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An integral part of a student’s Program of Concentration – Africa, Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, Europe, or South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa – is the summer immersion which spans eight weeks in June and July of a student’s first year in the Lauder program. Students travel to multiple sites to learn about the culture, history, social customs, and business practices in the target region.
To find out more about the summer immersions, take a look at the detailed schedule for the 2016 summer immersion programs here.
The 8-week summer immersion program is divided into two segments:
5-6 weeks of advanced language education, experiential learning and cultural activities in West Africa, East Africa or Portuguese-Speaking Africa (depending on target languages).
2-3 weeks in Ethiopia and South Africa for all students in the Africa Program of Concentration.
EAST and SOUTHEAST ASIA
5-6 weeks of advanced language education with experiential learning and cultural activities in China, Japan or another country (depending on target languages).
2-3 weeks in China, Japan and South Korea for the entire East and Southeast Asia Program of Concentration.
5-6 weeks of advanced language education with experiential learning and cultural activities in France, Germany, Spain or Russia (depending on target languages).
2-3 weeks in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany for the entire Europe Program of Concentration.
LATIN AMERICAN REGION
5-6 weeks of advanced language education with experiential learning and cultural activities in Brazil or Colombia (depending on target languages).
2-3 weeks in Peru, Brazil and Mexico for the entire Latin America Program of Concentration.
SOUTH ASIA, MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA
5-6 weeks of advanced language instruction with experiential learning and cultural activities in Tunisia, Morocco or India (depending on target languages).
2-3 weeks in the Gulf and South Asia region for the entire South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Program of Concentration.
For students in the Global Program of Concentration, the summer immersion is a multi-country introduction to leading issues in global business, international politics, cross-border transactions, and intercultural communication. Students will gain exposure and understanding of these matters from the summer immersion through a combination of classroom lectures, corporate visits, practitioner engagement, field exercises, and intercultural activities. While immersion locations may change year-to-year, students will visit no less than 5 countries in 2-3 different continents. Time in each locale can range from a few days to one week depending on program needs.
Classroom lectures will provide students with contextual knowledge and historical background to enhance their critical thinking skills and their capacity to engage corporate, government, and non-government practitioners effectively in their field.
Corporate visits have two main purposes: first, they aim to introduce students to leading and new industries of global and country-specific significance; and second, to provide students with a “lab-like” setting in which to examine how competitive, macroeconomic, intercultural, and geopolitical factors affect management policies and practice.
Field exercises are geared to enhance the global business leadership capacity and knowledge accumulation of our students through self-directed and shared tasks that require team participation, intercultural communication, public presentations, and self-assessment.
Cultural immersion is infused throughout the above three activity areas, as well as, more conventionally, through the introduction of country-specific cultural icons and exposure to museums, music, marketplaces, and neighborhoods that make explicit the socio-cultural origins of differences in values, tastes, and economic organization and practice.