International Field Seminar
Where? Destinations vary
When? May, optional
ESMT MBA candidates can participate in a two-week international seminar (IFS) during their elective time. Destinations vary by year, and are linked to one of the elective tracks. Students in the Innovation and Technology track will have a chance to visit an international hotbed for high-tech innovation. Meanwhile, Global Sustainability students can visit a country or region facing development challenges.
Each group decides what companies and/or organizations they would like to visit, and MBA candidates contact the companies to arrange visits themselves. This helps strengthen each student's international network and allows the student group to guide the trip. Previous IFS destinations have been Silicon Valley, China, India, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Botswana, Russia and Turkey. Students have arranged visits to companies such as IDEO, Google, McKinsey, Allianz, Bayer, PepsiCo, Gazprom, Bosch, Ashoka, Baidu, and Unilever.
Students are charged a fixed fee to participate on the International Field Seminar elective, depending on travel and in-country costs. A rough estimate of the expected student contribution for 2016 is EUR 1,500. ESMT takes over additional costs and organizes all logistics for the trip including international and ground transportation, select meals, and hotel accommodations.