Lauder students pursue a course of study in a Program of Concentration.

Programs of Concentration

Lauder students pursue a course of study in a Program of Concentration. Currently, the Institute offers six Programs of Concentration: Africa, Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Global, and South Asia – Middle East – North Africa. During the 24-month Program, students study geographic, historical, social, political, economic and cultural contexts in a variety of ways: during summer immersion, language study, Lauder Intercultural Ventures and the Global Knowledge Lab.

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. 

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.


Global is distinguished by an emphasis on the role of political and economic drivers and their impact on order-making.  Special focus is given to identification and analysis of the actors, cross-border intersections, and new formations taking shape within and across national borders and world regions.  These factors define some of the world’s greatest challenges and changes in 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 a vast and diverse region, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa play an important role in 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 Lauder Intercultural Ventures (LIVs). These elements combine to create an integrated program that no international MBA curriculum alone can match.

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