An historic strength of the Lauder Institute curriculum, regional programs develop a student’s understanding of the geographic, historical, social, political, and economic features of a particular area through coursework, cultural immersion, and – for many students – rigorous language study.

Upon admission to the Lauder Institute, students choose a Program of Concentration from the following list:


Of growing global and strategic importance, Africa is distinguished by subnational cultural differences and significant regional economic clusters. Read more in our Africa Program Brochure.

East and Southeast Asia

Increasingly central to global economic development, East Asia, inclusive of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other neighboring countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, is distinguished by a remarkable array of religious faiths, political regime types, natural resources, and diverse ethnicities.


Inclusive of Russia and its western and southern neighbors such as the Ukraine, Turkey, and the countries of Central Asia, Europe is distinguished by its recent centrality in world politics and role as trendsetter in global culture, diplomacy, and economy.


As a field of concentration, global is distinguished by its emphasis on the role of international actors and intersections and transgressions across national borders and world regions. These intersections define some of the world’s greatest challenges and changes in the nature of political and economic power today.

Latin America

With vital connections and rivalries in both Asia and Europe, the Americas is distinguished by the diversity of its development trajectories and importance to global economic integration.

South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

Encompassing some of the most diverse people on earth, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa are connected to Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia as another area of growing centrality to world politics and economy.

Each Program of Concentration includes a required eight-week immersion during a student’s first summer at Lauder as well as two Short-term Immersions. These elements combine to create an integrated program that no international MBA curriculum alone can match.