to complete additional courses at one or more of the other schools in the alliance. You will be supported in making your study decisions via a pathway programme, aligned across the curricula and individual expertise of each participating school.

During the exchange, you will also access additional benefits from the exchange school such as support from careers services, and attending on-campus recruitment events. You will gain greater cultural understanding of the country which you are studying in and become part of a much larger alumni network.

Upon graduation, you will receive a degree from Imperial as well as certificates reflecting the courses taken at other partner institutions.

There will be no additional tuition fees required to participate in the programme, which will be offered to 12 students starting their studies in September 2019. Students will be required to submit an application to join the programme.

For the application process, students need to answer the following questions :

  1. Briefly describe why you would like to participate in the Study Abroad programme e.g. academic goals, career goals, global exposure. (We check that the exchanges fit with the students’ career goals and look for people who are interested in a global career.)
  2. What do you think will be the main impact of you being away from the Business School during your Study Abroad period? (We check that the students have thought about how the exchange will fit with other electives/modules on the programme and how they will balance their workload.)
  3. Describe why you think you will be a good ambassador for Imperial College Business School whilst away on your Study Abroad programme. (We particularly look for leadership qualities so that the students we send out are likely to be proactive, make the most of the opportunity, build a network and will hopefully make a good impression when they are abroad.)

You will also have the chance to expand your international experience further by applying to take modules at one of our global partner universities. Each university has its own specialism allowing you to tailor your CV to your specific career aspirations.

Our global partner universities are:

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • ESAN
  • ESSEC Business School
  • ESC Rennes
  • Fudan
  • HEC Paris
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • National Univeristy of Singapore
  • Norweigan School of Economics
  • Rotterdam School of Management
  • Tsinghua University
  • Schulich School of Business
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

In 2017-18, MSc Management students participated in the following programmes:

  • ESAN – CRM for the next generation in Lima, Peru
  • ESSEC Asia Pacific – Global Manager in Asia programme in Singapore
  • ESC Rennes – Responsible Management Programme in Rennes, France
  • HEC Paris – HEC Summer School – Luxury Brand Management module in Paris
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management – Doing Business in Europe programme in Leipzig and Prague
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University.
  • Norweigan School of Economics – Social Entrepreneurship in Bergen, Norway
  • Schulich School of Business – Sustainability: A Transdisciplinary Perspective in Toronto, Canada

Read about our student’s experience at HEC in a student blog »

As part of our commitment to diversity, you are expected to enrich your experience and gain new cultural insights by studying a language such as Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian or Arabic, using a technology-driven approach. You will have access to language classes on campus and premium access to an innovative app.

Student reflections on international experience

I thought it was interesting hearing and finding out how Lisbon is a prominent area for investment and that a lot of people are interested in the city. I also found out a lot about business in Lisbon in general, I did not know that it had so many opportunities for startups and growth.

Chiara DerecqueMSc Management 2018-19Hear more from Chiara Derecque
Manuel-Coutinho

I attended the international trip to Prague. It was super beneficial not only as it provided an insight into how the business landscape of another country works (and would otherwise be out of reach if it wasn’t for the Imperial brand), but also provided the opportunity to interact and get to know people from our programme who I hadn’t previously had the chance of getting to know.

Manuel Pereira CoutinhoMSc Management 2017-18
Jacqueline-Burks

The opportunity to attend the International Study Tour in Dubai was an unforgettable experience for me. My cohort and I spent one week in Dubai learning first-hand about the business culture of the Middle East, which for me personally was an area of the world which I previously did not have the opportunity to explore.

Jacqueline BurksMSc Management 2017-18
connie Chau

I attended an international trip to Lisbon, which was a really great opportunity supported by the school to travel outside of London to continue learning. It was beneficial to me because I got to see some of the business concepts we learned in the classroom applied outside of the classroom, in real-life businesses. It’s always exciting when you can recognise a concept or theory you’ve been taught in the real world!

Connie ChauMSc Management 2017-18